I've previously noted that there are significant regional differences in the cost of law school. Put simply, it's cheaper to go to law school in Philadelphia than in many other - and perhaps virtually all other - cities. And now, it's gotten even less expensive.
A month or two ago, Penn State announced that it would offer Pennsylvania residents a $20,000 annual tuition discount irrespective of credentials. And now, Villanova has levied a massive volley at all market competitors, offering three years of free tuition for applicants with a 157/3.6 GPA.
I know that my school, Drexel Law, works to match scholarship offers from Villanova, Penn State, Rutgers-Camden and Temple. Villanova's maneuver will put tremendous pressure on Temple, Penn State, and Rutgers-Camden to up their awards. Widener is going to get caught up in this as well. The price of law school in Philly is dropping fast.
A month ago I said that a person with a 161 could attend a very good law school for free in Philly. Now I'd have to make that a 157, with significant discounts available to folks with a 154 or 155.