Prior to enrollment, you can expect the following financial obligations:
Application Fee. Apply for free online at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website until February 1! After February 1, the $65 fee accompanies your initial application for admission. It is a processing charge and is nonrefundable.
Tuition Deposit. This $250 nonrefundable deposit is applied to your first semester's tuition and ensures you a place in the entering class. The deposit is due on the date stated in your admission letter. A second $250 nonrefundable deposit is due by June 1 for admitted students starting fall term.
By law, financial aid cannot exceed the amount of these costs, which together comprise a standard student budget
Your specific cost of attendance may be increased with documentation of special financial circumstances (such as childcare), making you eligible for additional alternative credit-based loans
Financial lifestyle choices and personal expenses (such as credit card bills and car payments) cannot be included in student budget calculations
Financial aid is determined by need and cost of attendance.
Your financial need — difference between the cost of your education and your financial ability to pay for it.
Information on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines need by calculating what you can pay from your own resources. This amount is subtracted from your total cost of education. The difference is your financial need, and the amount we will try to help you meet with aid programs.
*Continuing students may use these figures but need to adjust the tuition figure according to expected credits ($1,772 per credit for summer 2023), $1,878 per credit fall and spring (2023-2024), and raise the book figure to $2,506 ($2,116 for part-time) (2023-2024).
If you decide to purchase or lease a laptop and need financial aid assistance, be sure to keep your receipt and documentation of payment. You must buy the laptop first and submit the receipt and proof of payment by you, the student (not parents, spouse or friend), to Student Financial Services. The purchase must be made within a reasonable time frame prior to matriculation or once enrolled at least half-time and before April 1 during an academic year. The expense may be added to your student budget one time only during your law school career, up to the purchase price, or a maximum of $1,450 (for academic year 2023-2024), whichever is less. This will increase your Grad PLUS or private loan eligibility (credit report required), in effect paying yourself back. Please weigh whether the financial terms of a credit based alternative loan are more beneficial than the original method of payment.
For answers to any questions you have about financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.