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Cost of Attendance and Student Need

When you apply for financial assistance, the Office of Financial Aid makes a determination of what you and your family can afford to contribute toward the cost of your education. The difference between the expenses associated with your legal education (Cost of Attendance) and your ability to contribute to those expenses is your "need." Your need represents the maximum amount of assistance for which you will be eligible.

Expenses deemed acceptable in building a Cost of Attendance budget are those directly related to the cost of attending the School of Law. The Office of Financial Aid is concerned only with financing your attendance; therefore, you will be held to a "modest-moderate" living standard based on the local living expense costs for the DC metropolitan area. The estimated nine-month 2018-2019 full-time and part-time student budgets for DC residents, metropolitan area residents, and non-residents appear below.

Full Time First Year Student Cost of Attendance

Cost RESIDENT METRO   NONRESIDENT
Tuition1 $ 11,838 $ 17,756 $ 23,674
Student Fees 1,000 1,000 1,000
Student Health Insurance2 1,190 1,190 1,190
Laptop Computer3 2,000 2,000 2,000
Transportation 2,500 3,000 3,000
Books/Supplies 2,000 2,000 2,000
Rent 14,400 14,400 14,400
Utilities 1,800 1,800 1,800
Food 4,000 4,000 4,000
Miscellaneous 4,000 4,000 4,000
TOTAL $ 44,728 $ 51,146 $ 57,064
+ Loan Fees4 *** *** ***
 

1. During the summer semester, tuition is charged on a per-credit basis ($402 per credit hour for residents, $601 per credit hour for metro residents, and $802 per credit hour for non-residents). The Metro rate applies only to students admitted for Fall 2018 or later.

2. Students may waive university-sponsored health insurance coverage with proof of a comparable plan.

3. Each student is required to have a laptop computer. In determining the student budget, a laptop computer is a one-time allowance.

4. Loan fees will vary depending on the amount borrowed.

 

Part Time First Year Student Cost of Attendance

Cost RESIDENT METRO   NONRESIDENT
Tuition1 $ 8,040 $ 12,020 $ 16,040
Student Fees 1,000 1,000 1,000
Student Health Insurance2 1,190 1,190 1,190
Laptop Computer3 2,000 2,000 2,000
Transportation 2,500 3,000 3,000
Books/Supplies 1,400 1,400 1,400
Rent 14,400 14,400 14,400
Utilities 1,800 1,800 1,800
Food 4,000 4,000 4,000
Miscellaneous 4,000 4,000 4,000
TOTAL $ 40,330 $ 44,810 $ 48,830
+ Loan Fees5 *** *** ***
 

1. Part-time tuition is charged on a per-credit basis ($402 per credit hour for residents, $601 per credit hour for metro residents, and $802 per credit hour for non-residents). This budget assumes 20 credits for the academic year. The Metro rate applies only to students admitted for Fall 2018 or later.

2. Students may waive university-sponsored health insurance coverage with proof of a comparable plan.

3. Each student is required to have a laptop computer. In determining the student budget, a laptop computer is a one-time allowance.

4. Loan fees will vary depending on the amount borrowed.

 

The budget above covers the standard nine-month, Fall and Spring, academic year. Summer tuition is charged per credit-hour: $402 per credit hour for residents, $601 per credit hour for metro residents, and $802 per credit hour for non-residents, and all applicable allowances above are prorated based on a 3-month attendance period.

Modifications to the Standard Cost of Attendance Budget

In most cases, the budget the Office of Financial Aid uses to determine a particular student's need will be the standard resident or non-resident budget. However, there are cases when specific components in the standard student budget may be adjusted to reflect special circumstances.

For example, Cost of Attendance budgets for students with individual expenses relating to a medical condition, disability, or child care costs may be included in the Cost of Attendance Budget when the student provides acceptable documentation of the expenses to the Office of Financial Aid.

 

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