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Sturm College of Law

Cost of Attendance

Below, you'll see estimated costs for students in Sturm College of Law programs.

We do not automatically assume students in the law school will take courses in the summer term, so you won't see those costs listed below. Eligibility for financial aid for the summer is limited; if you need aid for the summer term, you must complete a separate application in the spring.

Learn more about direct vs. indirect costs.

Cost of Attendance Overview

 

Full-Time JD Program, LLM Program and Master of Legal Studies Programs

  • Estimated Direct Costs for 2019-2020

    These costs will appear on your University bill, and are based on the number of credits you take each semester. For the 2019-20 academic year, tuition is $1,753 per credit. The table below assumes 15 credits of enrollment per term.

    Category Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Total
    Tuition (15 credits) $26,295 $26,295 $52,590
    Fees* $166 $166 $332
    Health Insurance** $1,575 $1,575 $3,150
    Budget Total $28,036 $28,036 $56,072

    *Fees not listed in the above table include:

    • Loan Repayment Assistance Program Fee = $90 (one-time/first semester only)
    • Health and Counseling Fee = $600/year (optional)


    **If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged in both the fall and spring semester for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan.

  • Estimated Indirect Costs for 2019-2020

    To determine these estimated expenses, we research the cost of living in the DU area and use recommended guidelines published by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Your actual costs may be different.

    Category Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Total
    Books $600 $600 $1,200
    Housing & Meals $7,826 $7,825 $15,651
    Transportation $768 $767 $1,535
    Personal Expenses $702 $702 $1,404
    Loan Fees** $110 $110 $220
    Total $10,006 $10,004 $20,010

    *A 1.066% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The loan fees listed above are the average for graduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

Total COA per semester is $38,042. Total COA for the entire 2019-20 academic year (excluding summer) is $76,082.

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Part-Time JD Program

  • Estimated Direct Costs for 2019-2020

    These costs will appear on your University bill, and are based on the number of credits you take each semester. For the 2019-20 academic year, tuition is $1,753 per credit. The table below assumes 11 credits of enrollment per term.

    Category Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Total
    Tuition (11 credits) $19,283 $19,283 $38,566
    Fees* $136 $136 $272
    Health Insurance** $1,575 $1,575 $3,150
    Budget Total $20,994 $20,994 $41,988

    *Fees not listed in the above table include:

    • Loan Repayment Assistance Program Fee = $90 (one-time/first semester only)
    • Health and Counseling Fee = $600/year (optional)


    **If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged in both the fall and spring semester for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan.

  • Estimated Indirect Costs for 2019-2020

    To determine these estimated expenses, we research the cost of living in the DU area and use recommended guidelines published by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Your actual costs may be different.

    Category Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Total
    Books $600 $600 $1,200
    Housing & Meals $7,826 $7,825 $15,651
    Transportation $768 $767 $1,535
    Personal Expenses $702 $702 $1,404
    Loan Fees* $110 $110 $220
    Total $10,006 $10,004 $20,010

    *A 1.066% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The loan fees listed above are the average for graduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

Total COA per semester is $31,000. Total COA for the entire 2019-20 academic year (excluding summer) is $61,998.

Online MSLA Program

  • Estimated Direct Costs for 2019-2020

    These costs will appear on your University bill, and are based on the number of credits you take each semester. For the 2019-20 academic year, tuition is $1,753 per credit. The table below assumes 7 credits of enrollment per term.

    Category Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Total
    Tuition (7 credits) $12,271 $12,271 $24,542
    Fees* $120 $120 $240
    Health Insurance** $1,575 $1,575 $3,150
    Budget Total $13,966 $13,966 $27,932

    *Fees not listed in the above table include:

    • Loan Repayment Assistance Program Fee = $90 (one-time/first semester only)
    • Health and Counseling Fee = $600/year (optional)


    **If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged in both the fall and spring semester for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan. 

  • Estimated Indirect Costs for 2019-2020

    To determine these estimated expenses, we research the cost of living in the DU area and use recommended guidelines published by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Your actual costs may be different.

    Category Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Total
    Books $600 $600 $1,200
    Housing & Meals $7,826 $7,825 $15,651
    Transportation $768 $767 $1,535
    Personal Expenses $702 $702 $1,404
    Loan Fees* $110 $110 $220
    Total $10,006 $10,004 $20,010

    *A 1.066% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The loan fees listed above are the average for graduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

     

Total COA per semester is $23,972. Total COA for the entire 2019-20 academic year (excluding summer) is $47,942.

Master of Taxation Programs

Full-Time Students

  • Estimated Direct Costs for 2019-2020

    These costs will appear on your University bill, and are based on the number of credits you take each quarter. For the 2019-20 academic year, tuition is $1,426 per credit. The table below assumes 12 credits of enrollment per term, but your actual enrollment may be different.

    Category Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Total
    Tuition (12 credits) $17,112 $17,112 $17,112 $51,336
    Fees $118 $118 $118 $354
    Health Insurance* $1,575 --- $1,575 $3,150
    Budget Total $18,805 $17,230 $18,805 $54,840

    *If you participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Program, you will be charged only in the fall and spring quarters for 12-month coverage. You may waive participation in the program if you are covered by another plan.

  • Estimated Indirect Costs for 2019-2020

    To determine these estimated expenses, we research the cost of living in the DU area and use recommended guidelines published by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Your actual costs may be different.

    Category Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Total
    Books $400 $400 $400 $1,200
    Housing & Meals $5,217 $5,217 $5,216 $15,650
    Transportation $555 $555 $555 $1,665
    Personal Expenses $468 $468 $468 $1,404
    Loan Fees** $69 $69 $68 $206
    Total $6,709 $6,709 $6,708 $20,126

    *A 1.066% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The loan fees listed above are the average for graduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

Total COA per quarter is $25,514. Total COA for the entire 2019-20 academic year (excluding summer) is $74,996.

Part-Time Students

  • Estimated Direct Costs for 2019-2020

    These costs will appear on your University bill, and are based on the number of credits you take each quarter. For the 2019-20 academic year, tuition is $1,426 per credit. The table below assumes 4 credits of enrollment per term, but your actual enrollment may be different.

    Category Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Total
    Tuition (4 credits) $5,704 $5,704 $5,704 $17,112
    Fees $77 $77 $77 $231
    Budget Total $5,781 $5,781 $5,781 $17,343
  • Estimated Indirect Costs for 2019-2020

    To determine these estimated expenses, we research the cost of living in the DU area and use recommended guidelines published by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Your actual costs may be different.

    Category Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Total
    Books $200 $200 $200 $600
    Housing & Meals $5,217 $5,217 $5,216 $15,650
    Transportation $555 $555 $555 $1,665
    Personal Expenses $468 $468 $468 $1,404
    Loan Fees** $69 $69 $68 $206
    Total $6,509 $6,509 $6,508 $19,526

    *A 1.066% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The loan fees listed above are the average for graduate students who borrow these loans. Actual fees will depend on the amount borrowed.

Total COA per quarter is $12,290. Total COA for the entire 2019-20 academic year (excluding summer) is $36,869.

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Enrollment Adjustments for Law Students

Your cost of attendance and financial aid are based on the typical enrollment in your program:

  • Full-time JD students and most LLM and master's students: 12-15 credits
  • Part-time JD students: 8-11 credits
  • Part-time MSLA students: 4-7 credits

We verify the enrollment all students enrolled in the Sturm College of Law (with the exception of graduate tax students) at the end of the 100% add/drop period each semester. If you are enrolled for fewer or more credits than listed above—or you are enrolled for both semester and quarter credits—you may need to have your cost of attendance and financial aid adjusted. If you are enrolled in fewer credits than anticipated, your financial aid refund may be too large and DU will bill you for overpayment after the end of the add/drop period. If you are enrolled in more credits than anticipated, you will receive a smaller refund to use for living expenses (if you plan on borrowing for those).

You can revise your cost of attendance by completing an Enrollment Adjustment Form and indicating your intended enrollment in the "Standard Enrollment Adjustment" or "Dual-Degree Enrollment" sections.

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