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Financial Aid for Law Students

Financial Aid for Law Students

Cost of Attendance

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The total cost of a DU education includes direct costs that will appear on your University bill, such as tuition and fees, as well as estimates for indirect costs such as books, transportation and personal expenses. (Sometimes you'll hear our staff also refer to your cost of attendance as your "student budget.")

Tuition rates for the following academic year are typically announced in November.

2018-19 Cost of Attendance

The figures below reflect sample budgets for the 2018-19 academic year (excluding summer semester). Your actual costs will depend on a number of factors, including the number of credit hours you take and discretionary expenses.

Full-Time JD Students and Most LLM and Master's Students

We assume that students in this program will be enrolled in 12-15 credits per semester during the 2018-19 school year (excluding summer) and will be assigned the following cost of attendance. If you plan to enroll in a different number of credits, please complete an enrollment adjustment form to have your cost of attendance adjusted.

Direct Costs:
(billed by DU)

Tuition (30 credits)

$50,610

 

Fees1

$332

 

Health Insurance2

$2,976

 

Subtotal

$53,918

Indirect Costs:
(not billed by DU)

Books

$1,200

 

Housing & Meals3

$15,048

 

Transportation

$1,535

 

Personal Expenses

$1,359

 

Loan Fees4

$222

 

Cost of Attendance

$73,282

1Fees not included in the above COA include:

  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program Fee = $90 (one-time/first semester only)
  • Health and Counseling Fee = $586/year (optional)

2 Health insurance is a direct cost (and you will therefore be charged for it) unless you waive the insurance offered through DU.

3Housing and meals may be direct costs if you live in campus housing and/or sign up for a meal plan.

4A 1.066% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The $222 listed is the average fee for law students who borrow these loans. Actual amounts will depend on the total borrowed.

Part-Time JD Students

We assume that students in this program will be enrolled in 8-11 credits per semester during the 2018-19 school year (excluding summer) and will be assigned the following cost of attendance. If you plan to enroll in a different number of credits, please complete an enrollment adjustment form to have your cost of attendance adjusted.

Direct Costs:
(billed by DU)

Tuition (22 credits)

$37,114

 

Fees1

$272

 

Health Insurance2

$2,976

 

Subtotal

$40,362

Indirect Costs:
(not billed by DU)

Books

$1,200

 

Housing & Meals3

$15,048

 

Transportation

$1,535

 

Personal Expenses

$1,359

 

Loan Fees4

$222

 

Cost of Attendance

$59,726

1Fees not included in the above COA include:

  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program Fee = $90 (one-time/first semester only)
  • Health and Counseling Fee = $586/year (optional)

2 Health insurance is a direct cost (and you will therefore be charged for it) unless you waive the insurance offered through DU.

3Housing and meals may be direct costs if you live in campus housing and/or sign up for a meal plan.

4A 1.066% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The $222 listed is the average fee for law students who borrow these loans. Actual amounts will depend on the total borrowed.

Part-Time MSLA Students

We assume that students in this program will be enrolled in 4-7 credits per semester during the 2018-19 school year (excluding summer) and will be assigned the following cost of attendance.If you plan to enroll in a different number of credits, please complete an enrollment adjustment form to have your cost of attendance adjusted.

Direct Costs:
(billed by DU)

Tuition (14 credits)

$23,618

 

Fees1

$240

 

Health Insurance2

$2,976

 

Subtotal

$26,834

Indirect Costs:
(not billed by DU)

Books

$1,200

 

Housing & Meals3

$15,048

 

Transportation

$1,535

 

Personal Expenses

$1,359

 

Loan Fees4

$222

 

Cost of Attendance

$46,198

1Fees not included in the above COA include:

  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program Fee = $90 (one-time/first semester only)
  • Health and Counseling Fee = $586/year (optional)

2 Health insurance is a direct cost (and you will therefore be charged for it) unless you waive the insurance offered through DU.

3Housing and meals may be direct costs if you live in campus housing and/or sign up for a meal plan.

4A 1.066% origination fee is taken out at disbursement of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. The $222 listed is the average fee for law students who borrow these loans. Actual amounts will depend on the total borrowed.

 

Important Notes about Your Cost of Attendance:

  • Our office must verify your enrollment at the end of the 100% add/drop period of each semester, which may affect the amount of financial aid you can receive for that term.
  • If you apply for aid, your financial aid award letter will itemize the costs that make up your individual student budget (which vary annually).
  • Federal regulations require us to set a limit on the amount of aid you can receive. This means your total aid—including scholarships, grants, loans, work-study and other resources (such as AmeriCorps and employer-paid tuition benefits)—cannot exceed your cost of attendance.
  • The budgets above do not include costs for the summer semester. Eligibility for financial aid for the summer is limited; if you need financial aid for the summer, you'll need to complete a separate application in the spring.
  • To be fair and to stay in compliance with federal regulations, we cannot change student budgets based on lifestyle preferences. We may, however, be able to make adjustments to your cost of attendance for reasons outlined on the Budget Adjustment Form. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and do not guarantee additional financial aid.
  • All student budget parameters are determined by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and our office.