Cost of Attendance, 2017-18

All students are expected to become familiar with the financial obligations they incur by registering at the USD School of Law. The following information provides the essential data. If in doubt, students should make inquiries at the Student Accounts Office before the registration fee payment dates. Tuition and fees listed on the following sections are for the fall and spring terms of the 2017-18 academic year.

JD Tuition and Fees

View the Tuition, Fees and Cost of Attendance for 2016–17

(Based on nine month academic year. Figures accurate as of 01/13/17.)

JD Students


Cost of Attendance
Full Time 
(12-16 units)
Part Time
(8-11 units)
  Tuition $52,220 $38,600
  Fees1 $351 $341
  Books & Supplies $1,548 $1,167
  Housing $10,185 $10,185
  Food $4,023 $4,023
  Transportation2 $2,753 $2,753
  Personal/Misc. $3,006 $3,006
TOTAL4 $74,086 $60,075

1 Fees:

  • Student Bar Association Fees: Full-time $50; Part-time $40 (Fall Only)
  • Health Center Fee: $220
  • Student Life Pavilion Fee: $70
  • Student Activity Fee: $11.00 (Fall Only)

2 Annual parking fee for one vehicle included in the transportation budget. More information on parking fees.

3 Student living with parent must substitute the food and housing combined allowance with $5,247

4 The cost of attendance listed above does not include an allowance for the law school's mandatory health insurance. If you wish to access additional loan eligibility to pay for this insurance, you can submit your request via email to lawaid@sandiego.edu. If you will be paying for a different health insurance plan and provide appropriate documentation to the Office of Financial Aid, budget allowances can be made to add the costs incurred during the period of enrollment. Please note that loan eligibility cannot be increased if you are being covered by your parent's plan.

The cost of attendance listed above also does not include an allowance for loan origination fees in the amount of $1,074 that will be included in the COA of students applying for federal loans.

Other Fees and Per Unit Charges 

Item Fee
Per Unit Charge: For single courses, summer session and credits in 
excess of 16 for full-time program and fewer than 8 for part-time program. (Upon Approval)
$1,800 per JD credit
Returned Check Fee $25
Parking Fee (per year/per car) Varies according to permit
Transcript Fee $10
Late Payment/Late Registration Fee Monthly Late Payment Penalty of .833% (10% APR)
International Health Insurance Rate $2,094 (2016-17)5

All fees are subject to increase.

5 New rates will become available in mid-April.

 

LLM Tuition and Fees

LLM Cost of Attendance 2017-18
Tuition $1,750 per credit (24-25 credits)1
Mandatory Fees2 $301 - $351
Health Insurance $2,100 (estimated; can be waived with proof of sufficient insurance)3
TOTAL $41,941 - $44,101

MSLS Tuition and Fees

MS in Legal Studies Cost of Attendance 2017-18
Tuition $1,700 per credit (26 credits)
Mandatory Fees2 $301
Health Insurance $2,100 (estimated; can be waived with proof of sufficient insurance)2
TOTAL $44,501


1
Tuition for the Diploma in Taxation (DIPT) program is also $1,750 per credit (10 credits).

2 Mandatory Fees:

  • Student Bar Association Fees (for LLM in Comparative Law students only): 
    Full-time $50 (9 or more credits); Part-time $40 (8 or fewer credits)
  • Health Center Fee: $220
  • Student Life Pavilion Fee: $70
  • Activity Fee: $11.00 (Fall only)

3 International Health Insurance Rate: $2,094 (2016-17)

Other LLM & MSLS Fees*
Parking Fee (per year/per car) Varies according to permit
Returned Check Fee $25
Late Payment/Late Registration Fee Monthly interest charge
Transcript Fee $10

Applicants who plan to obtain a student visa should review our Visa Information for details about the financial certification required in order to apply for a visa.

All costs and fees are subject to change and are based on a ten month academic year. Figures accurate as of 01/13/17.

LLM & MSLS Additional Expense Allowances
Full Time (9 units or more) Less than Full Time
Books & Supplies $1,524 $55 per credit
Housing $10,185 $10,185
Food $4,023 $4,023
Transportation3 $2,753 $2,753
Personal/Misc.  $3,006 $3,006


3
 Annual parking fee for one vehicle included in the transportation budget.

Note: The cost of attendance listed above does not include an allowance for the law school's mandatory health insurance. If you wish to access additional loan eligility to pay for this insurance, you can submit your request via email to lawaid@sandiego.edu. If you will be paying for a different health insurance plan and provide appropiate documenation to the Office of Finanacial Aid, budget allowances can be made to add the costs incurred during the period of enrollment. Please note that loan eligibility cannot be increased if you are being covered by your parent's plan.

The cost of attendance listed above also does not include an allowance for loan origination fees in the amount of $1,074 that will be included in the COA of students applying for federal loans.

 

Contact:

Financial Aid
Warren Hall, Room 203
Phone: (619) 260-4570
Fax: (619) 260-2218

Hours

M,T: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
W: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Th., F.: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.