Financial Aid

Santa Clara University School of Law is committed to helping you afford your legal education. Our financial aid counselors will help you explore all your options (including loans, scholarships, and work study) and help you find a plan you can afford.

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Tuition for the 2018-19 academic year is $1,808 per unit.

Tuition for full-time students is $50,624, based on 28 units of enrollment in the first year of study.

Tuition for part-time students is $37,968, based on 21 units of enrollment in the first year of study.

Tuition for continuing students depends on actual enrollment.

The student budget also known as the “cost of attendance” comprises estimated tuition and living expenses for the academic year (August – May). A sample student budget is provided below.

The estimate for full-time tuition is based on enrollment of 30 units per year (15 units per semester). The estimate for part-time tuition is based on enrollment of 21 units per year (10 units in the fall semester and 11 units in the spring semester).

2018-19 Student Budget
  Full-time Part-time
Tuition $54,240 $37,968*
Room and Board $17,298 $17,298
Books $1,440 $1,440
Transportation $1,974 $1,974
Personal Expenses $3,774 $3,774
Loan Fees $1,618 $1,618
Total $80,344 $64,072


Santa Clara University School of Law awards scholarships under several scholarship programs. These awards are available to those who demonstrate outstanding potential for the study of law.

How to Apply

All applications are automatically considered for scholarship. Admitted students will be sent additional application materials for the Public Interest Scholarships. Dean’s Fellows and Intellectual Property (IP) Fellows are selected from the most competitive applicants overall. Applicants will be notified if they are awarded the IP Fellowship, or if they are in contention for the Dean’s Fellowship.

Scholarship Opportunities For Incoming Students

Santa Clara University School of Law awards scholarships under several scholarship programs. These awards are available to those who demonstrate outstanding potential for the study of law.

Dean’s Fellowships

Awarded to a select group of exceptional scholars during the admission process. Dean’s Fellows receive special recognition in addition to grants up to full tuition. To be considered for a fellowship, applicants must have their admissions files complete by March 1. Finalists for these awards will be determined through an on-campus interview process.

Law Faculty Scholarships

Awarded to ethnic minority students and students with special needs on the basis of financial need and professional promise. The number of scholarships awarded varies from year to year. Scholarship amounts seldom exceed half-tuition. These scholarships are generally renewable.

Emery Law Scholarships

Established by the Jesuit Fathers of Santa Clara University to honor James A. Emery S.J., these scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, and professional promise. Most scholarships range from $1,000 to several thousand dollars per year. Generally, scholarships are continued if the student maintains a superior level of performance in law studies by placing in the top 15 to 20 percent of the class.

Public Interest Scholarships

Awarded on the basis of financial need, demonstrated commitment to public interest law, and professional promise. Each year, five $10,000 awards are given to entering students. Awards are renewable at that amount for three years depending on financial need and continued commitment to public interest law. Accepted students who wish to be considered for one of these scholarships will be asked to submit a written statement reflecting their experience in serving the community.

In addition to the above awards, the School of Law has established several endowed scholarship funds that make awards to upper-division students in recognition of their academic excellence, diversity, and public service. Continuing students are notified about the availability of these scholarships, and are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information on scholarships for continuing students.

Scholarship retention data can be found on the Law School’s official ABA disclosure page.

Tuition deposits are due in our office by the deadlines listed below otherwise you will forfeit your seat in the entering class:

1st Deposit Deadline is April 15 or as stated in your admissions letter: $250

2nd Deposit Deadline is June 1: $550

Tuition deposits will be applied to your first semester’s tuition and are non-refundable. All remaining tuition and fee charges for the Fall 2018 semester are due on or before the financial clearance deadline of July 14. Your registration will not be considered complete and will be canceled unless you pay your tuition in full by this date.

Please note that these deposit deadlines may differ, especially if you were accepted near or after the listed deadline dates. Check your acceptance letter for your actual tuition deposit deadline.

Deadlines & Financial Aid
If you will be relying on federal student loans to help pay for your tuition, you must file a FAFSA and submit all supporting documentation with enough advance time to allow for processing of your federal financial aid package. Santa Clara University’s school code is 001326. You will not receive an official aid notification until Santa Clara University is listed as one of the schools on your FAFSA. Please do not send a paper copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR). If SCU was not originally listed on your FAFSA, please make the correction and submit it to the federal processor immediately. Santa Clara asks that applicants file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1; however, we strongly suggest that students apply by April 15. If you will be applying for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan to help pay for your tuition, you should submit your application on the Department of Education’s Direct Lending site no sooner than July 1. Please email at or call (408) 554-5048 for more information about financial aid processing.

Complete a FAFSA application at prior to April 1. School Code: 001326.

  1. Accept or decline your unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan via e-campus This must be completed by June 23.
  2. Complete your Master Promissory Note for the Federal Direct Loan
  3. Apply for a Direct Graduate PLUS Loan at no sooner than July 1 before the year you plan to begin.
  4. Complete a Master Promissory Note for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan at
  5. Complete loan entrance counseling no later than August 1.
  6. Enroll in SCU Direct Deposit Refunds via e-campus. Have your checkbook available.


We know the financial aid process can be daunting, and we want to help you. Every application to study at Santa Clara Law will be carefully reviewed and considered for financial aid. When you apply, you are taking the first step to a successful career practicing law.

Santa Clara Law Financial Aid counselors are here to help you make your legal training affordable. Contact us today, or apply now to begin.