Investing in a legal education is a major financial decision, and we know that the cost often affects choices. When budgeting for your education, keep in mind that there are two types of costs associated with cost of attendance. Direct costs such as tuition (and housing if you live on campus) are expenses charged to you by and payable to Santa Clara University. Indirect costs such as room and board (if you live off campus), books, transportation, and personal expenses are costs associated with being a student, but are expenses not charged to you by the University. Much as in non-student life, these costs are associated with day-to-day living.

Direct Costs

JD Tuition: Tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year is $1,946 per unit.

First Year Full-Time $54,488 28 unit enrollment
Second Year, Third Year Full-Time $58,380 30 unit enrollment
Part-Time $40,866 21 unit enrollment

LLM Tuition: Tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year is $2,182 per unit.

MLS Tuition: Tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year is $1,152 per unit.

International Student Fee: All degree-seeking international students (excluding MLS) are charged a one time $125 International Student Fee.

Indirect Costs

Living Expenses and Books

Living expenses and books are not actually expenses charged by Santa Clara University. Rather, the amounts are an estimate of other indirect educational costs. The amount you spend depends upon your personal situation and choices.

2020-2021 Living Expenses and Books
Room and Board $24,802
Books $1,518
Transportation $3,156
Personal Expense (includes health insurance fee) $5,200
TOTAL $34,676

NOTE: For students borrowing federal student loans, the average student loan fees will automatically be added to the cost of attendance. Based upon an assessment of student borrowing for 2020-2021, the average loan fees amount was $1,826.

For specific information on Santa Clara University tuitions, fees, housing, meal plans and other related charges, please refer to the University’s Tuition and Fees.

2020-2021 Living Expenses and Books MLS (based on 4 quarters)

Room and Board $39,960
Books $2,272
Transportation $1,044
Personal Expense (includes health insurance fee) $4,620
TOTAL $47,896

NOTE: For students borrowing federal student loans in the MLS program, the average student loan fees will automatically be added to the cost of attendance. Based upon an assessment of student borrowing for 2020-2021, the average loan fees amount was $2,436.

For specific information on Santa Clara University tuitions, fees, housing, meal plans and other related charges, please refer to the University’s Tuition and Fees.

Budgeting for your education

The key to solid financial health and to spending more time studying and less time worrying about paying the bills is budgeting. By taking the time to determine your expenses and actual needs you can borrow only what you need and lessen the financial burden when you are beginning your law career. The Basic Student Budget Worksheet will help you with your planning and better prepare you for a successful educational journey!

Increase to Costs

Living expenses and books includes average amounts for standard educational expenses incurred by all law students.

To request an increase to your costs for one of the following reasons, you will need to submit the Adjustment to Cost of Attendance Request form to the Law Admissions and Financial Aid Office.

  • additional course-related expenses
  • child care expenses
  • bar exam registration costs (one time)
  • medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • computer purchase (one time allowance, maximum $2,500)

If a budget increase is approved, it will not be covered with additional scholarship funding. You will need to apply for the appropriate loan program – typically Federal Direct PLUS Loan or student private financing – depending on your circumstances.

NOTE: : All cost of attendance adjustments fall under professional judgment and are conducted by the Law Admissions and Financial Aid Office.

As you review the costs, you may want to learn how to apply for financial aid, types of financial aid, repayment, contact information and other terms and conditions related to financial aid.

Contact Us: lawfinancialaid@scu.edu

FAFSA School Code: 001326