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Annual Cost of Attendance Budget

Each year, the University Financial Aid Committee establishes a cost of attendance budget for law students, in accordance with federal aid regulations. A student’s total financial aid package (scholarship, grants, loans, etc.) will be based upon the annual cost of attendance budget, and covers the academic year only.
In setting the annual budget, the Financial Aid Committee uses average estimated cost figures and allows for a relatively modest lifestyle. Some students may spend more than the budgeted amounts, while others may spend less, depending upon individual lifestyles. However, it is important for students to understand that their financial aid packages generally cannot exceed the total cost of attendance budget in any given year. Financial aid is intended to cover only educational expenses of individual students and cannot be used as the sole source of support for students’ families.

The cost-of-attendance budget is updated each year around April, after the university’s Board of Visitors meets and approves tuition and fees.

J.D. Program Budget, 2016-17

Virginia Resident
Tuition and Fees:
Living Expenses (details below):
Books and Supplies: $1,800 $1,800
Loan Fees*:
Average Grad PLUS Fees:
Health Insurance $2,735 $2,735
Total with Grad PLUS Fees:

*Grad PLUS loan fees will be added to the budgets of those students who are offered Grad PLUS loans. Grad PLUS fees are based on actual averages from 2015-16 borrowing.
For 2016-17: In-state Grad PLUS avg = $1,610
For 2016-2017: Out-of-state Grad PLUS avg = $1,730

Living Expense Details (9 Month Budget)

Miscellaneous/Personal: $3,886

Increases to Annual Budget in Extraordinary Circumstances

Upon written request, accompanied by supporting documentation, the Law School Financial Aid Office will consider requests for budget increases.

Students may be granted a one-time budget increase in an amount up to $2,500 for the purchase of a laptop computer and computer-related supplies. Students may be granted an annual budget increase to cover the actual cost of University health insurance, or a comparable non-University health insurance plan.

Increases to annual budgets also may be granted upon proof of extraordinary and unanticipated expenses (e.g., unanticipated medical expenses or expenses related to disabilities, etc.).

Students who have spouses, domestic partners and/or children must understand that financial aid is not intended to support families and cannot replace or supplement the earnings of spouses or domestic partners. Students who have children may request budget increases to cover reasonable childcare expenses.

Students participating in international exchange programs or in approved study abroad programs may request budget increases to cover additional expenses related to studying outside of the U.S.