Financial Aid Links

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.
 
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, 2013-14 School Year
Virginia Resident
Nonresident
Tuition and Fees (All J.D. Classes):
$47,900
$52,900
Living Expenses:
16,300
16,300
Health Insurance: 2,574 2,574
Books and Supplies: 1,800 1,800
Loan Fees*:
206
206
Totals:
$68,780
$73,780
* Per new regulations, Grad PLUS loan fees are not included. Students who get Grad PLUS loans pay an average of $1,400 in additional loan fees.

 

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.

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.