Cost of Attendance
The Cost of Attendance represents the average amount believed to be adequate to cover the tuition, fees, books and living expenses of the student for the nine month academic year. This figure also represents the maximum total financial aid package (all loans and grants combined) a law student can expect to receive per year. As a private institution, USC Law students pay the same tuition rate regardless of their state residency. In addition, rates for tuition and fees are set annually and are subject to change.
Your actual expenses may differ from those listed here. In some cases you may have lower expenses in one category which can compensate for higher expenses in another area. We are extremely limited in our ability to approve budget increases. While it may be possible to request a budget increase for certain expenses such as the purchase of a computer for law school, child care costs, etc., it will not be possible to obtain a budget increase to cover such expenses as credit card and other consumer debt payments, car payments, etc.
We strongly encourage all students to take steps towards reducing or eliminating outstanding financial obligations prior to beginning law school so that this cost of attendance will be sufficient to meet your needs as a full-time student at USC Law School. While second and third year students may hold part-time employment of up to twenty hours per week which can serve to supplement, or better yet, replace student loans, it is important to note that law students are not permitted to work during their first year. Therefore, beginning your legal education with minimal expenses will be extraordinarily beneficial, both during law school and in the long-term as you work to repay your student loan debt after graduation.
2013-14 STUDENT EXPENSE BUDGETS (for JD students)
|Living at Home||Living On/Off Campus|
|Additional Allowance for Loan Fees||$1,233||$1,233|
Total Budget for 2Ls and 3Ls
Total Budget for 1Ls(includes additional first semester allowance for $75 admission application fee and $5 Orientation publication fee assessed to new students)
**Your actual expenses may differ from those listed above. In some cases, you may have lower expenses in one category which can compensate for higher expenses in another category. We are extremely limited in our ability to approve budget increases. It may be possible to request a budget increase for certain expenses such as computer purchase, child care costs, loan fees, etc. It will not be possible to obtain a budget increase to cover such expenses as credit card and other consumer debt payments, car payments, etc. Please contact the Law School financial aid office with any questions or to request an increase to your cost of attendance.
2013-14 TUITION AND FEE SCHEDULE (for J.D. Students)
|The tuition rate and listing of fees, per semester (unless otherwise noted), for the 2013-14 academic year will be as follows:|
|Tuition (flat-rate for full-time enrollment in 13 - 17 units)||$26,407|
|Student Health Services Fee (Health Center Only)||$262.00|
|Graduate Student Programming Fee||$37.50|
|Graduate Student Services Fee||$12.50|
|Student Bar Association Membership Fee||$25.00|
|Norman Topping Scholarship Fee||$8.00|
|Graduate Student Orientation Publication Fee
(fall of 1st year only)
|USC Health Insurance (www.usc.edu/uphc)
(This fee can be waived upon submission of proof of adequate insurance coverage)
(The following fees are assessed to all students but can be removed upon request.)
|Public Interest Law Fund
(This fee will be automatically assessed to all law students, however, it is an optional fee and can be removed upon request. These fees support summer grants for law students volunteering at public interest legal agencies.)
|Tuition Refund Insurance (www.collegerefund.com/usc)
(This fee will be automatically assessed to all first year law students, however, it is an optional fee and can be removed upon request. It provides a means of protecting your tuition investment in the event you must withdraw from all classes for medical reasons. The charge for this insurance is .35 of 1% of your tuition and mandatory fees.)
|Parking Permit (varies depending on permit type)
|approx. $301.00 - $420.00|
|USC Dental Insurance||$136.00 (per year, enrollment in fall semester)|
The above fees are subject to change without notice.