Law school tuition is assessed on a flat-rate basis and is billed half fall/half spring. Summer tuition is billed separately on a per-credit basis. However, students who enroll in nine or more Law School credits during the summer will be charged the regular flat rate. Tuition and fee rates are published here.
In most years, the fall tuition bill will be due on September 10, and the spring tuition bill will be due on January 10. Summer tuition is normally due either May 10 or June 10, depending on when the student enrolls. The bursar emails students on the third Thursday of the month if a new invoice has been generated. You can access your bursar account statements here.
Students whose financial aid (loans, scholarships, etc.) is sufficient to cover obligations and processed before the due date should not need to submit payment. Financial aid should disburse 10 days prior to the beginning of each semester. Students whose aid exceeds their charges will receive a refund from the bursar. Students are strongly encouraged to set up direct deposit of bursar refunds, so that any excess funds can be deposited directly into their checking or savings account. Students who have not set up direct deposit will be issued a refund check, which will be mailed to the local address that they have listed in the Student Center. Instructions for updating student addresses can be found at Student Central.
Students have access to multiple payment options. Paying directly from a checking or savings account is the ideal payment method. Students who choose this option will be asked to provide their account number and bank routing number to facilitate payment. Students may also pay via their credit or debit card. Please note that students who pay in this fashion will be assessed a separate 2.75% service charge by the payment processor. This separate charge is non-refundable. To illustrate, if a student pays a $5,000 tuition bill with their credit card, the payment processor will charge the student an additional $137.50 ($5,000 x 2.75% = $137.50.)
Students may also grant third-party access to their bursar account to pay their tuition bill. Students who wish to grant that access can do so here. International students who wish to pay from a foreign bank account can submit payment via GlobalPay or Flywire. Because of longer payment processing times, students who choose to pay via one of these methods should submit their payment well in advance of the bill due date.
A full list of payment options, which also include submitting payment by check or a from a 529 savings plan, can be found on the Student Central website. For a service fee, students may also set up a payment plan to pay their bill in up to three or four separate payments.
Law students who have questions about their charges or how to submit payment should contact the Law School's financial aid office for assistance.
Students who fail to submit their payment by the bursar bill due date will be assessed a 1.5% late fee. Such fees can really add up, so it is important that students monitor their bursar account closely. Students who wish to dispute or appeal charges can contact Student Central for assistance.
JD students are charged their cohort’s flat-rate tuition, if they enroll in 9 or more credits. If a JD student is permitted to enroll in fewer than 9 credits, they will be billed the hourly tuition rate for their cohort. To review the minimum and maximum academic load guidelines for the law school, please see Section 4.1 of the academic regulations.
Students who initially enroll in 9 or more credits, but drop all coursework during the official drop/add period, should receive a 100% refund of their flat rate tuition. If they withdraw completely after the official drop/add period, their tuition will be refunded based on the applicable refund period percentage shown below. Students who drop from 9 hours or above to below 9 hours during the official drop/add period, but maintain some enrollment, will receive a credit which will reduce them from the flat rate tuition to the hourly tuition rate. If a student makes such an enrollment change after drop/add but during the refund period, the amount of the credit will be prorated based on the refund percentages listed below.
Students who initially enroll in fewer than 9 hours and then drop credits, will have their hourly tuition refunded for the credits dropped, based on the applicable refund period percentage.
Please note, students won’t receive a refund for coursework dropped after the refund period has ended. Students seeking an exception to the university’s refund policy, can file a Tuition & Fees Dispute Appeal.
Drop/Add Week: 100% refund
Second Week: 75% refund
Third Week: 50% refund
Fourth Week: 25% refund
Fifth Week and beyond: 0%