Cost of Attendance for JD, LLM, and SJD Programs

The Cost of Attendance, ("COA"), is a budget for the nine-month academic year. Each allowance may be divided in half to represent the allowance for one semester.

The COA includes the cost of flat fee tuition for full-time J.D. students (who may enroll in 12-21 credit hours per semester), or per-credit hour tuition for part-time students, who take 6-11 credits per semester. For the 2015-2016 academic year, tuition is $1,905 per credit hour. The living expense portion of COA is the same for all students, with the exception of the books and supplies item, which varies slightly, based on your degree program.

The allowances in each cost of living category are based on surveyed average student costs at GW Law. Room and board, personal, and transportation costs, added together and divided by the nine months of the standard academic year, gives the total amount our COA allows you to spend monthly on all non-fixed costs. You may be able to reduce your spending by doing simple things like having a roommate, cooking your own food, and taking advantage of the many free forms of entertainment available in the D.C. area.

Plan carefully now so that your funds will be sufficient for the entire academic year. You will be living on a fixed income, and must establish spending priorities accordingly. Choosing to spend more in one area necessarily reduces your spending power in other areas. GW aid and loan funds are divided equally and disbursed at the beginning of each semester, and must cover educational expenses for several months. Therefore, budgeting carefully is essential for your funds to last until the next disbursement.

In no case may your aid package exceed the total cost of attendance for your enrollment period, including all sources of GW Institutional Aid, Federal/Commercial Loans, and any/all outside sources of aid.

For every $10,000 borrowed, you can expect to pay approximately $125 each month in debt service after graduation.


2015-2016 Academic Year (Fall and Spring) Cost of Attendance, JD program

Note that tuition rates and COA figures are subject to change at any time. For planning purposes, you should expect an annual tuition increase of about 3-5%.

Expense  Full-Time JD  Part-Time JD 
Books and Supplies  $1,576  $1,145 
Personal  $3,000  $3,000 
Room and Board  $19,610  $19,610 
Transportation  $2,100  $2,100 
Tuition and Fees  $54,114  $40,005* 
Total  $80,400  $65,860 

Full-time JD students (12 credits or more per semester) pay a flat tuition rate.

*Part-time JD students currently pay tuition at the 2015-2016 per-credit hour rate of $1,905.


Required Course Load

JD students must be enrolled for at least 6 credits (half-time) in each semester for which they are requesting aid. Enrollment changes may result in financial aid changes.

Full-Time Status Half-Time Status 
Fall/Spring Semesters  12 or more credits  6-11 credits 
Summer Session  5 or more credits  3-4 credits 


2015-2016 Academic Year (Fall and Spring) Cost of Attendance, LLM program

Note that tuition rates and COA figures are subject to change at any time. For planning purposes, part-time students should expect an annual tuition increase of about 3-5%.

Expense Full-Time LLM  Part-Time LLM 
Books and Supplies  $1,145  $880 
Personal  $3,000  $3,000 
Room and Board  $19,610  $19,610 
Transportation  $2,100  $2,100 
Tuition and Fees  $45,720*  $19,050** 
Total  $71,575  $44,640 

LLM students currently pay tuition for 2015-2016 at the per-credit hour rate of $1,905.

*24 credit, program maximum

**10 credit, minimum allowable for at least half-time enrollment for financial aid purposes


SJD Tuition

SJD tuition is charged at the full-time JD academic year rate applicable to the year in which you are admitted, and then divided by four, the four payments are made for the first four semesters of your study at GW Law. For example, if you are admitted in either fall 2015 or spring 2016 semester, you pay the full-time JD tuition for 2015-2016, $54,114, divided into four equal payments of $13,528.50, one for each of the first four semesters of your enrollment in the SJD program.

If you apply for loans, the living expense portion of the COA is the same as that of our JD and LLM students, with the exception of no allowance for books and supplies.

Required Course Load

Graduate law students must be enrolled at least half-time (5-8 credits) in each semester for which they are requesting loans. Any enrollment change may result in financial aid changes.

  Full-Time  Half-Time 
Fall/Spring Semester  9 or more credits  5-8 credits 
Summer Session  5 or more credits  3-4 credits 

Notes on Cost of Attendance Applicable to All Students

Students studying with permission at another law school are charged a $35 continuous enrollment fee per semester.  The cost of attendance provided by the host school is used by the GW Law Financial Aid office to determine loan eligibility.  For more information, see our Visiting Students page.

If you are either an F1 or J1 visa holder, the University requires you be covered by a health insurance policy.  You may have the cost of GW’s student health plan added to your cost of attendance.  Information of GW’s plans is available on the Student Health Services page of the main university website.

Allowable Budget Increases (for details, see our Policies page)

  • Students may increase their COA for the following allowances:
  • Loan fees in order to net the COA in federal student loans
  • Computer Purchase
  • Medical Expenses not covered by insurance.
  • Dependent Care

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