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 JD students (who may enroll in 12 or more credit hours per semester), or per-credit hour tuition for part-time students, who take 11 or fewer credits per semester. For the 2018-2019 academic year, tuition is $2,140 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.