Estimated Cost of Attendance

The Office of Financial Aid uses a “Cost of Attendance (COA) budget” to calculate your total estimated educational costs for the nine-month academic year. The components that make up the Cost of Attendance at Chicago-Kent College of Law include direct or billable expenses of tuition and fees, and the indirect or non-billable expenses of room and board, books, transportation and miscellaneous/personal expenses. Each amount that we allot for budget components is based on data that our office collects through a student survey every year.

Cost of attendance overview by academic year

COA—Specific to 1L Students

Your total Cost of Attendance as a 1L is based on a flat rate of 31 credits for the academic year. Students have a set registration schedule of 16 credits for the fall semester and 15 credits for the spring semester (*unless you opt to do the 1L Your Way Program).

If you opt for the 1L Your Way Program and begin your studies at Chicago-Kent in the summer semester (Summer Start Students) you must complete the appropriate FAFSA. Your Cost of Attendance for the summer semester is distinct from your nine-month academic year Cost of Attendance. You must be registered for at least three credit hours for the summer term in order to be considered for federal financial aid. Please visit our webpage for detailed information on the Summer Financial Aid Process specific to Summer Start Students.

COA—Specific to 2L Students

The total Cost of Attendance for continuing students is based on the minimum number of credits required of your program type. For Full-Time/Day Division students, that would be 12 credit hours for both fall and spring semesters. For Part-Time/Evening Division students the COA would be based on six credit hours for both fall and spring semesters.

**If you are taking more than the standard minimum credit load per semester and your current Cost of Attendance budget does not meet your total billable and non-billable expenses, you may email the Office of Financial Aid with the number of credit-hours in which you intend to enroll for both fall and spring semester, and request an increase of your federal student loans.

COA—Specific to 3L Students

We understand that you may be close to graduation and not need as many credits as in past semesters. However, you must still demonstrate at least half-time enrollment to maintain your federal financial aid eligibility. If you do not meet the enrollment criteria, you may contact the Student Accounting Officeto make payment arrangements or you may apply for a private educational loan (tuition only).

Half-time enrollment is considered to be: six credit hours for fall and spring semesters and three credit hours for the summer term.

If you plan to take between six and 11 credits in a given semester in your last year at Chicago-Kent, please send your fall and spring enrollment intentions to our office via email. This will prevent delays of your disbursements and refunds. Once we receive your enrollment intentions, we will customize your Cost of Attendance budget to reflect your projected enrollment. It is best to let us know your enrollment intentions at least three weeks before classes start to ensure your financial aid is not delayed.

You must enroll in courses that are applicable toward the 87 credits required of your program for graduation. Any credits taken above the 87 credits required for graduation may not be eligible for federal financial aid.

If you are in your last year and are taking less than 12 credits per semester, no action is required of you to receive your scholarship. Your scholarship will be posted to your student account, but cannot exceed your tuition.

Additinal COA Informatio

J.D. Program

2021–2022 Full-Time J.D. Day Division Program

BUDGET COMPONENT AMOUNT
Tuition $52,545*
Activity Fee $150
LRAP Fee $70
CTA U-Pass Fee $290
Fitness Center Fee $50
Loan Fee $1,017**
Room and Board $16,668
Books $1,926
Transportation $2,619
Miscellaneous Expenses $2,925
TOTAL $78,260

* Tuition for the Full-Time JD Day Program is based on a total of 31 credit hours; 16 credit hours for Fall and 15 credit hours for Spring. Visit the JD Program Tuition and Fees webpage for tuition cost per credit hour and for a breakdown of mandatory fees.

** Loan Origination Fees are included in the Cost of Attendance Budget. These are the average fees charged by Direct Loans on the Federal Unsubsidized and Federal Graduate PLUS Loan combined.

2021–2022 Full-Time J.D. Evening Division Program

BUDGET COMPONENT AMOUNT
Tuition $38,985*
Activity Fee $150
LRAP Fee $70
CTA U-Pass Fee N/A
Fitness Center Fee $50
Loan Fee $1,017**
Room and Board $16,668
Books $1,357
Transportation $2,619
Miscellaneous Expenses $2,925
TOTAL $63,841

* Tuition for the Full-Time Day JD Evening Program is based on a total of 23 credit hours; 11 credit hours for Fall and 12 credit hours for Spring. Visit the JD Program Tuition and Fees webpage for tuition cost per credit hour and for a breakdown of mandatory fees.

** Loan Origination Fees are included in the Cost of Attendance Budget. These are the average fees charged by Direct Loans on the Federal Unsubsidized and Federal Graduate PLUS Loan combined. Please visit our Origination Fees webpage for more information.

LL.M. Billable Expenses (Tuition & Fees)

LL.M. Non-Billable Expenses

BUDGET COMPONENT LL.M. FULL-TIME LL.M. PART-TIME*
Loan Fee $1,017 $1,017
Room & Board $16,668 $16,668
Books $1664 $832
Transportation $2619 $2619
Miscellaneous Expenses $2925 $2925

IPMM Program

IPMM Billable Expenses (Tuition & Fees)

IPMM Non-Billable Expenses

Room and Board, Transportation, Miscellaneous Expenses and Loan Fees for the IPMM and the J.S.D. Programs are the same as the J.D. and LL.M Program. However, Mandatory Fees and Book amounts vary based on the type of program. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you would like additional information.

Summer Cost of Attendance

Students will be awarded summer financial aid based on a Cost of Attendance budget that equates to approximately three months of living expenses plus summer term tuition charges. The tuition rate is based on the upcoming academic year rate, but the living expenses are based on the current academic year cost of attendance budget. Click here for more information on Summer Financial Aid. If you have any questions regarding summer financial aid or the Cost of Attendance for Summer Start students, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.