Each year, Northwestern Law establishes cost of attendance (COA) budgets for each degree program. The Law School prices tuition rates based on the degree pursued rather than length of enrollment. Students who graduate early will still be responsible for the full tuition amount for the degree.
Tuition and fees, on-campus room and board, health insurance, and the student activity fee are considered University charges (costs paid directly to Northwestern University). Books and supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses, transportation, and loan fees are estimates of what a student may spend for costs that are not directly paid to Northwestern University and will not appear on their billing statement (eBill).
Some students will spend more than the standard budget, while other students will spend less, depending on individual lifestyles and choices. The COA budgets reflect modest but adequate estimates of spending patterns for our students. Eligibility for financial aid will be based on the COA budget for each degree program, not on individual preferences and spending habits.
The COA budgets that follow provide figures for the 2014-15 academic year to assist you in planning your own budget. The Law School updates COA budgets each spring for the upcoming academic year.
For 2014–2015, students may apply for a one-time computer supplement and increase their budget, not to exceed $2,000, through the Financial Aid Office. Also, if a student elects to use the university health insurance and has indicated this on the Need Access application, the student budget will be increased and a loan will be offered to cover the cost ($3,067 for 2014-15).