Cost of Attendance

Each year, Northwestern Law establishes cost of attendance (COA) budgets for each degree program. 

Tuition and fees, health insurance, and the student activity fee are considered University charges (paid directly to Northwestern University). Room and board, 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.

The COA budgets reflect modest but adequate estimates of spending patterns for our students. Some students will spend more than the budget, while other students will spend less, depending on individual lifestyles and choices.

Eligibility for financial aid is 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.