Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance 2016-2017

Utah Resident Living with Parents Utah Resident Living on Campus Utah Resident Living Off Campus Non-Resident Living with Parents Non-Resident Living On Campus Non-Resident Living Off Campus
Tuition & Fees $26,758 $26,758 $26,758 $50,816 $50,816 $50,816
Room & Board $1,835 $9,736 $9,936 $1,836 $9,736 $9,936
Books & Supplies** $4,456 $4,456 $4,456 $4,456 $4,456 $4,456
Travel $1,260 $1,260 $1,260 $1,260 $1,260 $1,260
Loan Fees $380 $380 $380 $380 $380 $380
Miscellaneous $3,816 $3,816 $3,816 $3,816 $3,816 $3,816
TOTAL $38,506 $46,406 $46,606 $62,564 $70,464 $70,664

 ** The budget includes the onetime $2,300 cost incurred for the purchase of a laptop computer.

This Cost of Attendance Budget (COA) chart is for the nine month 2016-2017 academic year.  If a student attends summer school, an additional COA is created for that term.  The COA for a student with children under the age of 12 may be increased, depending on the age of each child, $3,700-$5,225 a year for child care expenses.   The “Total” figure at the bottom of each column is the maximum amount that a student in that status may qualify for in financial aid.  A student may not receive more than that total amount in a combination of loans, scholarships, work-study, or tuition waivers.  The amounts for the six categories of costs in the chart are established using federal guidelines that refer to a variety of sources in determining the COA for an average student.

In terms of total costs, the S.J. Quinney College of Law is one of the most cost effective law schools in the country.  Factors that explain this include Salt Lake City being a very reasonably priced metropolitan area in which to live, the law school’s commitment to debt management training, our generous need-based and merit-based scholarship program, and the University’s institutional policy on reclassifying non-residents for tuition purposes.  These factors help to keep our graduates average law school student loan debt among the lowest of ABA-approved law schools. The average debt for our Class of 2015 was $79,125—the third lowest among top 50 law schools. So while the financial investment in law school is no doubt considerable, the Quinney College of Law is one of the most competitively priced programs in the country.

For non-residents, under current University of Utah institutional policy, students are able to apply for residency after successfully completing 40 law school credit hours at the University of Utah (1–1.5 years).  Law students earn 30 credits by the end of spring semester during their first year. Most non-resident students then choose to attend summer school for ten credits because the University charges in-state tuition to all students for summer term-regardless of their official classification. After completing the ten credits in summer school, non-resident students are eligible to petition for reclassification in August, before the start of their fall semester (students must also obtain a Utah driver’s license, Utah vehicle registration and Utah voter registration card at least 90 days before the start of the fall semester).  Based on our current tuition rates, this translates to tuition savings of over $45,000 for the last two years of law school.

While the completion of 40 credit hours is the most common method our students use to qualify for residency, there are a number of situations under which a non-resident can be reclassified as a resident.  The University’s information on residency is available at:  The College of Law admissions staff will assist you by serving as a liaison with the University’s Office of Admissions to answer questions about the residency appeal and application process.

A number of programs assist you in financing your legal education, including merit and need-based scholarships, fellowships, summer stipends, loans, and part-time employment. Check out our financial aid page for links to these resources. Tuition information is available at