Tuition/Cost of Attendance

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Annual Cost of Attendance Budget

The University’s Office of Student Financial Aid, following federal guidelines, each year develops a student budget (below) that details the annual total cost of attendance. The student budget benchmarks the maximum amount of money a student should need during the academic year. For an independent student living a modest lifestyle, this budget should cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, and living expenses.

Minimizing the Law School Budget

Many students live well beneath the maximum amount the budget allows in part because South Bend’s cost of living is quite low. Housing costs are far below what they are in other markets, and can be even easier to manage when sharing housing. A key first step is to develop a personal budget. The Budgeting Page and Smart Borrowing Tips Page offers many ways you can spend less and reduce your borrowing rate.

Notre Dame Law School Student Budget, 2017-18

Tuition: $55,802
Fees: $490
Room and Board: $10,000*
Books and Supplies: $1,750*
Personal Expenses: $6,050*
Transportation Expenses: $2,650*
Total: $76,742

*Actual costs will vary based on housing choices, travel costs, and personal expenses. Annual increases in the cost of a Notre Dame education are anticipated.

Important Note: The student budget represents the maximum amount of financial assistance a student may be awarded for the academic year (total of all grants, scholarships, and loans). Those with higher-than-normal expenses may request a review of the living expenses portion of the student budget from the Office of Student Financial Aid. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with federal guidelines.