J.D. Degree Program Tuition and Fees for 2021-22 (per year costs)
|Tuition (for students who entered in fall 2021)
|Tuition (for students who entered between, and including, fall 2018 and spring 2021)
|Student Bar Association Fee
|Student Success Fee*
|Estimated Additional Expenses**
|Room and board
|Miscellaneous (transportation, personal, loan fees, etc.)
|Total Cost of Attendance (for students who entered in fall 2021)
|Total Cost of Attendance (for students who entered between, and including, fall 2018 and spring 2021)
*Beginning fall 2017, and any start term thereafter, each newly enrolled first-year student and any entering transfer student will pay the student success fee. Any balance remaining when that student graduates from the School of Law will be due to BARBRI.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”)
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was enacted March 27, 2020. This act directs institutions of higher education (“institutions”) to use no less than 50 percent of funds received under Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Part of the CARES Act provides an allocation of funding to qualifying institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to qualifying students. The availability of this award is not continuous. Please click here for the CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants Report as of January 29, 2021.
CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for Period Ending 09/30/2020 – here
CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for Period Ending 12/31/2021 – Final – here
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Charleston School of Law is a recipient of HEERF II funds that must be distributed to students following federal guidelines. CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need. The grants can be used to help cover expenses related to the cost of attendance or emergency costs that arise due to COVID-19, such as but not limited to tuition, food, housing, healthcare, mental health services, or childcare. Additional eligibility requirements are listed below:
- Must have been enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester as of January 11, 2021.
- Must be a degree-seeking student.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen.
- Must have a valid 2020-2021 FAFSA on file.
The availability of this award is not continuous. Please click here for the CRRSAA HEERF II Initial Grants Report as of June 9, 2021. Please click here for the CRRSAA HEERF II Final Grants Report as of June 22, 2021.
Paying for Law School
Funding a legal education can be a daunting task, especially when students are responsible for financing their law school education and living expenses themselves. Need-based scholarships and merit scholarships are awarded by Charleston School of Law to selected students, but the largest forms of financial aid for law students are educational loans.
The amount of loan money students borrow now may affect their career and lifestyle choices when they finish their education here. The popular adage says, “If you live like a lawyer while a student, you will live like a student when a lawyer.” The Office of Financial Aid is ready to help students become aware and make informed financial decisions in all areas of student life: budgeting, loan comparisons, notifications of expected refund disbursements, explanation of the consequences of defaulting on student loans, and debt management and consolidation after graduation.