Financial Aid, Tuition & Scholarships

J.D. Degree Program Tuition and Fees for 2020-21 (per year costs)

Full-time Student Part-time Student
Tuition (for students who entered prior to fall 2018) $40,596 $32,618
Tuition (for students who entered in fall 2018 or any term after) $41,100 $33,024
Student Bar Association Fee $120 $120
Student Success Fee* $914 $914
Estimated Additional Expenses**
Room and board $13,118 $13,118
Books/supplies $1,250 $1,250
Miscellaneous (transportation, personal, loan fees, etc.) $9,864 $9,864
Total $24,232 $24,232
Total Cost of Attendance (for students who entered prior to fall 2018)** $65,862 $57,884
Total Cost of Attendance (for students who entered in fall 2018 or any term after)** $66,366 $58,290

*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 October 30, 2020.

CARES Act Reporting – click here.

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.

Office of Financial Aid Contact Information

Location:
The Office of Financial Aid is located at 494 King Street in the building with the Business Office and the Accounting Office. The office is on the corner of King and Mary streets.

Physical Address:
494 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Mailing Address:
PO Box 535
Charleston, SC 29402-0535

Email Address:
financialaid@CharlestonLaw.edu

Phone:
843.377.1102

Team:
Bobby Greer – Director of Financial Aid
Email: bgreer@CharlestonLaw.edu
Phone: 843.377.4901

Maureen Santanello – Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Email: msantanello@CharlestonLaw.edu
Phone: 843.377.1102

Hours:
We are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Drop-ins are welcome, but students with appointments are guaranteed to meet with a financial aid counselor.

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