Tuition and Fees

Pre-Enrollment Costs

Prior to enrollment, you can expect the following financial obligations:

  • Application Fee. Apply for free online until February 1! After February 1, the $65 fee accompanies your initial application for admission. It is a processing charge and is nonrefundable.
  • Tuition Deposit. This $250 nonrefundable deposit is applied to your first semester's tuition and ensures you a place in the entering class. The deposit is due on the date stated in your admission letter. A second $250 nonrefundable deposit is due by June 1 for admitted students starting fall term.

Tuition and Fees

Matriculation Fee

There is a one-time matriculation fee of $100 that is due the first term of enrollment.

Student Bar Association (SBA) Fee

Every term except summer you will be charged an SBA fee. For academic year 2021-2022, the SBA fee will be $46.50 ($93 for the year) for full-time enrollment or $34.50 ($69 for the year) for part-time enrollment.


While first-year law tuition is identical for all students, payment schedules vary depending on the number of credits you take per term. Tuition for the law 2021-2022 academic year is $51,240 for 30 credits ($1,708 per credit). For the Grad Programs, tuition for 2021-22 is as follows: LLM ($40,992 for 24 credits at $1,708 per credit; MLS ($34,470 for 30 credits at $1,149 per credit); and MLS Online ($12,720  for 10 credits at $1,272 per credit).

Other non-tuition costs (books, room and board, transportation, and other living expenses) average about $27,800 per nine-month academic year. (See Cost of Attendance section below.)

Tuition is paid per term, and determined by the number of credits you are taking. You may pay tuition charges with financial aid, personal resources, and/or employer benefits. If you chose not to use financial aid or have remaining charges after financial aid is applied to your account, you may arrange a payment plan directly with the Law School Business Office, (206) 398-4050.

Please see 2021-2022 First-Year Courses and Tuition Schedules for a breakdown of tuition charges for first year students. We are happy to meet with you to discuss your individual financial aid package based on per term charges.

Tuition is set annually by the Board of Trustees the end of February or early March and you should expect a tuition increase each year.

Cost of Attendance

Financial aid is determined by need and cost of attendance. Your financial need is the difference between the cost of your education and your financial ability to pay for it. Your financial need is determined by an analysis of the information provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). From this data, a federal calculation determines what you should be able to pay from your own resources. This amount is subtracted from your total cost of education. The difference is your financial need, and the amount we will try to help you meet with the various aid programs. Please note that there are aid programs available that are not need-based.

The cost of attendance includes tuition, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses while enrolled in law school. A standard student budget is comprised of these components, as specified by law, and financial aid cannot exceed the student budget amount. For 2021-2022, the cost of attendance (less tuition, fees and books) averages approximately $26,128 for the nine-month academic year. Unfortunately, your financial lifestyle choices and personal expenses (such as credit card bills and car payments) cannot be included in the student budget. Many students save money by buying used books, sharing housing, and using public transportation.

If there are special financial circumstances, such as child-care, associated with attending Seattle University School of Law, with proper documentation, we may be able to increase your cost of attendance within certain limits. An increased student budget ordinarily provides more alternative credit-based loan eligibility.

A helpful budgeting resource may be budgeting information offered by the Department of Education.

Law students, please see 2021-2022 Cost of Attendance to review the cost of attendance breakdown for entering students. Continuing students may use these figures, but need to adjust the tuition figure according to expected credits ($1,674 per credit for summer 2021), $1,708 per credit fall and spring, and raise the book figure to $2,086 ($1,777 for part-time).

Graduate program students, see the following Cost of Attendance for your specific program: LLM Cost of Attendance; MLS Cost of Attendance; and MLS Online Cost of Attendance.


If you decide to purchase or lease a laptop and need financial aid assistance, be sure to keep your receipt and documentation of payment. You must buy the laptop first and submit the receipt and proof of payment by you, the student (not parents, spouse or friend), to Student Financial Services. The purchase must be made within a reasonable time frame prior to matriculation or once enrolled at least half-time and before April 1 during an academic year. The expense may be added to your student budget one time only during your law school career, up to the purchase price, or a maximum of $1,350 (for academic year 2020-2021), whichever is less. This will increase your Grad PLUS or private loan eligibility (credit report required), in effect paying yourself back. Please weigh whether the financial terms of a credit based alternative loan are more beneficial than the original method of payment.

For answers to any questions you have about financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at