BUDGETING FOR LAW SCHOOL

Plan ahead for a successful budget.  Be aware of your available resources. The decision to take on debt will affect your lifestyle during law school as well as the years that follow.  Many students are limited to the funds they receive with financial aid and have no savings or personal resources on which to fall back.  This will make your financial situation very difficult. 

To reduce the stress and aggravation often associated with being a student on financial aid, plan your own personal budget by charting your expenses. Keep a journal. If your expenses seem to leave you with minimal discretionary income, make adjustments accordingly.

The amount of financial aid a student is eligible to receive is based on the Cost of Attendance (COA) which include:

    • Tuition and Fees - The average cost of tuition and fees for a typical student is based on enrolling for 31 hours for fall/spring.
    • Room and Board - A reasonable estimate of what it would cost to live in Houston while attending school. Actual costs may vary by individual choices related to location and circumstances.
    • Books and Supplies - The average cost of books and supplies for a typical student for an entire academic year.
    • Transportation - Represents travel to and from parent's residence and transportation costs to and from class and work.
    • Personal - Personal items not included in room and board expenses.

Below is the fall 2013-spring 2014 COA based on 9 months. If you attend summer classes, financial aid is a separate process with a separate COA. To receive financial aid you must be in a minimum of 6 hours in any given semester.

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University of Houston Law Center
Financial Aid & Scholarship Office
100 Law Center
Houston, Texas 77204-6060
(713) 743-2269
School code 003652
lawfinaid@uh.edu