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:
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.
University of Houston Law Center
Financial Aid & Scholarship Office
100 Law Center
Houston, Texas 77204-6060
School code 003652