The School of Law is implementing a tuition freeze for its next incoming class. All members of the class of 2017 who begin taking courses in fall 2014 will be guaranteed no tuition increases during the entire three-year juris doctor program.
In addition, by switching from a per-credit tuition model to a flat-fee structure, the first-year tuition rate for these students will decrease by more than $2,000 over the current rate. Currently, students pay a higher first-year rate because of a heavier credit load in the first year compared to the second and third years. Beginning in fall 2014, tuition will be spread evenly across the three years.
Annual tuition for the 2014-15 academic year is $36,843. Students also are required to pay a technology fee and a student activity fee, both of which will be set in spring 2014. Required fees for the 2013-14 academic year total $321 - a technology fee of $191 and a student activity fee of $130.
For students who apply for financial aid, the nine-month Cost of Attendance Budget includes allowances for other indirect costs, such as books, supplies, housing, meals, transportation, insurance and other miscellaneous expenses. This cost is calculated each spring for the following academic year. The allowance for the 2013-14 academic year was set at $19,928. The actual amount of these expenses varies depending upon the circumstances of each student.
The University of St. Thomas School of Law is committed to making high quality legal education available to students by offering several forms of financial assistance, including scholarship, employment and loans. Financial assistance is designed to help students meet all education-related expenses, including not only tuition, but housing, meals and other living expenses.
During any semester for which he or she is enrolled in 12 or more credits, no student shall engage in employment for more than 20 hours per week (whether inside or outside the School of Law.)
Under UST Law’s federal work study program, students with financial need can work for public interest and public sector employers across the country. Certain job postings will be specifically designed for the work study program; student must speak to a representative in the Financial Aid Office before applying for those position in order to make sure they qualify. Under the work study program, UST Law uses federal work study funds to reimburse qualifying employers for 75% of the students’ salary while employers pay only 25%. A students’ earnings from the federal work study program are counted as a resource and will be factored into their Cost of Attendance Budget.
The work-study program makes awards for both school year and summer employment. The off-campus employers who are partners with the law school for this program are listed below. The positions are posted through the Office of Career and Professional Development through a partnership with the Office of Graduate Financial Aid. For more information on these opportunities, please contact the Office of Career and Professional Development at email@example.com. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable legal experience.
To determine if you are eligible for work study, contact Chad Nosbusch, Associate Director of Financial Aid Graduate and Law Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for work study, contact Nora Fitzpatrick, Sr. Assistant Dean for Administration at email@example.com.
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