Cost of Attendance

First-Year Law Student
Cost of Attendance 2017-2018

Utah Resident Living with Parents Utah Resident Living on Campus Utah Resident Living Off Campus Non-Resident Living with Parents Non-Resident Living On Campus Non-Resident Living Off Campus
Tuition & Fees $27,770 $27,770 $27,770 $52,766 $52,766 $52,766
Room & Board $1,836 $10,566 $9,936 $1,836 $10,566 $9,936
Books & Supplies** $4,456 $4,456 $4,456 $4,456 $4,456 $4,456
Travel $1,260 $1,260 $1,260 $1,260 $1,260 $1,260
Loan Fees $334 $334 $334 $334 $334 $334
Miscellaneous $3,816 $3,816 $3,816 $3,816 $3,816 $3,816
TOTAL $39,472 $48,202 $47,572 $64,468 $73,198 $72,568

 ** The budget includes the onetime $2,300 cost incurred for the purchase of a laptop computer.


This Cost of Attendance Budget (COA) chart is for the nine-month 2017-2018 academic term.  If a student attends summer school, an additional COA is created for that period. The “Total” figure at the bottom of each column is the maximum amount that a student in that status may qualify for in financial aid. A number of programs assist you in financing your legal education, including merit and need-based scholarships, fellowships, summer stipends, loans, and part-time employment. Check out our financial aid page for links to these resources. Tuition information is available at

A student may not receive more than that total amount in a combination of loans, scholarships, work-study, or tuition waivers.  The amounts for the six categories of costs in the chart are established using federal guidelines that refer to a variety of sources in determining the COA for an average student.  The COA for a student with children under the age of 12 may be increased, depending on the age of each child, $3,700-$5,225 a year for child care expenses.

For non-residents, institutional policy will be changing beginning fall 2018.  For members of the Class of 2021 who are classified as nonresidents, non-resident tuition will drop to approximately $38,000 for the nine-month 2018-2019 academic term.  The precise amount will be set by the Board of Regents in the spring 2018 meeting.  Like non-resident students at the School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry, College of Law students will not be eligible for residency reclassification once they begin their law school studies, and will pay tuition at the non-resident rate for the duration of those studies even during approved “Leaves of Absence.” This University institutional residency policy supersedes all other means of qualifying for residency reclassification as outlined in the Board of Regents Policy R512 with the exception of the “Military Service” exceptions found in R512.6.

In terms of total costs, the S.J. Quinney College of Law is one of the most cost-effective law schools in the country.  Factors that explain this include Salt Lake City being a very reasonably priced metropolitan area in which to live, the law school’s commitment to debt management training, our generous need-based and merit-based scholarship program.  These factors help to keep our graduates average law school student loan debt among the lowest of ABA-approved law schools. The average debt for our Class of 2017 was $79,813—the third lowest among top 50 law schools based on the national Class of 2016 data. So while the financial investment in law school is no doubt considerable, the Quinney College of Law is one of the most competitively priced programs in the country.