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Cost of Attendance for Juris Doctor (J.D.) Students

The Cost of Attendance (COA) covers the nine-month academic year, and includes educational expenses for the student, the things you need to go to school and live, within reason. The COA is designed to be an accurate and modest but adequate projection of reasonable costs associated with attending Albany Law School. In other words, the COA does not allow a lifestyle of luxury.

Albany Law School offered $19.5 million in scholarships last year. More than 70 percent of students received scholarships, up to full tuition.

2021-22 Cost of Attendance: Three-Year Juris Doctor Students

(Nine-month period, for incoming students living on their own.)

Tuition $53,670
Fees:
SBA Activity Fee $150
Registration Fee $40
Individual Expenses:
Books & Supplies $1,000
Rent & Utilities $9,100
Food $2,500
Transportation $1,400
Personal $2,050
Loan Fees $676
TOTAL $70,586

2021-22 Cost of Attendance: Three-Year Juris Doctor Students

(Nine-month period, for incoming students living with parents.)

 
Tuition $53,670
Fees:
SBA Activity Fee $150
Registration Fee $40
Individual Expenses:
Books & Supplies $1,000
Room & Board $2,150
Transportation $2,000
   
Personal $1,600
Loan Fees $676
TOTAL $61,286

Four-year program tuition is charged at 75% of the full-time rate: $40,254.

A one-time documented rental or purchase of a computer can be added to the COA, up to $1,500.  The computer allowance includes hardware only, no software, accessories or extended warranty.  The date of the rental or purchase must be within the current academic year.  The documentation for funding must be either a store estimate or receipt for purchase and must include the student's name as purchaser.  If you use a store estimate, the actual receipt must be provided following purchase.

It is very important to plan carefully so that your funds will be sufficient for the entire academic year. Students needing to finance their entire cost of education must keep in mind that they will be living on a fixed income, and must establish their spending priorities accordingly. If you choose to spend more in one area, you will need to reduce your expenses in other areas. Additionally, most funds are divided equally and disbursed at the beginning of each term but must cover educational expenses for several months.  It is recommended that you prepay your major non-discretionary expenses for the term, such as rent, or set aside adequate funds in a separate account to cover these costs for the entire term.    Individual adjustments may be made on a case-by-case basis, based on documented extraordinary circumstances and within federal regulation.  Consumer debt such as credit card or car payments cannot be included under any circumstances.