Tuition and Cost of Attendance

2014-2015 Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is the amount of money the University estimates a law student will need to attend the Fordham Law for the academic year. Your total financial aid for the year, which includes all merit aid, grants, scholarships and loans, cannot exceed the COA.

To finance your legal education, you must first understand the expenses you will incur while you are enrolled for the nine-month academic year. Required expenses include tuition and fees and, for those of you living on campus, Dormitory charges. Other expenses include rent for those of are living off campus, books, travel, food and miscellaneous.

Generally speaking, most Fordham Law students are enrolled during the Fall and Spring semesters only, i.e., for nine months. When budgeting for the academic year, it is important to know that your cost of attendance covers only educationally-related expenses for that nine-month period. In other words, when budgeting, you will need to consider how to pay your living expenses during the summer months or other periods of non-enrollment.

Living expense estimates are based on several data sources including the Consumer Price Index, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and surveys of local area apartment rental rates, and may vary depending upon the individual. Remember, you may borrow up to the cost of attendance less any financial aid you receive for the academic year.

J.D. Day Division Enrollment - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year

Fixed/Direct Expenses = Tuition and Fees
Tuition: $51,880  |  Fees: $652

Living Expenses Allowance = Room and Board, Books and Supplies, Travel, and Miscellaneous Personal Expenses.
Room and Board: $19,494
Books and Supplies: $1,816
Travel: $1,734
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses: $4,098

TOTAL: $79,674 (*$82,238 with health insurance)

*Students are now also being assessed a $2,564 student health insurance charge. All graduate students taking more than 5 credits a semester are now required to carry health insurance. Students using alternative insurance can have this fee waived by contacting the Fordham University Student Health Services Office. Students are automatically assessed this fee unless and until a waiver has been requested. The cost of the insurance is split $925 in the fall and $1,639 in the spring, reflecting continuing coverage throughout the following summer.

J.D. Evening Division Enrollment - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year

Fixed/Direct Expenses
Tuition: $38,910  |  Fees: $562

Living Expenses Allowance
Room and Board: $19,494
Books and Supplies: $1,816
Travel: $1,734
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses: $4,098

TOTAL: $66,614 (*$69,178 with health insurance)

*Students are now also being assessed a $2,564 student health insurance charge. All graduate students taking more than 5 credits a semester are now required to carry health insurance. Students using alternative insurance can have this fee waived by contacting the Fordham University Student Health Services Office. Students are automatically assessed this fee unless and until a waiver has been requested. The cost of the insurance is split $925 in the fall and $1,639 in the spring, reflecting continuing coverage throughout the following summer. 

LL.M. Division Full-Time Enrollment

New enrollment for fall 2014 and spring 2015

Fixed/Direct Expenses = Tuition and Fees
Tuition: $51,880  |  Fees: $626 

Living Expenses Allowance
Room and Board: $19,494
Books and Supplies: $1,816
Travel: $1,734
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses: $4,098

TOTAL: $79,648

Returning students who enrolled prior to fall 2014

Fixed/Direct Expenses = Tuition and Fees
Tuition: $50,370  |  Fees: $626 

Living Expenses Allowance
Room and Board: $19,494
Books and Supplies: $1,816
Travel: $1,734
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses: $4,098

TOTAL: $78,138

LL.M. Division Part-Time Enrollment

24 credits

Fixed/Direct Expenses = Tuition and Fees
Tuition: $51,120  |  Fees: $652 

Living Expenses Allowance
Room and Board: $19,494
Books and Supplies: $1,824
Travel: $1,734
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses: $4,098

TOTAL: $78,922 

18 credits

Fixed/Direct Expenses = Tuition and Fees
Tuition: $38,340  |  Fees: $652 

Living Expenses Allowance
Room and Board: $19,494
Books and Supplies: $1,368
Travel: $1,734
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses: $4,098

TOTAL: $65,686

12 credits

Fixed/Direct Expenses = Tuition and Fees
Tuition: $25,560  |  Fees: $652 

Living Expenses Allowance
Room and Board: $19,494
Books and Supplies: $912
Travel: $1,734
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses: $4,098

TOTAL: $52,450

6 credits

Fixed/Direct Expenses = Tuition and Fees
Tuition: $12,780  |  Fees: $652 

Living Expenses Allowance
Room and Board: $19,494
Books and Supplies: $456
Travel: $1,734
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses: $4,098

TOTAL: $39,214  

View the cost of the S.J.D. program.

Expenses not included in the COA

Students wishing to purchase health insurance other than the Fordham plan may petition for an increase to the COA to allow for this cost. Students can also request a COA adjustment to reflect a one-time purchase of a computer for use during the program, and the cost of loan origination fees. Federal Direct Stafford Loans have a 1.072% up front origination fee and Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans carry a 4.288% up front origination fee taken at disbursement. 

Students who have other non-discretionary expenses not included in the cost of attendance budget (e.g., childcare expenses), should inform the University’s Enrollment Services Office in writing and include appropriate documentation. Please note that it is extremely rare for the Enrollment Services Office to increase the student budget for anything other than childcare expenses or the expenses listed above.

Requests for COA adjustments should be mailed or delivered to:

Fordham University

Office of Enrollment Services

113 West 60th Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6700