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Tuition and Expenses

Financial Aid BudgetTuition and Estimated Living Costs 2014-2015


    JD     LL.M.
*Tuition $59,360 $63,726
Student Activity Fee
$81 $81
**Room and Board $11,250 $11,250
Books and Supplies
$1,100 $1,100
**Personal/Travel $5,000 $5,000
***Health Insurance $2,433 $2,433
**Loan Fee
$205 --------
Total $79,429 $83,590

*Students enrolled in the accelerated JD/MBA program will pay a higher tuition rate for their final two semesters of law school enrollment.

**Estimated Living Costs for 2014-2015 are subject to change.

***Please note that this is an estimated rate and will be updated in the late summer when the current rates are released. Student health insurance is required for all students.

Budget Increases

Cornell Law School will grant budget increases on a case-by-case basis. As an incoming student, it is important that you not expect that we will increase your budget. It is always best to live within your means, to budget wisely, and to live frugally.

A budget increase may be granted for the following:

  • Medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • Computer replacement costs (One time and not to exceed $2,000)
  • Required book costs

These items may be considered on a case-by-case basis:

  • Cost of living
  • Travel

Please note that cost of living increases may not be approved. Do not count on receiving more funds than the published budget.

A budget increase will NOT be granted for:

  • Car payments
  • Consumer debt
  • Furniture
  • Summer living expenses
  • Moving expenses
  • Fall, Winter, and Spring break travel or trips
  • Cell phones/internet service
  • Sport and fitness club fees

If you are in need of a budget increase, please contact the financial aid office at law.financialaid@cornell.edu. Please be sure to have appropriate documentation to support your request. Submission deadlines are mid-November for Fall requests and mid-April for Fall/Spring or Spring only requests, please see the Budget Increase Request form in the forms section for specific dates.

Bursar Procedures

Tuition and university charges will be processed through the University Bursar. You should receive your first bill in mid-July and it will be due in early-August. Financial aid offered by Cornell Law School will show as pending aid on that bill. If you apply for a private loan before July 1, that amount will also be reflected on your bill.

All refunds should be picked up at the Bursar Office located at Day Hall. If you have signed up for direct deposit your refund will be direct deposited into your account. We recommend direct deposit whenever possible.

For more information, contact:

Financial Aid Office
226A Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-5141
law.financialaid@cornell.edu