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Tuition and Expenses

Financial Aid Budget Tuition and Estimated Living Costs

  JD 2020-21  LL.M. 2020-21
*Tuition $70,188 $70,188
Student Activity Fee $86 $86
Room  $11,250 $11,250
Board $5,516  $5,516 
Books and Supplies $1,100 $1,100
Personal/Travel $5,000 $5,000
**Health Insurance $456 $3,420
Loan Fee $220 --------
Total $93,816 $96,560

*Students enrolled in the accelerated JD/MBA program will pay a higher tuition rate of $105,282 for their final two semesters of law school enrollment. 

**Note that the amount listed for JD Health Insurance is the Cornell Health Fee. If elected, budgets may be increased to allow for actual cost of the Cornell student health insurance premium. 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 . 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
115 Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-5141