Tuition and Costs

The following student budgets provide a guide to the estimated expenses you can expect during the UW Law School year.

Of course, living expenses vary from student to student, depending on housing arrangements, personal expenses, and travel costs. Living expenses may increase each year depending on the rate of inflation.

Attention Incoming 1Ls: Please note that you will not receive loan funds from the Bursar's Office until the week before classes begin, at the earliest. You cannot depend on your upcoming financial aid to cover expenses prior to that time. Therefore, you need to plan ahead and have your finances in order to pay bills, rent, and other early expenses.

If you have questions or concerns regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid, 333 East Campus Mall #9701, Madison, WI 53706 (608) 262-3060.

Standard Student Expense Budget for Academic Year 2018-2019

The Standard Student Expense Budget represents the maximum estimated expenses that a law student will incur during the academic year. This budget assumes you are living alone in a one bedroom apartment.

Expenses Resident Non-Resident
Tuition $ 23,517.44 $ 42,213.68
Books & Supplies     2,450.00     2,450.00
Room     8,512.00     8,512.00
Board     3,762.00     3,762.00
Miscellaneous*                   5,144.00     5,144.00
Travel       840.00       840.00
Loan Fees       220.00       220.00
Total: $ 44,445.44 $ 63,141.68

*Miscellaneous includes health insurance. First-year law students should add $1,000 to their miscellaneous budget for the purchase of a computer.

"Thrifty Budget" for Academic Year 2018-2019

Students whose personal circumstances allow them to cut expenses from the Standard Student Expense Budget should consider following the "Thrifty Budget" listed below. This budget assumes that you live in an off-campus apartment, and does not include health insurance.

Expenses Resident
Tuition & fees $ 23,517.44 $ 42,213.68
Books & Supplies     2,450.00     2,450.00
Room     7,204.00     7,204.00
Board     3,762.00     3,762.00
Miscellaneous     2,294.00     2,294.00
Travel       840.00       840.00
Loan Fees       220.00       220.00
Total: $ 40,287.44 $ 58,983.68

Refund Policy

Tuition due date and refund information can be found on the Registrar's website. The date a course is dropped determines if a tuition refund will occur.  You can find more information about tuition adjustment on dropped or added classes on the Registrar's website.

Additional Information

Part-time students are charged for tuition and fees on a per-credit basis. For a chart showing per-credit tuition and fees, visit the Registrar's website and choose "Law" and the applicable semester from the drop-down menu.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. To view tuition information for past years, visit the Tuition Rate History website.

Related Resources

Financial Aid
A primer on federal financial aid.

Information on Law School and external scholarships.

UW Veteran Services and Military Assistance Center
Financial information for veterans.

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