2012-2013 Cost of AttendanceThe 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.
For the cost of the new S.J.D. Program, click on http://law.fordham.edu/international-non-jd-programs/19689.htm.
Expenses not included in the COA
With proper written documentation, law students may petition for an increase to the COA to allow for the cost of health insurance, 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% up front origination fee and Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans carry a 4% 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: