Tuition and Aid

Cost of Attendance:

Whittier Law School uses a standard single budget for the cost of attendance which applies to all students. For the purpose of aid verification, the cost of attendance is normally based on a nine-month period for fall and spring semesters. The cost of attendance for the academic year 2013-14 is shown below:

Fall & Spring Full-Time Part-Time
Tuition and Fees $ 41,560 $ 27,740
Living Expenses    
     Books/Supplies $1,726 $1,726
     Personal Expenses $ 3,724 $ 3,724
     Room and Board $ 16,640 $ 16,640
     Transportation $ 3,458 $ 3,458
     Health Care Insurance $ 2,248 $ 2,248
Cost of Attendance $ 69,356 $ 55,536


  1. The cost of a single unit is $1,382. Please note that there is a Flat Rate charge for Full Time students taking 12-15 units and Part Time students taking 8-10 units.
  2. Full time students wishing to take 16 units or Part Time students wishing to take 11 units must pay for an extra unit on top of the flat fee.
  3. The budget for newly admitted students includes a one-time $1,500 laptop/computer purchase allowance.
  4. Students have the option of using their own health care insurance.
  5. Living expenses for family members are not covered by financial aid. Regulations restrict the budget to the expense categories shown above for the student only.
  6. Students are encouraged to plan cautiously for any additional expenses not included in the cost of attendance.
  7. Budget is subject to change upon new fiscal year. For a full breakdown of tuition and fees please visit the Business Office website.

Summer Session:

The cost of attendance for summer session is calculated separately, as it involves on-campus and multiple abroad programs. A summer budget for each program includes tuition, application/program fees, housing, transportation/airfare, and a reasonable sum for miscellaneous expenses. Students must submit a Summer Intent Form by no later than March 31st in order to obtain financial aid for the summer session. All Summer Intent Forms received after March 31st may not be processed in time for the start of the semester. Students are encouraged to check with the Financial Aid Office for procedures and actual cost of attendance for summer.

Fundamental Aid Awarding Process

The process of financial aid awarding is based on the computation of the FAFSA and cost of attendance each academic year. Need-based awards will be granted before those of non-need-based aid. Financial aid awards are given in the following descending order:

  1. Institutional aid such as scholarships and fellowships
  2. External financial assistance from a student’s family, employer, independent agency, etc.
  3. Federal campus-based aid such as work-study
  4. Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  5. Federal Direct Graduate PLUS (Grad-PLUS) Loans
  6. Private Loans

By regulations, all types of financial resources are included in the aid awarding process. Therefore, students receiving external aid (i.e. Veterans’ benefits, AmeriCorps benefits, Governor’s scholarships program, tuition reimbursement benefits, living allowances, etc.) are required to notify the Financial Aid Office. Failure to do so will result in the adjustment and/or cancellation of financial aid awards.