Tuition and Aid

Cost of Attendance:

Whittier Law School uses a standard single budget based upon a flat rate which applies to all part-time students taking 8-10 units and all full time students taking 12-15 units. This budget is called the cost of attendance. Besides tuition and fees, the cost of attendance also allows for a modest and reasonable standard cost of living during enrollment. For the purpose of aid verification, the cost of attendance is normally based on a nine-month period for fall and spring semesters only (the summer term is not included). The cost of attendance is subject to change upon the new fiscal year. Students who are enrolled in a part-time program and who are taking more than 10 units or are enrolled in a full-time program and are taking more than 15 units are required to submit a Service Request form to the Office of Financial Aid in order to receive additional funding. This form is available in the Student Services Suite lobby. The cost of attendance for a continuing student for the 2018-2019 Academic Year is listed below:

Fall & Spring Full-Time (12-15 Units
Flat Rate)
Part-Time (8-10 Units
Flat Rate)
Tuition and Fees $ 44,870* $ 30,080*
Living Expenses    
     Books/Supplies $1,768 $1,768
     Room and Board $ 16,866 $ 16,866
     Personal Expenses $ 3,788 $ 3,788
     Transportation $ 3,514 $ 3,514
     Health Care Insurance $ 2,500 $ 2,500
     Loan Fees $ 1,884 $ 1,884
Cost of Attendance $ 75,190 $ 60,400

*Includes $500 General Administrative Fees (GAF).


  1. The cost of a single unit is $1,479.
  2. Please note part-time students who are enrolled in 8-10 units and full-time students who are enrolled in 12-15 units are charged flat rate tuition for that term as set forth above.
  3. Full-time students wishing to take 16 or 17 units and part-time students wishing to take 11 units will be charged an additional $1,479, the 2018-2020 per-unit cost, for each additional unit.
  4. Students have the option of using their own health care insurance.
  5. Living expenses for family members are not covered by financial aid. Therefore, students with dependents must submit additional documentation for an accurate budget.
  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.

Class Load and Attendance

All students are required to carry a regular schedule of classes. A regular schedule in the Full-Time Day Program is a three-year course of study and ordinarily consists of 12 – 16 units per semester. A regular schedule in the Part-Time Program is a four-year course of study (plus two summers) and ordinarily consists of 8-11 units per semester. A student must acquire 87 units for graduation if the student matriculated before Fall 2014, or 89 units if the student matriculated in Fall 2014 or afterward.

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.

Summer Intent for Financial Aid Form

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 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. 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.

87/89 Unit Requirements

Third year and fourth year students, receiving financial aid, should note that Whittier Law School does not provide financial assistance in the form of Stafford Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans for courses which will place a student over 87/89 units (minimum required to graduate depending on catalog year) for their final semester. The only exception to this rule is for any units that are degree requirements. Please note that concentrations and certificates are optional; they are not included as a degree requirement. Please plan your schedules in advance and accordingly. For more information, please refer to the following guidelines.