Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid
Tuition & Scholarships
Tuition for students enrolled at St. John's University School of Law for the 2018-2019 academic year is $59,080 for the full-time program and $44,320 for the part-time program.
As an applicant to St. John's School of Law, you will be considered for scholarship at the time your application is reviewed under regular admission review. No supplemental application is required. There is no specific LSAT score or undergraduate GPA required to be awarded a scholarship.
The Cost of Attendance is a separate figure that represents the total cost of attending school and includes tuition, books and supplies, housing and food, transportation, miscellaneous and personal living expenses, and federal student loan fees.
Continuing Student Scholarships
Academic Achievement Awards
In addition to the entering scholarships available to Law School students, students may become eligible for tuition assistance after completing their first year. Students who place in the top 25% of their class at the end of every year are eligible to receive an award bringing their total financial aid package to half-tuition assistance. This award is renewable annually provided the student remains in the top 25% of their class. These awards can be granted in addition to a current scholarship, but in no case will the award bring a student’s total financial aid package to more than half-tuition assistance. Continuing students will be notified in the summer if they are eligible for such an award.
We also make continuing students aware of a number of external scholarships. These are emailed to current students throughout the year and also posted on the Online Student Center.
Scholarship Retention For The Entering Class of 2019
Students awarded a scholarship need only stay in the top 80% of the class to retain their entire award for the following year–in other words, a scholarship is only at risk if a student falls into the bottom 20% of the class. Students awarded the St. Thomas More Scholarship or a Ron Brown Scholarship retain the scholarship each academic year provided their cumulative grade point average remains above a 2.15.
Regardless of the retention policy under which a student enters, all students awarded scholarships have the opportunity to regain all or part of their scholarship at the completion of their second year of law school should they lose all or part of their merit scholarship after their first year.
Please note that the retention statistics in the ABA Required Disclosures are for a different retention policy than the one above: For students entering Fall 2016 and before, the retention policy was that students had to remain in the upper 40% of their class in order to retain 100% of their scholarship. If their class rank placed them in the upper 55% of their class, they retained 75% of their scholarship. If their class rank placed them in the upper 65% of their class, they retained 55% of their scholarship. For students entering in Fall 2017 and Fall 2018, the retention policy was that students had to remain in the upper 60% of their class in order to retain their scholarship.
St. John's University School of Law encourages all applicants and current students who need financial assistance for law school to apply for financial aid. The Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to apply for consideration of federal loans at St. John’s Law. You may apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. St. John’s federal school code is 002823. Financial Aid counselors can be reached at 718-990-2000 or [email protected]. You will find more detailed information in this Financial Aid Process document created by the University Office of Student Financial Services.
The Law School acts as a financial aid liaison to the University Office of Student Financial Services for prospective and current students. While the Law School assists you with the process of obtaining financial aid and administers merit-based scholarships, the University Office of Student Financial Services is responsible for creating financial aid packages and assisting students with financial planning.
Students are encouraged to continue to seek federal, public, and private scholarship opportunities throughout their time at St. John's. Many of these can be found through basic online searches based on criteria such as year in law school, area of law of interest, geographical region, etc. Others may be found on our Online Student Center.
If you are an incoming student and have further questions about the law student financial aid process, please contact the Law School Admissions Office at 718-990-6474.