Welcome to Student Financial Services

The Office of Student Financial Services determines eligibility for institutional financial aid and ensures that eligible students are appropriately awarded federal student aid. In addition to managing the delivery of all types of financial aid funds, we offer law students financial services in the form of loan counseling, advise on maintaining financial aid eligibility, debt management workshops, web-based tools to manage an education loan portfolio and Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP).

J.D. Cost of Attendance

Tuition and Fees

Fees are composed of Tuition; Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition; a Student Services Fee; and mandatory campus-based fees (recreation center, graduate student health insurance, etc.). Refer to your ZOT bill for specific deadlines.

Some or all instruction for all or part of Academic Year 20-21 may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year.

Living Expenses and Books

UC Irvine School of Law estimates cost-of-living and book expenses based on a modest but adequate standard of living. These costs are updated annually. The cost of living depends upon a student’s personal situation and choices. Students have the choice to live on campus in a residence hall or off-campus in an apartment. Each of the living arrangements has a different cost. Please click here for typical off-campus housing costs near UCI. For detailed information about housing refer to the housing page

2020-2021 Estimated Nine-Month J.D. Student Budget

ExpenseLiving On CampusLiving Off-Campus*
Housing/Living $14,281 $26,645
Travel $3,138 $3,138
Personal $2,989 $2,989
Law Books $1,800 $1,800
Total $22,208 $34,572

*Includes American Campus Communities, Vista Del Campo, Vista Del Campo Norte, and Puerta Del Sol

Budget Increases

In extreme circumstances, J.D. students occasionally incur expenses during the year that may warrant an increase in our standard budget listed above. The goal is to provide students with enough financial aid funding to cover allowable educational related expenses while maintaining a reasonable level of borrowing.

Allowable budget increases include:

  • Computer Purchases (up to $2,000). Note: Students may receive only one computer-related budget increase during their three years at UCI Law.
  • Medical/Dental/Optical (not covered by insurance)
  • Emergency Car Repair
  • Travel Expenses due to unforeseen family emergencies
  • Child-care expenses (Up to nine months' maximum will be allowed)

Students who wish to have additional expenses added to their budget must complete UCI Budget Increase Forms (PDF) and provide original receipts of their additional expenses directly to the School of Law Office of Student Financial Services.

Should a budget increase be allowed, the increase would be met in the form of an additional student loan.

State of California Disclosure: Federal student loans are available to most students regardless of income and provide a range of repayment options including some income-based repayment plans and loan-forgiveness benefits, which other education loans are not required to provide.


Student Financial Services
401 E. Peltason Dr.
Suite 1000
Irvine, CA 92697-8000

Phone: (949) 824-8080
Fax: (949) 824-5848