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

Tuition and fees consist of Tuition, Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST), Student Services Fee, mandatory UCI campus-based fees (e.g., recreation center, associated students fee etc.) and graduate student health insurance.  Nonresident students are also assessed Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.

Refer to your ZOT bill for fees and deadlines.  The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts.

Some or all instruction for all or part of Academic Year 2020-2021 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.  All tuition and fees are charged per semester. The annual amount shown is divided equally between fall and spring semesters with the exception of the Document Fee which is a one-time fee is charged when a student matriculates to UCI. 

Breakdown of 2020-2021 fee assessment

These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown. 

2020-21 Zot Bill ExpensesCA ResidentNon-Resident
Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) $36,696.00 $30,050.00
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition n/a $12,245.00
Tuition $11,442.00 $11,442.00
Student Services Fee $1,128.00 $1,128.00
UCI Campus Based Fees $783.62 $783.62
Document Fee (one time upon matriculation) $80.00 $80.00
TOTAL ANNUAL COST $50,049.62 $55,648.62
Graduate Student Health Insurance (GSHIP)* $4,576.53  $4,576.53
TOTAL ANNUAL COST w/ GSHIP* $54,626.15 $60,225.15

*Graduate Student Health Insurance is a mandatory fee. If students provide evidence of comparable coverage from another source, participation in the mandatory Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan may be waived. First year law students (matriculating prior to September 28, 2020) and any returning students not enrolled in the previous spring semester will also pay a prorated GSHIP premium of $628.18.

Description of Tuition and Fees

The Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) is assessed to all UC students enrolled in designated graduate professional degree programs. Charges vary by program and UC campus.

In January 2020, the UC Regents approved the current multi-year PDST plan. The multi-year plan approved rates shown below apply only to the UC Irvine J.D. PDST.  Future amounts beyond 2020-21 for all other UC mandatory tuition and fees, Nonresident Supplemental Tuition, UC Irvine campus-based fees and graduate student health insurance are not known at this time.  Final tuition and fee amounts are subject to change by the UC Regents or, as delegated, by the UC President or UC Irvine Chancellor and may differ from the amounts shown.

Under this plan, the PDST levels will eventually equalize for both resident and nonresident students.

Law - UC Irvine2020-212021-222022-232023-24
Resident PDST Level $36,696 $39,448 $42,406 $45,586
Nonresident PDST Level $30,050 $34,530 $39,678 $45,586

Nonresident Supplemental Tuition is required of all J.D. students who have been classified as nonresidents for tuition purposes for that semester and are ineligible for any exemptions from Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. Further information is available in our section on residency.

Tuition provides general support for the operating budget, including costs related to instruction, and helps to fund student financial aid. J.D. students are required to pay the full tuition for each semester in which they enroll.

The Student Services Fee is required of all J.D. students regardless of the number of courses taken. This fee is a charge to each student for co-curricular programs, activities, and services, which benefit the student and which are complementary to, but not a part of, the instructional programs. No part of this fee is refundable to students who do not use all or any of these services.

The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. This is paid one time, upon matriculation.

Annual Mandatory UCI Campus Based Fees also include:

  • UCI Student Center Fee
  • Associated Students Fee
  • Bren Events Center Fee
  • Recreation Center Fee

A description of each fee can be found here: https://www.reg.uci.edu/fees/descriptions.html

Living Expenses and Books

University of California, 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. 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

The Graduate Student Health Insurance Program (GSHIP) Fee is charged over two semesters (fall and spring) to provide 12-month coverage from August through September. The fee is required of all J.D. students regardless of the number of courses taken or units carried. The fee is used to provide graduate and medical students with health insurance. If students provide evidence of comparable coverage from another source, participation in the mandatory plan may be waived via ZOT Account Online. This fee is subject to change pending the outcome of negotiations with insurance carriers.

Graduate Student Health Insurance:      $4,576.53

First year law students (matriculating prior to September 28, 2020) and any returning students not enrolled in the previous spring semester will also pay a prorated GSHIP premium of $628.18 in addition to the fall premium of $2,288.27. The total 2020 fall semester GSHIP premium is $2,916.45.

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 Form (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

Due to COVID-19 UCI Law has instituted policy of telecommuting for the entire law school community.

  • Click here to schedule a meeting appointment with Nasreen B. Zia, Director of Student Financial Services

  • Click here to schedule a meeting appointment with Jennifer Terrazas, Assistant Director of Student Financial Services

As you schedule your appointment, please select whether you would prefer to hold your appointment via phone call or Zoom.