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Paying for Law School

Tuition and Aid

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Below are the estimated tuition and fees for the 2024-25 academic year.


Full time (12-17 credits/term) = $24,636per term.


Technology fee = $129.50 per term
Health fee = $74per term
Activity fee = $80 per term (charged for the fall and spring terms)

Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change each academic year.

See the Estimated Cost of Attendance for the J.D. Program from the School of Law (used to determine your eligibility for Financial Aid).

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J.D. Program


The University of St. Thomas School of Law administers a scholarship program for students with outstanding academic records or who are particularly likely to contribute to the school's mission. Plus, your scholarship award will stick with you for every year of law school.

Financial Aid

St. Thomas Law is committed to making high-quality legal education available to students by offering several forms of financial assistance, including scholarships, employment and loans. Financial assistance is designed to help students meet direct expenses (i.e. tuition and fees) and also indirect expenses (i.e. books, supplies, course materials and equipment, food, housing, transportation, etc.).

The total indirect expense allowances for the 2023-24 academic year is $25,334. The actual amount of these expenses varies depending upon the circumstances of each student.

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Working During Law School

The School of Law imposes no restriction on employment, but we recommend that a full-time student work fewer than 20 hours per week. If you plan to work more than 20 hours a week, you should contact the Director of Academic Achievement and Bar Success.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may be considered for a variety of federal, state and private student loan programs by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.

The FAFSA for the upcoming academic year may be completed any time after Oct. 1. We recommend that you submit your FAFSA no later than July 1. The University of St. Thomas school code for the FAFSA is 002345.

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Federal Work Study Program

The Federal Work Study program allows students with financial need to earn money to help pay for educational related expenses. A FAFSA must be on file with the university to determine your eligibility. If eligible, you may receive up to $5,000 of work-study for the summer term, $3,000 for the fall term and $3,000 for the spring term.

St. Thomas Law students have worked for various employers via the federal work study program. Examples include:

1st Judicial District, Public Defender
2nd Judicial District, Public Defender
7th Judicial District, Public Defender
10th Judicial District, Public Defender
Dakota County Attorney's Office
Olmstead County Attorney's Office
Washington County Attorney's Office
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Yellow Ribbon Program

St. Thomas is proud to continue a long tradition of supporting veterans and military families by participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Chapter 33 recipients at the 100% level are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program throughout their remaining months/days of benefits.