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Tuition & Fees

Michigan State Law creates a student budget (also known as “cost of attendance”) for each academic year. The student budget consists of direct costs (i.e., tuition and fees) and indirect costs.

MSU Law’s “thrifty budget” below assumes that students have a roommate, do not have health-insurance expenses of their own, and rely on public transportation. Those whose personal situations are such that they are unable to rely on the thrifty budget may request additional loan assistance up to the amount of the standard budget (an additional allocation of $7,326) for the academic year.

MSU Law strives to minimize tuition increases. For the 2011/12, 2012/3, and 2013/14 academic years tuition was increased just 2% annually.  Tuition for the 2014/15 academic year will be announced in April 2014. Tuition for 1Ls is calculated based on 29 credits, which is the proscribed number of credits for a full-time student. Students who enroll in fewer than 29 credit hours are charged on a per-credit hour basis.

Contact John Garcia, director of financial aid, at for more information about tuition and fees.

Costs for the 2013–14 Academic Year: Thrifty Budget
Tuition $35,844
Fees $35
RWA Lab Fees (1L year only) $200
Books $1,484
Room and Board $5,256
Transportation $200
Personal/Misc. $970
Medical $0
Average Loan fee $200
TOTAL $44,189

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