Tuition and Fees
All students pursuing a JD or LLM degree are classified into one of three tuition rates – Ohio resident, non-resident, or Graduate Metropolitan Rate.
The chart below shows ESTIMATED annual tuition and fee rates for the 2014-2015 year:
Graduate Metro Rate***
Tuition and Fees
(JD and LLM)
* Assumes an approximate 2% increase for 2014-15. This rate will not be made official until late spring/ early summer in 2014. Ohio resident tuition did not rise from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014.
** Based on the new lower non-resident tuition surcharge approved for 2014-2015 and assumes in-state rate of $24,000.
*** Assumes 2% increase to Ohio resident tuition with no change to GMR fee (currently $180 per semester in 2013-2014).
In August 2013, the UC Board of Trustees approved a reduction in the non-resident tuition surcharge for the College of Law that will take effect in Fall 2014. As a result, non-resident students enrolling for 2014-2015 in the JD or LLM degree programs will see lower tuition rates. For the 2014-2015 year, non-resident tuition will exceed resident tuition by only $5,000 (far lower than the approximate $17,500 difference in the two rates currently).
For the current 2013-2014 academic year, annual rates for tuition and fees (combined) are:
Graduate Metro Rate
(JD and LLM)
Estimated Living Expenses
In addition to tuition and fees, students must budget for their personal living expenses. Due to the relative low cost of living here, history has shown most students are able to live well far below the estimated 9 month living expense figures shown here:
Room and Board
Miscellaneous (including health insurance)
Students are allowed to receive financial aid (any combination of scholarships, student loans, work-study, etc.) to cover both tuition and fees, as well as any amount up to this total for living expenses.
Virtually all JD and LLM students live off-campus - visit our housing site for more information.
Graduate Metropolitan Rate
The Graduate Metropolitan Rate is available to students who reside in several Northern Kentucky counties. As of Fall 2013, eligible residents in these counties qualify for the metropolitan rate which is equal to Ohio resident tuition and fees plus $180 per semester.
The list of qualifying counties includes: Bath, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Fleming, Franklin, Gallatin, Grant, Greenup, Harrison, Henry, Jefferson, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Rowan, Scott, Shelby and Trimble.
Additional Residency/Tuition Rates
Students in several other categories may also qualify for lower tuition rates and/or immediate Ohio residency:
- Married Non-Resident Students
- Veterans of the U.S. Armed Services
- Residents of over 20 counties in southern and eastern Indiana
- Independent, self-sustaining non-residents who have lived in Ohio for 12 months or more
To learn more, please visit our Residency/Reclassifying as an Ohio Resident page.