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Student Financial Services endeavors to provide assistance to each student so that they will be able to meet the overall cost of their legal education.

The goal of the office is to assist each student in obtaining sufficient funding to bridge the difference between the student’s own resources and the cost of attending law school.

Student Financial Services

  • How much will my legal education cost?

    For information regarding costs, please visit the “Tuition and Fees” page on the Hofstra University website.

  • Cost of Attendance, J.D. Program, 2021-2022 (Estimated)
    Living on OwnLiving on CampusLiving With Family
    Full-TimePart-TimeFull-TimePart-TimeFull-TimePart-Time
    Tuition and
    Fees (Estimated)
    $64,022 $47,954 $64,022 $47,954 $64,022 $47,954
    Books $1,800 $1,350 $1,800 $1,350 $1,800 $1,350
    Room and
    Board
    $22,549 $22,549 $20,572 $20,572 $1,120 $1,120
    Personal
    Expenses
    $4,050 $4,050 $3,900 $3,900 $3,900 $3,900
    Stafford
    Loan Fees
    $220 $220 $220 $220 $220 $220
    Transportation $1,680 $1,260 $1,586 $1,190 $1,680 $1,260
    Total
    Budget
    $94,321 $77,383 $92,100 $75,186 $72,742 $55,804
  • Do I need to borrow the full amount suggested by the student expense budget?

    No, the budget is a guideline for planning your expenses for the academic year. In fact, many students find that their actual expenses are less than the amounts allowed under the budget. Living on less now allows you to borrow less and to save money in the long run.

  • What items are not covered by the student expense budget?

    Federal regulations mandate that the student expense budget only include education-related expenses. There are many items which students assume can be included in the student expense budget that are prohibited. The following are some examples of what cannot be included in the cost of attendance:

    • Consumer Debt: Students are advised that the budget will not allow for any consumer debt, such as monthly credit card payments. Students are advised to budget wisely prior to attending law school and pay off as much credit card debt as possible. The Law School Office of Student Financial Services cannot make allowances for credit card debt.
    • Moving/Relocation Expenses
    • Expenses for Housing During Periods of Non-enrollment
    • Bar Expenses: Bar study and exam expenses are not allowed under the student expense budget; however, many lenders offer private consumer loans to law students. These loans assist students with paying for the expenses of a bar preparation course and living expenses associated with taking a bar exam after graduation.
  • Can I request to have my budget adjusted?

    If you have a legitimate educational expense that causes you to exceed your student budget, our office can consider an adjustment, once appropriate documentation is reviewed and approved. Please bear in mind that adjustments are, for the most part, only made under extraordinary circumstances.

  • What if I purchase a computer — should I request a budget increase?

    If you have not borrowed up to the budget, you may not need a budget increase. If you have borrowed up to the budget you may request a budget increase for the purchase. You will need to complete the Hofstra Law Request for Budget Adjustment Form and attach supporting documentation of the computer expenses.

  • What if I buy my computer before classes begin?

    In order to be considered an allowable budget expense under federal guidelines, the purchase of the computer needs to occur either during or just prior to the start of the academic year.

  • What is the maximum budget adjustment amount for a computer purchase?

    $1,500 is the maximum for computer expense. Proof of purchase must be submitted for a budget adjustment to be made.

  • What items may be considered in a budget increase?

    The following items will be considered: computer purchase up to $1,500 (one time only), loan fees and a dependent child adjustment. Please note that cost of living increases will not be approved.

Students are advised that the budget will not allow for any consumer debt such as monthly credit card payments. Students are advised to budget wisely prior to attending law school and pay off as much credit card debt as possible. The Law School Office of Student Financial Services cannot make allowances for credit card debt.