Tuition and Costs

Law School Tuition Rates

Mizzou Law is an exceptional value and offers one of the most affordable legal educations in the country. The Missouri resident tuition rate for the 2014-2015 academic year is $600.50 per credit hour and $1,169.20 for non-Missouri residents.

Missouri Resident Non-Missouri Resident
*Full-time first year students $18,615.50 $36,245.20
Mandatory Fees $1,216.80 $1,216.80
*Tuition for first year law students is based on 31 credit hours.

For more information on tuition and fees visit the MU Office of Cashiers Website.

Estimated Living Expenses – Standard Mizzou Law Budget

How much will your Mizzou Law degree cost? Besides tuition, another component of your cost will be living expenses. It’s important to take into consideration all of your expenses like housing, transportation, and personal items before accepting your financial aid. It’s possible you may not need to borrow funds to cover some of these expenses, so think of other options besides student loans first.

Books & Supplies $1,680
Room & Board $9,828
Personal & Transportation $6,136
Total $17,644

Mizzou Law’s estimated cost allows $17,644 for books & supplies, room & board, and personal & transportation expenses. This estimate is based on 9 months. The cost of attendance is different for each student, depending on housing choices, consumer debt, and individual needs. If possible rid yourself of any consumer debt prior to law school and develop and maintain good spending habits. Your non MU related expenses are where you have control. Keep your costs (and debt) down and borrow only what you need.

The Mizzou Law Thrifty Budget

The Mizzou Law Thrifty Budget is designed to help reduce the amount students may need to finance their law degree.

The thrifty budget approach focuses on a reduced amount for room & board and transportation expenses by encouraging students to live with a roommate and to use Columbia’s public transportation service. Living with a roommate can dramatically reduce the cost of attending law school and potentially have a measurable effect on student loan debt. For example: A student living alone paying $600 rent and $100 in utilities can reduce their cost by $350 per month by sharing expenses with a roommate. That’s a savings of $3,150 per academic year, or $9,450 over three years of law school.

Books & Supplies $1,200
Room & Board $8,810
Personal & Transportation $2,358
Total $12,368

Students are not required to use the Mizzou Law Thrifty Budget but should consider it as an option when thinking through their living expenses during law school.  First year law students are awarded financial aid using the Thrifty Budget.  If you would like to opt out of the Thrifty Budget and use the Standard Budget, contact the Mizzou Law Financial Aid Office.


Summer 2014 Financial Aid & Cost of Attendance

Financial aid is available during the summer term for students enrolled at least half-time.  Half-time enrollment for the summer term is 3 credit hours while full-time enrollment is 6 hours during the summer.  Summer budgets will be finalized and posted here by April 1.  The total estimated cost for summer 2013 was $6,904 for Missouri residents and $9,145 for non-Missouri residents.

The summer estimated costs allows $4,340 for books & supplies, room & board, and personal & transportation expenses.  Note: The tuition rate for the summer term are based on the fall 2014 rate – $600.50 per credit hour for Missouri residents and $1,169.20 for non-Missouri residents. 

Summer Estimated Living Expenses Allowance:

Room & Board $2,698
Books $220
Personal / Transportation $1,422
The University reserves the right to modify by increase or decrease the fees charged for attendance and other services at the University, including but not limited to educational fees, at any time when in the discretion of the governing board the same is in the best interest of the University, provided that no increases can or will be effective unless approved by the governing board not less than thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of the academic term (semester, etc.) to which the fees are applicable and such increase does not exceed ten (10%) percent over the fee level existing immediately prior to the increase, with all modification of fees to be effective irrespective as to whether fees have or have not been paid by or on behalf of a student prior to the effective date of the modification.