The cost of education for purposes of determining financial need includes actual costs for tuition and fees and reasonable estimated costs for such items as rent and food, books and other living expenses. Such items as the cost of purchasing a computer and parking tags may be added onto your budget on an individual basis



Law School Budget: 2021-2022 Entering Class

Housing Status Off Campus With Parents or Relatives
Tuition/Fees $50,535 $50,535
$1,400 $1,400
Rent/Utilities $12,150 $2,700
Food/Sundries $4,500 $3,150
Misc. Expenses $3,592 $3,142
Loan Fees $1,258 $1,090
Total Budget $73,435 $62,017

Students enrolled in the Graduate Tax Program will pay $1,250 per credit hour for tuition in the 2020-2021 academic year. Living expenses will be calculated based on the terms attending and will be included in the budget.

Students enrolled in the Online Graduate Tax Program will pay $1,525 per credit hour for tuition in the 2020-2021 academic year.  Living expenses will be calculated based on the terms attending and will be included in the budget.

Students in the JD/MBA program will pay $1,042 per credit hour for tuition for any MBA classes in the 2020-2021 academic year in addition to their regular JD tuition and fees; MBA books are estimated at $46 per credit hour.  Living expenses for summer while taking MBA classes can be included in the budget.


Financial aid for students admitted into one of Villanova’s JD/LLM International Studies Programs is offered according to the following guidelines.

  1. Payments due to Villanova Law. Students enrolled in the JD/LLM program will pay Villanova’s tuition but will not pay any fees (e.g., SBA fee) normally due to Villanova.
  2. Federal loans and Private Loans. For the year abroad, students are eligible to receive financial aid, but the type of financial aid available (federal loans or private loans) will depend on which host school abroad you attend.

a. Whether you may apply for federal loans depends upon the eligibility of the host school abroad that you plan to attend. Please see the current list of eligible schools.

b. If the host school that you plan to attend is not eligible for federal loans, you will have to use private loans for your year at that institution. You will have to apply for a private loan to pay for both any amounts that you owe to Villanova as well as to your host school abroad.

c. To ensure that you understand what type(s) of loans you may be eligible for, please inquire with our Financial Aid Office as early as possible after you apply for the JD/LLM program. Upon admission to a particular JD/LLM program, please follow up with the Financial Aid Office.

3. Scholarships. Please note that if you are the recipient of certain scholarships, you may not be able to use some or all of your scholarship toward the third year of law study because the funds from these scholarships cannot be applied toward payments to schools other than Villanova.

a. For example, if you receive a Dean’s Merit Scholarship of $15,000 annually, the following would be in effect if you spend the year at Villanova:

Assume that tuition (without fees) for the academic year at Villanova is $32,000. You receive the full $15,000 and may apply it 100% toward your Villanova tuition. You would be responsible for paying the remaining $17,000 due to Villanova.

b. However, if you spend your third year abroad:

1. If you spend your third year in a JD/LLM program at a host school abroad where the tuition is the equivalent of $22,000, this will leave a balance due to Villanova of $10,000.

You may use $10,000 of your $15,000 scholarship to offset the balance due to Villanova; however, you may not use the remaining $5,000 of the scholarship toward payments due to your host school. Therefore, you will remain responsible for paying the $22,000 remaining balance due. In other words, your scholarship funds may only be used to offset any balance due to Villanova.

2. Now assume that you have received a Dean’s Merit Scholarship for $32,000, and your tuition for the year abroad is $22,000. In this situation, you will have to pay the $22,000 due to your host school. However, you will be able to offset the $10,000 due to Villanova with your scholarship funds, and will not owe any additional funds to Villanova.

Students who expect to need financial aid during the year abroad should contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible to discuss what kinds of funding may be available. It is never too early to plan ahead if you would like to be able to participate in this unique experience.

All full-time JD students must be covered by health insurance. You must either enroll in the school-sponsored plan or show proof of other comparable coverage and waive out of the Villanova University sponsored plan. If you are unable to waive out of the school-sponsored plan, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid to request additional loan funding. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If your request is approved, we will increase your budget to cover the estimated 12-month premium for the Villanova University-sponsored insurance plan. Please click here for more information.

The Bursar’s Office handles all billing and payments. Fall semester bills are typically available for viewing in July and Spring semester bills are usually available in November. Paper bills will not be mailed. You can access your bill through your myNova account in the Student Tab under Bursar Links.

Students will receive an email alert each time a new V-bill is available.  New students should note that V-bills are available only after the registration and billing process is completed.  All tuition and fee charges must be paid no later than the first day of classes or a late fee may be assessed by the Bursar’s Office.