Fees & Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) or budget for a student is an estimate of that student’s educational expenses for the period of enrollment. 

The following tables show the average expenses for the nine-month current academic year. Students should take into account their own spending and the possibility of unforeseen expenses. AB990 Disclosure:   Information about the market cost of a one-bedroom apartment in the areas surrounding campus where its students commonly reside can be found on the UC Berkeley Housing Resource page (see Off-Campus Housing> Typical Rent ranges)

The Higher Education Act of 1965 specifies that a student’s COA includes tuition and fees normally assessed for a student carrying the same academic workload and an allowance for living expenses, such as room and board, books and supplies, personal, and transportation costs. The law also provides limited allowances for loan fees, dependent-care costs, expenses for disabled students, and certain travel and living expenses, among other items. Please click here for more information on allowable expenses.

All fees are subject to change. Tuition and fees are typically finalized in July each year. This table is for COA purposes only. Official fee schedules are published on the Berkeley Registrar’s Fee Schedule page: https://registrar.berkeley.edu/tuition-fees-residency/tuition-fees/fee-schedule.

For an explanation of what each fee is comprised of, visit https://registrar.berkeley.edu/tuition-fees-residency/tuition-fees.

J.D. ESTIMATED EXPENSES            2019-20      

             Fees per Semester 


CA Resident


Non- Resident*

Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) $18,900 $14,442
Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST) n/a $6,122.50
Tuition (formerly Educational Fee) $5,721 $5,721
Class Pass Fee $80
Student Services Fee (formerly University Registration Fee) $564
Berkeley Campus Fee $728.25
Law Instructional Materials Fee** $15
Tuition and Fees (Semester Total) $26,008.25 $27,672.75
Tuition and Fees (Academic Year Total) $52,016.50 $55,345.50
Rent & Utilities $8,666
Food $3,951
Personal (clothing, recreation, etc) $1,339
Transportation $1,555
Estimated Books & Supplies $798
Health Insurance (SHIP)*** $2,620
Cost of Attendance (Semester Total) $44,937.25 $46,601.75
Cost of Attendance (Academic Year Total) $89,874.50 $93,203.50

*Students eligible for a non-resident supplemental tuition exemption are assessed the Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) at the (higher) resident rate in addition to non-resident supplemental tuition. However, eligible students subsequently receive a waiver for non-resident supplemental tuition. 
**New law students are also assessed a $31 Document Management Fee.
***If you have comparable insurance, you may waive SHIP enrollment. Visit the University Health Services website for more information.

Non-residents should note that it is possible to establish California residency for tuition purposes during the first year of law school. Please visit the Office of the Registrar website for more information about establishing residency. 

Use this calculator below to estimate your remaining balance or expected financial aid refund. For estimation purposes only.

The calculator above is for estimation purposes only and is only as accurate as the information you input. Additionally, federal student loan origination fees are set annually. Please visit www.studentaid.gov for the exact origination fees pertaining to the appropriate disbursement period. 


More information on tuition and fees at Berkeley is available at the following links:

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