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 table below shows the average expenses per semester, and the COA spans the nine-month 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 estimation 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.

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J.D. ESTIMATED EXPENSES            2020-21         

CA Resident

per semester

Non- Resident

per semester

Non-Resident Eligible for NRST Waiver*

per semester

Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST)* $20,318 $15,525 $20,318
Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST) n/a $6,123 $6,123
Tuition (formerly Educational Fee) $5,721 $5,721 $5,721
Class Pass Fee $95           
Student Services Fee (formerly University Registration Fee) $564         
Berkeley Campus Fee $742.75         
Law Instructional Materials Fee* $15           
 Est. Tuition and Fees (Semester) $27,456 $28,786 $33,579
 Est.Tuition and Fees (Academic Year) $54,912 $57,572 $67,158
 Living Expenses  per semester       
Rent & Utilities     $8,782             
Food      $4,047              
Personal (clothing, recreation, etc)     $1,372              
Transportation     $1,593              
Estimated Books & Supplies     $763                
Health Insurance (SHIP)*      $2,841               
Total Est. Living Expenses (Academic Year)   $38,796        
 Total Est. Cost of Attendance (Semester) $46,854 $48,184 $52,977
 Total Est. Cost of Attendance (Academic Year) $93,708 $96,368 $105,954

*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.
Some students may be eligible for a PDST-Increase Offsetting Award beginning in 2020-21. See our PIOA website for policy and eligibility information. 
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. 

Click here for the 2019-20 Fees and Cost of Attendance


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