Student Budget

The 2017/2018 JD student budget is used to calculate financial aid eligibility. It assumes a modest lifestyle for a single person living in San Diego. This information is based on average expenses experienced by TJSL students during the past academic year.

If you plan to graduate after the Fall 2017 semester or begin your program with the Spring 2018 semester, you will receive a budget for one-semester only during the 2017/2018 academic year.

Download the 2017/2018 Student Budget


JD Degree Program

(Based on a nine month academic year)

Flat Rate Calculation

  Fall 2017 and Spring 2018


(12-17 credits)


(7-11 credits)

Tuition   $49,500 $37,130
Books and Supplies   $1,200 $900
Living Allowance (1)                

Room and Board

$2100/month $18,900 $18,900
Transportation (2) $310/month $2,790 $2,790
Miscellaneous (3) $250/month $2,250 $2,250
Federal Loan Origination Fees   $2,000 $1,500

Total Cost of Attendance

  $76,640 $63,470
Mandatory Health Fee (4)   $2,910 $2,910
Maximum Student Budget   $79,550 $66,380
The Cost of Attendance represents the average amount believed adequate to cover the tuition, fees, books and living expenses of most students for the academic year. This figure also represents the maximum total financial aid package a law student can expect to receive per year. As a private institution, TJSL students pay the same tuition rate regardless of their state residency. In addition, rates for tuition and fees are set annually and are subject to change. 
Your actual expenses may differ from those listed here. In some cases you may have lower expenses in one category to compensate for higher expenses in another area. We are limited in our ability to approve budget increases. You can request a budget increase for certain expenses such as child care costs, disability related expenses, etc. It will not be possible to obtain a budget increase to cover such expenses as credit card and other consumer payments. 
Students will be allowed one allowance to purchase a laptop during their JD career. Proof of payment will be required to be submitted to the Financial Aid Office before a budget increase will be granted. The Financial Aid Office maintains a $1200 cap on laptop purchases to be added to a student's budget.
Notes to Student Budget
  1. Students who are living with parents have a Room and Board budget of $5,000 per 9-month academic year. Rent is estimated at $1350/month, food at $500/month and monthly utilities at $250/month. Monthly Utilities include: $125 tv/internet/phone, $75 gas/electric, $50 trash/sewer/water.
  2. Monthly Transportation covers $0.535 IRS mileage allowance with average of 20 miles/day plus parking at $95/month.
  3. Monthly Miscellaneous budget includes: $100 recreation, $50 clothing/dry cleaning, $100 personal hygiene/grooming.
  4. The cost of attendance listed above will include an allowance for the law school's mandatory health insurance.
Your student budget will not be increased if you are are being covered by your parent's plan or you opt-out of the school's insurance.