Student Budget

The 2014/2015 JD student budget is used to calculate financial aid. It assumes a modest lifestyle for a single person in San Diego, based on average expenses experienced by TJSL students during the last several years.


If you plan to graduate after the Fall 2014 semester or begin your program with the Spring 2015 semester, you will receive a budget for one-semester only during the 2014/2015 academic year.


Download the 2014/2015 Student Budget




JD Degree Program

(Based on a nine month academic year)

Flat Rate Calculation

  Fall 2014 and Spring 2015


(12-18 credits)


(7-11 credits)

Tuition   $44,900 $33,700
Books and Supplies   $1,200 $1,000
Living Allowance (1)                

Room and Board

$1,650/month $14,850 $14,850
Transportation (2) $380/month $3,420 $3,420
Miscellaneous (Incl loan fees) (3) $400/month $3,600 $3,600

Total Cost of Attendance

  $67,970 $56,570
Mandatory Health Fee (4)   $2,700 $2,700
Maximum Student Budget   $70,670 $59,270



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.
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. Monthly Utilities include: $50 gas/electric, $50 trash/sewer/water, $100 tv/internet/phone.
  2. Monthly Transportation covers operation costs ($120), maintenance ($80), insurance ($100) and parking ($80).
  3. Monthly Miscellaneous budget includes: $150 entertainment, $50 clothing/dry cleaning/laundry. Loan fees are included in this section, and assumes student is awarded Federal Graduate PLUS and Stafford loans. Maximum loan fees authorized in the standard budget are $1800 per academic year ($200/month).
  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.
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.