Tuition & Costs
Washburn University School of Law offers a high quality legal education at a reasonable cost. Tuition is competitive with other public law schools, and well below most private institutions. Convenient housing is readily available and affordable, keeping the cost of living well below that of other cities.
Washburn Law is a public institution that receives funding from the State of Kansas, Shawnee County, and the City of Topeka.
Following are estimated tuition and fees, books, room and board, and transportation costs to attend Washburn University School of Law during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Tuition & Fees
- The student activity fee is $35 per semester.
- A typical course of study to obtain the J.D. degree is 90 hours over six semesters/three years.
$18,810 — Full-time Kansas/Colorado/Missouri Residents
Resident tuition for 2013-2014 is $627 per credit hour.
Students who are Colorado or Missouri residents must, after enrolling, maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) to continue to qualify for resident tuition. See other conditions related to the Colorado and Missouri resident tuition waiver.
$29,370 — Full-time Non-Kansas Resident
Non-Kansas resident tuition for 2013-2014 is $979 per credit hour.
Note: After 6 months you can qualify for in-state tuition by establishing residency.
Will vary depending on type of course.
Room and Board
Apartment rental in the Topeka area is reasonably priced. For example, a 700 square foot two-bedroom apartment with amenities (e.g., covered parking, pool, exercise room, etc.) in a good neighborhood is available for $500.00 to $700.00 per month. For additional information on housing see The Apartment Directory Online or Topeka Area Association of Realtors if you are interested in a house. View our Washburn Law Student Apartment Survey.
Examples of personal include: utilities, day care, phone, automobile, clothing, laundry, personal care, entertainment, medical care, insurance and other miscellaneous items.
Will vary depending upon amount and distance of travel.
There is no fee for parking on the Washburn University campus. Parking lots are available north, south, and east of the law school.
Totals (for 2013-2014)
$34,179 - Estimated costs for full-time Kansas/Colorado/Missouri resident (tuition, activity fee, books, room and board, personal, transportation).
$39,459 - Estimated costs for full-time non-Kansas/Colorado/Missouri resident who becomes a Kansas resident by the second semester (based on 30 hours required for first-year students). For more information see Residency Qualifications and the Residency Request Form.
$44,739 - Estimated costs for full-time non-Kansas or non-Missouri resident who does not qualify for Kansas residency by the start of second semester.
Additional information regarding the cost of attendance may be obtained by contacting us at (800) 927-4529. See also Financial Policies related to payments and refunds.
Note that students who take advantage of loans will be responsible for the following fees in addition to the totals shown above:
- $809 – Resident
- $1263 – Non-Resident
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Generous contributions from alumni and friends make it possible for Washburn Law to award more than $2.2 million of institutional scholarships annually. Over 40% of our entering students receive scholarships. 30% of our entering students receive nearly full resident tuition scholarships; some receive more.
For information about financial aid and loans, visit the Washburn University Financial Aid Office web site or call them at (785) 670-1151.
- Current Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri residents can attend Washburn Law at resident tuition rates.
- Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska residents: Beginning fall 2014 Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska residents qualify for resident tuition rates (maintenance of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) required to continue to qualify for resident tuition).
- Residents of all other states can qualify for in-state tuition after only six months.
For example, non-resident students living in Kansas by July 1 prior to their first fall semester can take advantage of resident tuition when they enroll for the second semester in January.
See the Washburn University website for information.
Tuition for summer courses is charged at the same rate as the previous fall/spring; total summer tuition is dependent upon the number of hours enrolled. Note: a student qualifies for the Kansas Resident rate if residency is established six months prior to the first day of the first class offered in the summer.
The Law School Admission Council offered a financial aid workshop during its fall 2011 forums. The workshop is available as a 45-minute video. Topics covered include:
- Investing in a law school education
- Funding your law school education
- Applying for financial aid
- Minimizing your debt