Tuition & Costs

Washburn University School of Law is a public law school that 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.

Following are estimated tuition and fees, books, room and board, and transportation costs to attend Washburn Law during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Tuition & Fees

  • The student activity fee is $55 per semester.
  • A typical course of study to obtain the J.D. degree is 90 hours over six semesters/three years.
  • First year of study consists of 29 hours (14 hours the first semester, 15 hours the second semester).
  • Residents of Colorado, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska are eligible for in-state tuition through the Interstate Tuition Waiver Program (ITWP).
  • Active duty and veteran military who have received an honorable discharge (shown on DD Form 214), their spouses, and dependents qualify for in-state tuition.

$23,287Full-time Kansas Residents and ITWP Participants
Resident tuition for 2020-2021 is $803 per credit hour.

$36,337Full-time Non-Kansas Resident/Non-ITWP Participant
Non-Kansas resident/Non-ITWP Participant tuition for 2020-2021 is $1,253 per credit hour.
Note: After 6 months you can qualify for in-state tuition by establishing residency.

The following amounts, books through transportation, are estimates provided by Washburn University Financial Aid Office.


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 in a good neighborhood is available for $500.00 to $700.00 per month. For additional information on housing see ABODO: Apartments in Topeka or Sunflower 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 2020-2021)

$41,327 - Estimated costs for full-time Kansas/Colorado/Missouri/Texas/Oklahoma/Nebraska resident (tuition, activity fee, books, room and board, personal, transportation).

$47,627 - Estimated costs for full-time non-Kansas/Colorado/Missouri/Texas/Oklahoma/Nebraska resident who begins in the fall semester but becomes a Kansas resident by the second semester (based on 29 hours required for first-year students). For more information see Residency Qualifications.

$54,377 - Estimated costs for full-time non-Kansas resident//non-ITWP Participant 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 (785) 670-1185. See also Financial Policies related to payments and refunds.

Loan Fees

Note that students who take advantage of loans will be responsible for the following fees in addition to the totals shown above:

  • $1,065 – Resident
  • $1,599 – Non-Resident

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Generous contributions from alumni and friends make it possible for Washburn Law to award more than $2.6 million of institutional scholarships annually. Nearly 60% of our entering students receive scholarships. Each year, approximately 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.

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Qualify for In-State Tuition
  • Current Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska residents can attend Washburn Law at resident tuition rates.
  • Residents of all other states can qualify for in-state tuition after only six months (e.g., 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).
  • Active duty and veteran military who have received an honorable discharge (shown on DD Form 214), their spouses, and dependents qualify for in-state tuition.
Payment Deadlines

See the Washburn University website for information.

Summer Tuition and Costs

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.

Paying for Law School

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) reviews options for paying for law school on their website. Topics covered include:

  • Determining eligibility
  • Applying for financial aid
  • Living on a budget
  • Repayment options