The University of Arkansas School of Law’s tuition and financial aid packages are designed to help make the cost of pursuing a law school education reasonable regardless of a student’s financial circumstances.
Fee and Cost Estimates
Educational expenses will vary according to a student’s course of study, personal needs, and place of residence. Student progress or general course of action in pursuit of higher education at the University of Arkansas is determined during the application and acceptance process. At the conclusion of the application and acceptance process, the progress or general course of action for each student will be assigned a category, called a career.
The career categories at the University of Arkansas — in order of magnitude by the cost of tuition per credit hour — are Agricultural & Food Law, Law, Graduate, and Undergraduate. Students concurrently enrolled in multiple careers will be assigned one primary career for all tuition billing purposes, called a billing career, based on the order of magnitude listed above. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for assigning the appropriate billing career. Base tuition is assessed per credit hour of enrollment unless otherwise specified. Students enrolled in Fayetteville campus courses, off-campus courses offered at the Rogers location, the online degree program of Agricultural & Food Law LL.M., or any combination of these concurrently with online classes are charged base tuition per billing career and program plus non-resident tuition as determined by the student’s residency status for tuition billing purposes. All fees, charges, and costs quoted in this catalog are subject to change without notice. A survey tool for tuition and fee estimation is available at the Treasurer's website.
Financial obligations to the University of Arkansas must be satisfied by the established deadlines. Payment may be made at the University Cashier’s Office in the Arkansas Union, Room 214, by cash, personal check, money order or certified check. E-check (electronic check) and credit/debit payments are made online on UAConnect. If you pay with a debit or credit card, there is a convenience fee charged of 1.8 percent.
Acceptance of payment for fees does not imply academic acceptance to the university.
Educational expenses for the J.D. program will vary according to each student’s course of study and personal needs. Financial obligations to the University of Arkansas must be satisfied by the established deadlines. Payment may be made at the cashier’s office in Room 214 of the Arkansas Union by cash, personal check, money order, certified check, or specified credit cards.
Summary of Costs for Incoming 2016-17 Law Students
Estimated Tuition and Fees per year
Costs are based on 30 credit hours per year
Costs are lower for students admitted before Fall 2016
|Fee||Resident Law Student||Non-resident Law Student||International Law Student|
|Network and Data Systems Fee||$314.40||$314.40||$314.40|
|Student Activity Fee||$79.20||$79.20||$79.20|
|School of Law||$535.50||$535.50||$535.50|
|International Student Service Fee||$180.00|
|International Student Health Insurance Fee||$1,8386.50*|
|TOTAL TUITION AND FEES||$15,702.90||$33,370.50||$35,386.50|
|Estimate for Books and Supplies||$1,046.00||$1,046.00||$1,046.00|
|Personal Expenses and Travel||$2,774.00||$2,774.00||$2,774.00|
International students are assessed a health insurance charge of $769 in the fall, and $1,067 for the combined spring & summer terms.
Up to an additional $300 may be assessed for each course carrying a Service Learning designation.
When paying tuition, room and board, and associated fees, anticipated financial aid for a current semester may be deducted when it is listed as anticipated aid on the student’s account. Students receiving financial aid are strongly encouraged to have sufficient personal funds available to purchase books and to meet necessary expenses for at least one month at the start of school as some aid funds may not be available for disbursement.
Distance Education Fees
Courses and exams taken online through the university's Global Campus or via an extension service incur an additional fee:
|Global Campus Fee||$30.00|
|Premium Online Proctored Exam "Take It Now" Fee||$8.75|
|Premium Online Proctored Exam "Take It Soon" Fee||$5.00|
Find out about costs of the Master of Laws program at the LL.M. page.
The Enrollment Services Graduation Fee for J.D. and LL.M. degrees is $90.
Living in University Housing costs are estimated to be $10,332.00 for the 2016-17 academic year. Cost of living off-campus in an apartment can vary greatly depending on type of accommodations, roommates, and other factors.
Academic Semesters and Summer Sessions
Students who officially withdraw (dropping ALL classes that have not been completed up to that time) from the University of Arkansas during the regular fall or spring semesters receive a cancellation of fees (see chart below), less an Administrative Withdrawal fee of $45. Students who officially withdraw from a summer session or who drop classes in the summer also receive a cancellation of fees (see chart below).
|Adjustment Percentage||If withdrawn|
|100%||before the first day of the semester/session|
|90%||through the first 10% of days in the semester/session|
|80%||through the second 10% of days in the semester/session|
|70%||through the third 10% of days in the semester/session|
|60%||through the fourth 10% of days in the semester/session|
|50%||through the fifth 10% of days in the semester/session|
|40%||through the sixth 10% of days in the semester/session|
Students who pre-register for a semester will be invoiced approximately six weeks prior to the first day of classes. The Treasurer’s Office will send out an email notification when the student invoices are available on UAConnect. Students should log into UAConnect, navigate to the Finances section of the Student Center, and click the ‘Student Invoice’ link located under the My Account section.
Students who register for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters are required to pay all charges by the posted payment deadline. Students who fail to pay all charges or who fail to execute an installment payment plan by the deadline may be assessed a late payment fee equal to the outstanding balance, not to exceed $50.00.
Any student with an outstanding balance, to include registration-related fees and/or housing charges, by the last payment deadline will be assessed an additional late payment fee equal to the outstanding balance, not to exceed $50.00.
The late fee will not be waived because an invoice was not received.
Disbursement of Refunds
Disbursement of refunds due to overpayments by scholarships, loans, and/or grants will begin approximately five (5) days prior to the start of classes.
The University of Arkansas has partnered with BankMobile, a financial services company focused solely on higher education, to deliver financial aid and other school refunds to the University of Arkansas students. Students should receive their welcome packet, in a bright green envelope, from BankMobile prior to the beginning of classes. Refund options include: direct deposit to your current bank account, a paper check sent via U.S. mail, or creating a checking account with BankMobile. For more information visit www.refundselection.com.
Students may create a check address, which will be used specifically for overpayment checks. This address may be created in addition to the local and permanent addresses. If a check address is not created, the default address will be the permanent address. The student may change their address on the ISIS Web site in the Student Center.
Students Called into Active Military Service
When a student or student’s spouse is activated for full-time military service and is required to cease attending the University of Arkansas without completing and receiving a grade in one or more courses, they shall receive compensation for the resulting monetary loss as provided by Fayetteville Policy 504.2. The student must cease attendance because 1) the student is activated or deployed by the military or 2) the student’s spouse is activated or deployed by the military and the student or student’s spouse has dependent children residing in the household.
To be eligible for the compensation, the student must provide, prior to activation or deployment for military service, an original or official copy of the military activation or deployment orders to the university's Veterans Resource and Information Center. A student whose spouse is a service member shall provide proof of registration with the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) of the Department of the Defense that establishes that dependent children reside in the household of the student and the service member.
Upon leaving the University of Arkansas because of active duty or deployment, the student may choose one of three compensatory options. The student may officially withdraw and receive full adjustment and refund of tuition and non-consumable fees for the term involved; the student can remain enrolled and arrange for a mark of “Incomplete” for each class and finish the courses 12 months after deactivation; or the student may receive free tuition and fees for one semester after deactivation. For more detailed information, read Fayetteville Policy 504.2.