Apr 18, 2024  
2018-2020 LSU Law Catalog 
2018-2020 LSU Law Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition, Fees and Expenses, Financial Aid and Law Center Scholarships and Awards


Tuition, Fees and Expenses

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $50 must accompany the application for admission.

The Law Center does offer a limited number of application fee waivers on a yearly basis. Students should contact the Office of Admissions to request an application fee waiver.

The application fee for transfer, non-matriculating, re-entry, summer only and audit only applicants is $50.

Seat Deposit Fee

A seat deposit fee of $500 must accompany each applicant’s notice of intent to enroll in the Law Center. This fee will be applied toward the regular fees for those applicants who do enroll, but will not be refunded if an applicant does not enroll.

Additional Fees for Law Students

Law Center students pay fees according to the tuition and fee schedules posted on the web.

In addition, student allocations include the following fees: parking and safety services, student recreational sports complex, auxiliary enterprise and student services maintenance funds, student media, LSU Union and sports fees.

All full-time students are required to pay a Student Health Center fee each semester. This fee entitles the student to use the Student Health Center. No charge is made to visit a primary care physician, but minimum charges are assessed for specialty clinics and treatments, pharmaceuticals, X-rays, and laboratory work. Students who use the mental health services are allowed three prepaid visits, and thereafter are charged according to a sliding fee scale.

Part-time students and non-student spouses have the option of paying this fee, either at registration or later, which entitles them to the same services as full-time students for the entire semester, or paying a per-visit charge, which includes a follow-up visit for the same condition. Please contact the Student Health Center for additional information.

Student Technology Fee—$5 per credit hour per semester.

Motor Vehicle Registration Fee—All students (full-time, part-time, nights, and auditors) who operate or expect to operate a motor vehicle on campus regularly or occasionally are required to register the vehicle with the Office of Parking, Traffic, and Transportation.

International Cultural Center Fee—$10 per semester assessed to each non-immigrant student to support the programs, operations, and maintenance of the Center.

Late Registration Service Charge—$75 for students completing registration after the payment due date for registration in any semester.

Trial Advocacy Course Materials Fee—$25 assessed to your fee bill for the fall semester prior to graduation.

Diploma Fee—$40 if you are a graduating third-year student and indicate via Records that you plan to graduate at the end of the upcoming term, this fee will automatically be assessed.

If you pay the diploma fee, and decide not to graduate, you will receive a full credit for the fee provided you indicate this via myLSU or by contacting the Office of Admissions and Student Records by the final date to receive full credit for the diploma order.

If you do not inform the University by the deadline that you are not graduating, you will have the difference between the diploma fee and duplicate diploma fee ($20) credited to your account. The next time you indicate that you are going to graduate, you will be assessed the full diploma fee.

Duplicate Diploma Fee—$20 (charged if a diploma is ordered and the student does not graduate at that commencement).

Replacement Diploma Fee—$30.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

All fees and other University charges are due prior to the beginning of the semester or summer semester. The Office of Bursar Operations will notify students, via email, when fee bills are available online via myLSU. Payment can be made via myLSU using an online check/bank draft or a credit card, or in person at the Office of Bursar Operations, 125 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, using cash, check, or money order. A printable version of the fee bill is available online, including a remittance form that can be mailed with any payment due to the Office of Bursar Operations. The fee payment by mail should be made ten days prior to the due date that is published during course scheduling. If your fee bill balance is $0, you are still required to complete registration by selecting the Complete Registration button from the “Fee Bill” application via myLSU.

Students in good financial standing with the University may elect to defer payment of one-half of the fees using myLSU. Information is also available concerning budget plans designed for parents/ students who wish to pay fall and spring fees on a monthly basis (including room and cafeteria fees).

Note: Since the Law Center academic calendar differs from that of the Baton Rouge campus, law students may have to pay extra fees to stay in University residence halls during the spring break.

Students who have not completed their registration by the payment due date are subject to having their courses purged. In addition the student must pay a $75 late registration service charge when subsequently registering.

Refund of Tuition and Fees

A student who receives financial aid and subsequently resigns from the University, may be required to return all or part of the funds received to the financial aid program.

These funds are returned to the programs in the following order: Federal Family Education Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and scholarships. Refund of tuition, nonresident fee, and/or mandatory fees for students will be made on the following basis upon official withdrawal of the student. “Days of classes” are days on which regular classes are scheduled before classes begin, 100 percent; during the first 6 days of classes (first three days in summer semester), 90 percent; from day 7 through day 24 of classes (day 4 through day 12 in summer semester), 50 percent; from day 25 of classes (day 13 in summer semester) to the end of the semester, none.

Refund schedules are established each semester by the Office of Admissions and Student Records and may be obtained from that office. Information regarding refunds for the Summer in France Program is available in the Office of Admissions and Student Records.

Please note:

  1. Reductions and increases of fees resulting from student schedule changes will be refunded or charged in accordance with the above schedule.
  2. The $10 registration fee is not refundable.
  3. No refunds for resignations will be processed for at least six weeks after registration.
  4. No refunds will be made to anyone who owes the University. Student-initiated resignations will not be completed until all money owed to the University is paid.
  5. All full-time students who become part-time students after the last day to receive refunds will continue to be eligible for all student activity privileges.
  6. Students in good standing at the University, registered in any semester or summer semester, who volunteer for military service or who are called to active duty in the armed forces before the day mid-semester examinations begin will have the University fee, nonresident fee, and Student Health Center fee refunded. Students in good standing at the University who volunteer for military service, or who are called to active duty in the armed services after mid-semester examinations begin will be refunded 50 percent of the University fee, nonresident fee, and Student Health Center fee. Information pertaining to refund of room rent and board plan refunds can be obtained from the Department of Residential Life, 100 Grace King Hall and Residence Food Services.

Financial Obligation to the University

A student will be subject to being dropped from the Law Center as a result of failure to pay fees and/or other charges when due or when a check offered by the student in satisfaction of an obligation to the University is not honored by the bank on which it was drawn. Due notice of the delinquency shall be given to the student by the Office of Bursar Operations; there will be an insufficient funds charge of $25 per check. All transcripts and grades will be withheld, and an application for readmission will not be considered, until full payment is made.

Tuition and Fee Schedules

Current Tuition and Fee Schedules may be found on the LSU Law Center website: https://www.law.lsu.edu/admissions/tuitionfees/. Tuition and fees may be adjusted by the Board of Supervisors, in accordance with the Legislative authority, without advance notice.

Financial Aid and Law Center Scholarships and Awards

Financial Aid

Office of Enrollment Management

Pleasant Hall 578-3103

The Office of Enrollment Management administers a number of federally funded financial aid programs to help students finance their education. All programs are subject to regulations authorized by the U.S. Department of Education, as well as University policies consistent with these federal regulations.

Among the loan programs available to law students are the unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Graduate PLUS loan, and alternative loans for law school students who may not meet the financial eligibility requirements of the federally sponsored programs.

To apply for federal loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year after October 1. In order to receive any assistance under these programs, you must be making satisfactory academic progress. (see www.lsu.edu/sap)

It is most important for you to complete the financial aid application process early enough each year so that the amount of aid you have been awarded will appear on your fee bill as an anticipated financial credit. Otherwise, you will be responsible for the payment of your fees when you receive your bill. If payment is not received by the deadline indicated on your bill, your courses will be purged, and you will be required to pay the $75 late registration service charge. Duplication of your original course schedule is not guaranteed if courses are purged for nonpayment.

For additional information, visit or call the Office of Enrollment Management, Pleasant Hall, 225-578-3103, or visit the website: www.lsu.edu/financialaid.

Special Notice to Financial Aid Recipients

All Stafford and Graduate PLUS loans will be processed through the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. These funds are electronically transmitted to the University to be credited directly to your student account.

For all financial aid programs, however, you must have accepted the award(s), enroll for at least half time status, complete entrance counseling, and sign Master Promissory Note(s). Adjustments to credited amounts will be made based on your enrollment status after the last day to add classes

Special Notice to LSU Scholarship Recipients

LSU Board of Supervisors Scholarships, Tuition Waivers, and Fee Exemptions will be applied directly to your student account provided you meet the specific program requirements. These programs will appear on your fee bill each semester as a credit provided you have scheduled the number of hours required by the scholarship. Scholarship programs which include cash awards will be disbursed after classes begin.

Refunds of overpayments will automatically be mailed to the student’s billing address at the time statements are prepared if the overpayment exceeds $10. Overpayments of less than $10 will be retained in the account and applied against future charges unless a refund is specifically requested by the student.

Disbursement of Financial Aid Balance

Students receiving total financial aid funds greater than the amount owed to the University will receive the balance either through direct deposit to their checking account (you may sign up for this option through myLSU) or by check. Financial aid balance checks will be mailed beginning on or about the first week of classes. These balance checks will be mailed to your local mailing address, or if none exists, to your home address. (Note: Mail is not delivered to on-campus residential housing, however, you may rent a Post Office Box located in the LSU Union). It is most important to keep your address current with the Office of Enrollment Management or via myLSU for this and other University purposes.

Students depending on their financial aid award to cover book costs may contact the Office of Enrollment Management for an Emergency Loan if you have not received your financial aid balance check once classes begin.

Financial Aid and Resignations

Students resigning from the University without completing 60 percent of the enrollment period will be required to return part or all of the federal financial aid they received. This provision also applies to students who “unofficially withdraw” or stop attending classes. Students for whom proof of attendance cannot be established for at least 60 percent of the enrollment period will have charges placed on their student accounts for the appropriate amounts. The 60 percent completion point is calculated by applying the percentage to the number of days in the enrollment period (excluding scheduled breaks of five or more days). Federal financial aid recipients officially resigning from the University may be entitled to a partial refund of tuition and certain fees based on the date of resignation.

For additional information, please visit the Office of Enrollment Management in Room Pleasant Hall, or call that office, 578-3103.

Law Center Scholarships and Awards

A number of scholarships and awards are available for incoming law students. Admitted applicants are automatically considered for scholarship assistance.

For students who have completed at least one year of law school work, announcements of available endowed and private scholarships are posted during the summer with the deadline for applications. The scholarship application is valid for one academic year, and students will be considered for all available scholarships for both fall and spring semesters.

Endowed scholarships are funded in amounts available from the earnings on the corpus.

For additional information concerning scholarships and awards, visit www.law.lsu.edu.