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STCL Houston has consistently been ranked among the best values in the country for a private law school. Access and affordability are built into our mission.

Cost of Attendance

Knowing your cost of attendance, the date your financial aid will be disbursed, and tuition details will help you budget and better plan the financing of your education.

The cost of attendance components include:

  • tuition
  • fees
  • books
  • room & board
  • personal/miscellaneous expenses
  • transportation

They are based on average costs for an academic year. The Office of Student Services takes the cost of attendance into consideration, along with your financial need, when awarding scholarships, work-study, and loans. The combination of any federal, state, and institutional aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

You may view your individual student budget on your Financial Aid Self-service Portal within STANLEY.

Fall/SpringPer SemesterFall/SpringPer Semester
9 MonthsFall 4/Spring 5 Months9 MonthsFall 4/Spring 5 Months
Tuition & Fees $ 42,520$ 21,260$ 28,680$ 14,340
Books $ 2,910$ 1,455$ 2,182$ 1,091
Room & Board$ 21,206$ 10,603$ 21,206$ 10,603
Misc./Personal$ 3,290$ 1,645$ 3,290$ 1,645
Transportation $ 3,444$ 1,722$ 3,444$ 1,722
Loan Fees$ 1,650$ 825$ 1,650$ 825
Total $75,020 $37,510$60,452$30,226

Tuition Rate: $1,384/hour + $500 fee

*Full-Time is based on 30 credit hours plus fees

Fall/SpringPer SemesterFall/SpringPer Semester
9 MonthsFall 4/Spring 5 Months9 MonthsFall 4/Spring 5 Months
Tuition & Fees $ 41,110$ 20,555$ 27,740$ 13,870
Books $ 2,936$ 1,468 $ 2,202$ 1,101
Room & Board $ 20,592$ 10,296$ 20,592$ 10,296
Misc./Personal$ 3,196$ 1,598$ 3,196$ 1,598
Transportation $ 3,280$ 1,640$ 3,280$ 1,640
Loan Fees$ 1,650$ 825$ 1,650$ 825
Total $72,764 $36,382$58,660$29,330

Tuition Rate: $1,337/hour + $500 fee

*Full-Time is based on 30 credit hours plus fees

Summer 2023
3-5 Credit Hours 6-9 Credit Hours
Tuition & Fees *Tuition Rate*Tuition Rate
Books $ 296$ 555
Room & Board $ 4,926$ 4,926
Misc./Personal$ 1,203$ 1,203
Transportation $ 1,398$ 1,398
Loan Fees $ 350 $ 350
Total **Tuition & Fees* + $8,173**Tuition & Fees* + $8,432

*Tuition Rate: $1,240/hour + $350 fee

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is charged based on flat rates, dependent upon your status as a full-time or part-time student; during the summer session tuition is determined based on the number of hours taken.

Fall 2023 & Spring 2024 Tuition Rates:

  • Full-Time (12-16 hours): $ 20,555 Flat Rate
  • Part-Time (less than 12 hours): $ 13,870 Flat Rate
  • Reduced Rate (maximum of 6 hours): $ 8,022 Flat Rate
    •  Reduced Rate: Is only offered to re-enrollees who have extenuating circumstances and are unable to take a standard-part-time load. A maximum of 25 students per semester will be allowed under this structure and must have prior approval for the reduced part-time rate from the Registrar.
  • Hours taken in excess of 16 or in summer: $ 1,337 per hour
    • Fees are mandatory and non-refundable: $500 per semester
Full PaymentDeferred Payment at Registration
Full-Time$ 20,055.00$ 500.00$ 20,555.00$ 10,028.00$ 500.00$ 10,528.00
Part-Time$ 13,370.00$ 500.00$ 13,870.00$ 6,685.00$ 500.00$ 7,185.00
*Reduced$ 8,022.00$ 500.00$ 8,522.00$4,011.00$ 500.00$ 4,511.00

The full payment of tuition and fees is due by the published due dates, located on the Important Dates calendar, unless the deferred tuition payment option is utilized. Details of this program are provided below:

  • Deferred Tuition Payment Option
    • 50% of tuition and a $500 mandatory non-refundable registration and general services fee must be paid by the published due dates, located on the Important Dates calendar.
    • Financial aid recipients will be deemed to have met this requirement if they have accepted aid in the form of unsubsidized loans, approved GRAD Plus loans, TEG, or institutional scholarships in amounts sufficient to meet the:
      • 50% tuition and $500 fee requirement. Any shortfall must be paid in full. To determine if you are ineligible for this option, select View Holds from the Student Account Menu.
  • The college does not provide invoices. You may access your account information online via STANLEY.
  •  A $25.00 fee will be charged for each returned check. If a check given for registration is returned for any reason, other than stop payment, registration will be cancelled.

Visiting and Audit Status

  • Students enrolled as visiting students or auditors pay in full at the time of registration the non-refundable registration and general services fee of $500 plus tuition of $1,337 per credit hour.

Graduating Students

  • Students requiring seven (7) or fewer hours to graduate will be charged tuition on the above hourly basis, plus fees.


Disbursements Q & A

A disbursement occurs when the Financial Aid Office credits your financial aid to your student account.

You will receive a refund if your financial aid is greater than your tuition and fees.  Refunds are processed through the Accounting Services Office within 14 days of the disbursement date.

Yes, the Financial Aid Office will email you when we have disbursed your student loans to your student account.  If you should choose not to accept all of the loan funds at the time of disbursement, please email the Financial Aid Office at studentservices@stcl.edu

You may submit a Loan Modification Request Form to modify your loan amount. A separate form must be submitted for each loan modification. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.

If you drop all of your classes before the end of the add/drop period, the Financial Aid Office must return all of your loan funds to the U.S. Department of Education.  If you received a refund, you must return it to the Accounting Services Office.

If you change your enrollment status from part-time to full-time, you must email the Financial Aid Office at studentservices@stcl.edu if you wish to increase your student loans to cover your additional costs. Your loan amount will not automatically be increased.

If you change your enrollment status from full-time to part-time after you receive your refund, the Financial Aid Office will recalculate your financial aid eligibility. As a result, you may need to return a portion of the refund that you received.  It is advisable to see a Financial Aid Counselor before changing your enrollment status from full-time to part-time.

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