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Phone: (812) 856-0221
E-mail: lgradadm [at] indiana [dot] edu

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LLM, MCL, SJD, PhD

Financial Information

We recognize the financial burden that completing a US law program can create. Because of our low tuition rates and the very affordable cost of living in our wonderful city of Bloomington,
at Indiana Law you get a top-tier law program without the top-tier cost.

Using Indiana Law and other top-tier US law schools as the example, it is very clear that we not only offer a degree that will be globally recognized and respected by employers and other universities alike, but we do so at the lowest cost:


  • Indiana Law total estimated LLM program cost: $57,140* (non-resident rates)
    * Includes tuition, fees, room & board, health insurance, and other fees.
  • Even with large scholarships from other programs, Indiana Law is often less expensive.
  • All applications received by Feb. 1st are automatically considered for scholarships.


Program Cost Details

Graduate Degree Programs Entering Law Budget for 2014-2015 (non-resident) (from the website for the Office of the Bursar, Tuition and Fee Rates)
  LLM MCL SJD PhD--Law & Democracy
Tuition and Mandatory Fees $ 41,077
($1,657
per credit)
$34,478 ($1,657 per credit) $51,021 ($1,657 per credit)

$32,919 ($1,054 per credit)

Room and Board* $11,950 $11,950 $11,950 $11,950
Health Insurance $1,305 $1,305 $1,305 $1,305
Miscellaneous Expenses $2,808 $2,808 $2,808 $2,808
Total for 12 months $57,140 $50,541 $67,084** $48,982**

Fees are subject to change. See the website of the Office of the Bursar for the current rates.

* Off-campus shared apartment.
**Estimate covers first year of program only and is based on enrollment in 30 credit hours over two semesters.


Financial Documentation Requirement

Financial documentation is only required of admitted international applicants and is not a factor in admissions decisions. You can learn more about financial documentation on the website for the Office of International Services. U.S. immigration regulations require applicants to demonstrate that they will have sufficient funds to cover expenses for a 12-month period. Proof of funds usually includes bank statements or scholarship letters. Funds should be liquid. All documents should be current; documents older than one year from the time of the student’s intended enrollment cannot be accepted. To avoid delays in receiving the supporting documents for your visa (I-20 or DS-2019), we recommend that you submit the financial documentation immediately after you are admitted.

  • Once you have been admitted, you will be sent an admission email which will contain your IU student identification number. Once you have a student ID, you should:
    • Log into iStart, which will be explained in your admission letter
    • On left navigation bar, click “Admission”
    • When menu drops down, click “Graduate Application Checklist”
    • In the center of the page under “ITEMS REQUIRED FOR VISA DOCUMENT," click “Financial Documentation: Graduate Applicant”
    • Fill out form appropriately then click “Submit Request."

Financial Aid and Scholarships

All applicants are automatically considered for fellowships and scholarships; past scholarships have ranged from 5% to 40% of tuition costs. We make every effort to support and to provide resources for our applicants. The following third-party funding sources may also provide options for Indiana Law graduate students:

Domestic Student Financial Assistance

To qualify for federal student aid, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States (i.e. US permanent resident).
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible program as a degree seeking student
  • Have repaid any financial aid for which you were not eligible.
  • Have made satisfactory arrangements to pay off any defaulted student loan.

Contact our Director of Financial Aid for questions about aid for domestic students.

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