Tuition and costs

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Tuition and Costs

With our tuition guarantee, you won't have to worry about finding more money for tuition every year at ASL.

Appalachian School of Law is pleased to announce that our Board of Trustees is responding to the national conversation on student debt: 

For the 2015-16 academic year, ASL will provide a $5,000 tuition refund to all enrolled students in good standing.  Every 1L student with no more than 6 credit hours of NP's, and every 2L and 3L in Good Standing will receive a check for $2,500 on February 1, 2016.    The second installment of $2,500 will be issued on June 1, 2016 to every second semester 1L, every 2L and 3L students who are in Good Standing.  

Appalachian School of Law has held its tuition fees lower than the national average.  The Board of Trustees has determined that this $5,000 tuition refund will help offset the cost of pursuing a Juris Doctorate degree.

Tuition is guaranteed to remain at the same level for the duration of your continuous attendance at ASL as when you begin your studies. Your tuition will change only if there is a disruption in your enrollment or you drop from full-time to part-time status.

Appalachian School of Law creates a student budget (also known as “cost of attendance”) for each academic year. The student budget consists of direct costs (i.e., tuition and fees) and indirect costs (i.e., housing, food, transportation, and personal). Allowances are provided to assist in meeting educational costs and are not intended to cover individual expenses which vary greatly depending upon personal lifestyle.

ASL’s “roommate budget” below assumes that students have a roommate, have minimal transportation expenses and limit spending on food. Those whose personal situations are such that they are unable to rely on the roommate budget may request additional loan assistance up to the amount of the standard "Full Individual" budget (an additional allocation of up to $5,600) for the academic year , by emailing a request to

ASL realizes that law school is an investment, so we try to help minimize the effects of over borrowing the best we can by offering financial advice and multiple budgets.

Contact David Brookshire, Financial Aid Officer, at for more information about direct or indirect costs.

Cost of Attendance for First-Year Students, 2014-2015: Roommate Budget

Direct Expenses: Tuition $31,000
Activity Fee $325
Externship Fee $200
Total, Direct $31,525
Indirect Expenses: Books and Supplies $1,500
Housing $3,150
Utilities $1,750
Food $2,250
Transportation $1,250
Personal & Misc. $1,350
Summer Externship Must Request
Loan Fees $****
Total Indirect $11,250
Total Cost of Attendance $42,775









**** Amount of Loan Origination Fees are determined by amount of student loans used to cover your Cost of Attendance

There is also up to $1,500 available for a one-time documented rental or purchase of a computer that can be added to the COA. The computer allowance includes the Computer, MS Office or similar software program and an extended warranty to cover period of enrollment up to expected date of graduation. The date of the rental or purchase must be after July 1st, 2015. The documentation for funding must be a receipt of purchase.

Federal regulations dictate that the student COA cover only expenses incurred during enrollment periods and include only education-related expenses. Items that regulations exclude from the COA are:

  • car lease or purchase
  • car repair
  • car insurance
  • moving expenses
  • expenses incurred outside of the student's actual period of enrollment
  • financial support of a spouse or partner
  • interview and/or professional wardrobe
  • consumer credit-card debt

In special circumstances, students may be permitted to receive an increase in their COA. Please visit the Financial Aid Office or click here for additional information.

Tuition and fees for each semester are due no later than the first day of classes. Students who will not pay their tuition and fees in full by the due date must have finalized satisfactory arrangements to receive financial aid.