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Your Financial Aid & Tuition Questions Answered

Seattle University School of Law recently organized an informative webinar that focused on a topic of high priority to many students: tuition and financial aid. In this engaging session, Kelli Rodriguez Currie and Lynette Splinter, Director of Student Financial Services, provided valuable insights and advice. Attendees gained a better understanding of the complexities surrounding tuition fees and financial assistance programs, empowering them to navigate this important aspect of their education more effectively.

An Individualized Experience

In our student financial services office, we work exclusively with law students enrolled in our programs. This smaller group allows us to create a more personalized experience for students. Within this tight-knit community, we take the time to truly get to know each individual. 

Here are some of the basics: office hours are from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. To accommodate those with busy schedules, we also offer late appointments by request on Mondays and Thursdays, from 4:30 to 6 PM. Whether you prefer a Zoom or phone appointment, or if you happen to be in the vicinity and prefer an in-person meeting, simply reach out to our office via phone or email to discuss your options and arrange a suitable appointment time. We are here to assist you every step of the way.

The Basic Cost Breakdown

One of the basic questions any student has about any form of advanced education is, “what does it cost?” Our Master of Legal Studies program tuition breakdown is:

  • 30 credits
  • $1,399 per credit for the 2023-2024 academic year
  • Added fees including books, wellness, and matriculation

Essentially, these are your direct costs, which amount to just under $15,000 for the 2023-2024 academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). Students will be billed simply the tuition and fees. But there are a few more indirect costs that students may want to consider. Maybe you don’t need to take out a loan for tuition, and as an online student, you won’t have to pay for on-campus housing or meals, but what about books? 

Here’s a tip: calculate your direct costs, and then calculate the additional expenses necessary to make your education a little easier (like childcare or books). For more detailed, personalized, and informative advice, just ask Kelli. As an SU alumna who went through the same process, she is well-equipped to tell you everything you need to know and guide you along your journey.

Scholarships, Aid, and More

If you’re wondering how on earth you will be able to make this work, don’t worry. Remember, applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships by doing nothing more than completing the scholarship statement and pressing “submit.” If you are admitted to SU, your admission letter will outline the scholarship amounts that you were awarded. 

Then, there are three types of student loans:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS
  • Private Educational Loans

When you apply and fill out your FAFSA form, you are applying for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. If you are eligible and meet the criteria, this loan is guaranteed. Repayment begins 6 months after graduation. Next, the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS is an option if you need to take out additional loans beyond the Stafford Loan. 

Lastly, there are a myriad of Private Educational Loans. We strongly recommend that you do some research, compare and contrast, and find what works best for you. For more information on all types of loans, see


More Options for Financing Your Education

Many applicants are employed throughout the duration of their education; be sure to ask your employer about potential tuition remission programs available in your workplace. And if you’re a veteran or active member of the military, contact the registrar’s office. SU participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and works with all VA benefit programs. 

We know that this is a lot to take in –– that’s why Lynette and her team are here. We try our best to meet your needs and surpass your expectations. Remember, we firmly believe that the only bad question is the one you don’t ask. Ready to get started? Contact us today. 


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