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Washington and Lee University    
 
    
 
  Sep 26, 2017
 
2014-2015 School of Law Catalog archived

Admission, Expenses and Financial Aid


Information regarding admission requirements, scholarship grants and loans may be found on the Law School's website at law.wlu.edu/admissions/.

Students who have completed two semesters of work in other approved law schools with excellent academic records may be admitted with up to 32 hours of credit for such work.

Tuition for 2014-15 is $22,220.00 per semester for J.D. and LL.M. students. Student fees, including a technology fee of $150, total $578.50 per semester. Living accommodations are available off-campus. Dining is available on-campus at several locations. The Legal Flex Plan is designed to provide law students with a convenient means of purchasing meals at all locations on campus. The cost is approximately $300 per semester.

If a student withdraws before the first day of classes of a semester, the full amount of the Comprehensive Tuition Fee then paid by or for the account of the student from private resources (as opposed to payments from federal or state or University financial aid programs, including the Federal Direct Loan program), will be refunded, less the advance deposit required of each new applicant or academic transfer ($1,500).

If a student withdraws during the first week of classes of a semester and gives written notice of withdrawal, the student's account will be credited with 100% of the Comprehensive Tuition Fee.

If a student withdraws during the second week of classes of a semester and gives written notice of withdrawal, the student's account will be credited with 80% of the Comprehensive Tuition Fee.

If a student withdraws during the third week of classes of a semester and gives written notice of withdrawal, the student's account will be credited with 60% of the Comprehensive Tuition Fee.

If a student withdraws during the fourth week of classes of a semester and gives written notice of withdrawal, the student's account will be credited with 40% of the Comprehensive Tuition Fee.

If a student withdraws during the fifth week of classes of a semester and gives written notice of withdrawal, the student's account will be credited with 20% of the Comprehensive Tuition Fee.

If no financial aid is involved, (including Federal Direct Loans), the amount of the credit will be refunded, taking into account amounts then paid. Contact the Business Office in such cases to determine the amount, if any, of refund. If financial aid is involved, refunded amounts will be prorated in accordance with charges paid by financial aid funds and returned to the appropriate financial aid programs. Where federal financial aid programs are involved, the prescribed order of refund is Unsubsidized Stafford Student Loan, Perkins Loan, Grad PLUS Loan, other Title IV programs, and then the student. Federal regulations govern this policy. When institutional or non-federal funds must be returned to the respective programs, the order may be governed by program regulations, with gift assistance preceding loan assistance. If cash disbursement of financial aid funds has been made to the student, the Financial Aid Office will calculate what portion of the cash disbursement, if any, must be returned to the financial aid programs. Students who are withdrawing from the University must contact the Financial Aid Office for an assessment of their refund/repayment status. If a student withdraws after five weeks of classes in a semester, either voluntarily or involuntarily, the Comprehensive Tuition Fee is NOT REFUNDABLE. The student activities fee, the Student Bar Association fee and the acceptance deposit are not refundable. All refunds of the Comprehensive Tuition Fee will be subject to federal regulations regarding institutional refund policies.

The School of Law reserves the right to change any fees at any time.

Students are notified through their W&L email that billing statements are available on the Generals Payment System ("GPS").  GPS is an electronic system that allows students and parents/guardians to view bills and make payments online.  The initial billing for the first 12-week term is released around July 15.  Billing for the second 12-week term is released around November 15.  It is the responsibility of the student to review the GPS the 15th of every month for any miscellaneous charges from the previous month that might have been posted and should be paid.  To enable parents or guardians to receive the email notification, students must establish parents or guardians as "authorized payers" on GPS.  Authorized payers can logon to GPS to view bills and make payments.  The University does not mail paper billing statements.

The University may withhold transcripts, withhold the issuance of a diploma to graduating students or drop a student from the official rolls. In addition, late-pay charges may be levied on past-due amounts and registration or matriculation denied for an upcoming academic term or year. Returning students with unpaid financial obligations will not be allowed to matriculate until all financial obligations are satisfied. If a returning student has unpaid financial obligations from a previous academic year, federal loans may not be processed until that unpaid financial obligation is satisfied.  Students with records of late payments may be denied permission to enroll for subsequent terms or semesters, and may have their class schedules withheld, until they pay in full in advance for subsequent terms or semesters. Requests for transcripts from former students will not be honored until all amounts owed the University are paid, including University and National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) Perkins payments in accordance with the terms of loan agreements.