Tuition, Fees, & Expenses

Southern University Law Center offers an affordable, quality legal education in comparison with other law schools. The cost of attendance is outlined below.


When estimating your total cost of attendance, living allowances, books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses should be considered in addition to tuition and fees.

Each student is expected to obtain his or her own casebooks and other course materials. The approximate cost of required materials for a law student will range from $1,400 per year for a part-time student up to $1,800 per year for a full-time student.

It is recommended that students inquire about recent changes in course offerings to ensure proper selection of textbooks and other course and study materials before purchasing books and supplies. The cost of living for a single independent student living off campus is estimated to be approximately $9,000 per semester. While lifestyles vary, this cost estimate includes relevant expenses for housing, food, transportation, and other incidental expenses.

Refunds for Matriculating Students

Student refunds are processed and distributed by the Finance Department. You will be notified via your SULC e-mail when your refund will be available for distribution. Refunds will be initially distributed within 7 days after the first day of class.


Limited dormitory accommodations are available for law students on the Southern University campus. Since there are no designated dormitories for law students, the Housing office assigns law students to dormitories housing seniors and other mature students. Dormitory rooms are designed to accommodate two students per room. All students desiring to live in campus housing are required to submit an application to the Housing office, in addition to a security deposit of $150.

Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of classification. Interested students should contact the Director of Housing for more information (225) 771-3590 or 1-800-432-5899.

Students who elect to live off-campus can find suitable living accommodations in apartments and houses located throughout the city of Baton Rouge.

Meal Plans

Students living on campus in university dormitories are required to purchase a meal card. The University offers a seven-day meal plan.

A meal plan specifically designed for students who live off campus is also available. Under this plan, meal cards may be purchased on a prorated basis. Students who desire to participate in a meal plan should contact Campus Dining (225) 771-2363.

Health Care

The University maintains a Student Health Center staffed by three physicians, three registered nurses, and four LPNs. The Health Center provides health care for noncritical illnesses and injuries during the academic year, but not during vacation or holiday periods. Hours are from 8 a.m. to midnight Monday- Friday (schedule subject to change).

The University provides a student accident and health insurance plan for students attending school on a full-time and part-time basis. The plan offers 24-hour coverage for accidents and illnesses occurring during each semester. The premium for this coverage must be paid by the student.

Information concerning the student accident and health insurance plan may be obtained by contacting the Student Health Center (225) 771-4770 or the Office of Student Affairs (225) 771-3922.

Automobile Registration and Parking

Motor vehicles (including motorcycles) operated by Law Center students on the Southern University Baton Rouge Campus must be registered. The University requires all students to register their vehicles, regardless of ownership. The student vehicle registration fee is $45 for the academic year.

Parking spaces are available for law students in parking areas west of the Law Center and also on the east and west side of the A.W. Mumford Stadium. Vehicles illegally parked will be removed by Campus Police at the owner’s expense.

Refund of Tuition & Fees When Students Withdraw

Academic fees are refunded as follows:

  1. The General Fee, which includes student-assessed fees and nonresident fees, is refundable in accordance with the following schedule when a student resigns from the Law Center after completing the registration process:

    1. before classes begin, 90 percent;

    2. during the first 17 days of classes (first seven days in summer session), 75 percent;

    3. from the 18th through the 24th day of classes (eighth day through the 12th day in summer session), 50 percent;

    4. from the 25th day of classes (13th day in summer session) to the end of the semester,

  2. Student insurance, parking fees, breakage fees, late registration fees, student ID fees, and the technology fee are non-refundable.

  3. Military Servce: Students being activated or mobilized for military duty have the opportunity to withdraw without academic prejudice or financial obligations. Students unable to complete sufficient or satisfactory coursework to earn academic credit may withdraw in writing from coursework with a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees.

Financial aid (Title IV) recipients will be subject to the Federal Return of Title IV Funds process. Students who have completed enough of the term to receive academic credit and satisfactory grades, as approved by the instructor, may choose to receive grades rather than withdrawing. In this case, the student would not receive a refund of tuition and fees.

Exception to Policy Based on Mitigating Circumstances

Any exception to this policy based on mitigating circumstances, such as an accident or other extreme occurrences, must have approval of the Chancellor.