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Costs and Financial Aid

Costs and Research Assistant Positions

Tuition costs and costs of living at Iowa are significantly lower than at some peer institutions, please refer to tuition rates and estimated costs (click on “International” if appropriate) for complete information.  The costs estimate for SJD students is based on 18 credits for the first year in residence.  SJD students who have not earned an LLM will have to take a total of 24 credits.  For these costs, see the tuition costs for the LLM degree.  Once the student has been promoted to SJD candidacy, the costs for each subsequent fall or spring semester will be the tuition and fees for only two credits at the applicable SJD rates for that semester.

Note that the tuition charts show a reduced tuition rate for SJD students employed as quarter-time research assistants (150 hours per semester).  Research Assistant positions are the main form of financial aid Iowa Law provides for the SJD program.  In addition to the reduced tuition, research assistants earn modest wages and enjoy reduced rates on health insurance.  To apply for research assistantships, indicate on your SJD application that you wish to be considered for financial aid, and make sure to fill out the application entitled, "Financial Statement for International Students."

Financial Aid

Under current federal regulations, only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal student loans.  Applicants who are not eligible for federal student loans may qualify for private loan programs. 

We encourage you to look aggressively for funding elsewhere.  International students should consider applying for such US programs as Fulbright; the Muskie Program for countries of the former Soviet Union or the Ron Brown Fellowships for Eastern Europe; as well as pursuing funding possibilities within their own countries, with international bodies, and with private foundations like Ford, Soros, Rotary International, the Asia Foundation, and the American Association of University Women.