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Costs & Financial Assistance

Queen’s University and the Faculty of Law are committed to the goal of ensuring a legal education remains financially affordable to qualified students. Each year approximately $4.8 million in total financial assistance is granted to Queen’s Law students.  Queen's Student Awards Site for Faculty of Law Students

Determine Your Budget

2015-16 Tuition Fees, Ancillary Fees & Living Expenses
Tuition Fees & Ancillary Fees

New Incoming Domestic Students

  1. First-year
  2. Common Law/Civil Law combined program
  3. Upper-year: Transfer, Letter of Permission and NCA
$17,524
Ancillary Fees (Student Activity Fee, Student Assistance Levy) $1,170
Total  $18,693

Other Expenses

Please note that to some extent, the amount it costs to attend Queen’s will depend on the choices you make. See the chart for guidelines for the living costs you might incur for the academic year from September 2015 through April 2016, which can also be found on the Student Awards Website. The ranges provided under living expenses reflect personal lifestyle decisions.

Books and Supplies
(if leasing a computer from Queen's, you should
budget an additional $1,000-$1,500 per year)
$1,850
Living Expenses  
Rent/Utilities $4,420 - $7,100
Food $2,000
Personal Expenses (Telephone, Clothing/Laundry/Recreation etc.) $1,580 - $2,380
Local Transportation (full access to Kingston Public Transit System)
Total Estimated Living Expenses $9,850 - $13,330+1
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance $28,543 - $32,023
  1. The Board of Trustees reserves the right to make changes in the scale of fees if, in its opinion, circumstances so warrant.
  2. Tuition fee is for all new full-time domestic students (i.e. Canadian citizens, permanent/landed residents, native persons and exempt international students).
  3. Total Fees  include the Tuition Fee and Ancillary Fees (Student Activity Fee and Student Assistance Levy). Tuition Fee and Ancillary Fees are based on 2015-16 schedules.
  4. Refer to “Bus-It” (SGPS) – some exceptions apply.
  5. All costs based on a single full-time student with no dependants for an eight-month school year.
  6. Costs for rent/utilities vary from sharing accommodations to renting a one-bedroom apartment.
  7. New incoming international students should see the fee schedule on the Queen's University Registrar website. See also the fees required for the University Health Insurance Plan.

Research the Options: Financial Assistance

Financial assistance programs and services available to Queen’s students are administered by the Queen’s Student Awards Office. These programs and services include merit-based scholarships and awards and need-based financial assistance.

Merit-Based Assistance

Scholarships, Awards and Prizes
Queen’s University attracts the best law students through a multitude of merit-based prizes, awards and scholarships established through the generosity of our alumni and donors. A list of all admissions and general scholarships, awards and prizes for which law students are eligible can be found on the Student Awards website.

Admission Scholarships – No Application Required
During each admission cycle, Queen’s Law awards the following admission scholarships on the basis of academic merit to students entering first year of the JD program.

All eligible applicants are considered automatically for seven awards:

  • Alberta Scholar at Queen’s Law Scholarship
  • Beresford-Knox Scholarship in Law
  • Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP Scholarships
  • William M. Bone Entrance Scholarship
  • Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Scholarship
  • David Mullan Entrance Scholarships
  • Queen’s University Admission Scholarships

For more information, see the Student Awards website.

Additional Admission Scholarships – Application Required
After registering in the JD degree program in September, students may submit applications for four awards:

  • Faculty of Law Dean's Council Diversity Awards
  • Agnes Lefas Memorial Scholarship
  • Newton Rowell Entrance Scholarships in Law
  • David and Pearl Tobias Entrance Scholarship

For more information, see the Student Awards website.

Entrance scholarships funded by organizations external to Queen’s University include Aird Scholarships, Department of Justice Canada Entrance Scholarships for Aboriginal Students, Law Foundation of Newfoundland Scholarships, and The Law Society of Prince Edward Island Scholarship. Please see the external awards found on the Student Awards website.

Need-Based Assistance

Admission Bursary
Bursaries are non-repayable grants. Unlike scholarships, which are based solely on academic excellence, financial need is the primary consideration in the selection of bursary recipients. Assessment of eligibility for Faculty of Law Admission Bursaries is independent of your assessment for admission to the Faculty of Law. 

To be eligible for a Faculty of Law Admission Bursary, a student must

  • be entering full-time studies in the first year of the JD degree program in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s in September,
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada,
  • be accessing government student assistance for the first year of studies in the Faculty of Law, and
  • have government student financial debt in their prior post-secondary program.

Demonstrated financial need is based on, but not restricted to, the following factors:

  • student and family income (if applicable),
  • number of dependants in the family (if applicable),
  • applicant’s assets, including savings,
  • the full cost of the program of studies,
  • books and supplies,
  • basic living expenses.

Emphasis is placed on assisting students who have and continue to demonstrate need over and above the maximum funding available through government student assistance. Therefore, it is expected that students who have accumulated government student financial debt from their prior post-secondary studies may have fewer options available to them. Students who have either not received government student assistance or qualified for only a small amount of government assistance likely have other options available to them and may not be considered for bursary assistance in the first year of their JD program.

General Bursaries
Queen’s General Bursaries are available for eligible students throughout their degree program. Queen’s Law students are eligible to apply for the Queen’s General Bursary. Law students will be assessed for the Faculty of Law Student Bursaries by submitting a Queen’s General Bursary application. The application is available each year in early September through the SOLUS Student Center. The deadline to submit an application is October 31.

As part of the consideration for a General Bursary there is an emphasis on assisting those students who have and continue to demonstrate need over and above the maximum funding available through government student assistance. Students who have either not received government student assistance or qualified for only a small amount of government assistance likely have other options available to them and may not be considered for bursary assistance.  

Government Student Loans

The federal and provincial/territorial government student financial assistance programs are needs-based programs (including loans, and non-repayable grants) available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and protected persons. Once students have been out of high school for more than four years, most federal and provincial/territorial student financial assistance programs consider them to be independent applicants.

Earn While You Learn ­– Part-time Work Opportunities

Working part-time is an excellent opportunity to contribute to a financial plan, gain valuable work experience, learn to manage your time, expand your social network, and get involved!

Queen’s Work Study Program

  • Students with demonstrated financial need will receive priority for certain part-time jobs available on campus.
  • Earn up to a maximum of $2,000 over the fall/winter term.

Queen’s Law Employment Opportunities
The Faculty of Law provides opportunities for academically strong upper-year law students to work as research assistants for professors. Additionally, students may be selected to work as tutors in the Academic Assistance Program and others are selected to work in Queen’s Legal Aid or for the Correctional Law Project during the summer months.    

Student Lines of Credit

It is not uncommon for students to access resources through a Student Line of Credit in addition to the funds they receive through the government assistance program. Law students are encouraged to explore personal line of credit programs tailored to professional degree programs offered by some banks, such as the Royal Bank of Canada and Scotiabank.

These loans do not require a demonstration of financial need and provide special terms to assist the financing of studies in a professional degree program.

Representatives of the Royal Bank of Canada and of Scotiabank have offered to provide advice and service at the downtown Kingston branches.

RBC Royal Bank  
65 Princess St. Kingston, Ontario 
Representative: Michael Vieira 
Information on Professional Student Lines of Credit from RBC (doc, 284KB)
tel: 613-545-5991 fax: 613-549-4654 
email:  michael.vieira@rbc.com

Scotiabank
​168 Wellington St. Kingston, Ontario
Representative: Gordon Davis, Manager of Professional Banking tel 613-544-3139 Ext. 4300 Fax:613-544-9397
email: Gordon.Davis@scotiabank.com
Information on Professional Student Line of Credit from Scotiabank (pdf, 304KB)
website: http://www.scotiabank.com/cda/content/0,1608,CID9887_LIDen,00.html