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Financing your law degree

University tuition and fees can be stressful and difficult to navigate, so we have broken down all the info you need, including available bursaries and scholarships specific to the JD program.

Tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year

Canadian student tuition

Cost per 3-unit course

$1,257.18

International student tuition

Cost per 3-unit course

$4,209.60

Other fees

General fees (per term)

$386.12

Student health and dental plan (per year)

$635.50

Law Career Services Fee (per term)

$75.00

Tuition and Fees

The 2022-2023 tuition and fees for the JD program are approximately: $16,640 per year for Canadian students and $52,000 per year for International students. 

Tuition is assessed on a per-course basis. A full-time, first-year JD student will take 18 units per semester.

Non-JD students who register in a JD course, including those in a graduate program at UCalgary Law, must also pay the law program differential portion of the tuition.

University of Calgary tuition and fee calendar

The UCalgary fee calendar breaks down all the tuition fee information for students.

Visit the University of Calgary tuition and fee calendar

How to pay your tuition and fees

The registrar office breaks down all the methods of payment accepted for tuition and fees. You can also find information on how and where to pay your fees.

Learn how you can pay tuition and fees

Undergraduate student cost estimator

The undergraduate student cost calculator estimates your personalized, first-year costs. 

Find out your first-year expenses

Scholarships, Bursaries & Awards

The deadline to apply for scholarships, bursaries and awards is May 1, unless otherwise stated.

You are encouraged to apply for scholarships, awards and bursaries online. You can fill out one application form to be considered for all of the scholarships, awards and bursaries listed on the registrar site. If no application information is listed, the award is granted automatically by the Academic Status Committee based on the stated criteria.

We strongly encourage all students who have received an offer or are on the waitlist to apply for scholarships and bursaries on the My Financials page of your Student Centre. The deadline to apply is May 1.

Differential Tuition Bursaries (DTB) have a separate assessment process. The Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) Office usually notifies successful DTB candidates by email in late August.

Applicants to the JD program are automatically considered for the UCalgary Law Entrance Awards of Excellence, which are awarded no later than March 31.

If you have questions regarding the awards application or process, please contact the Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) office directly at ucawards@ucalgary.ca.

Please review the details and general policies for University-administered scholarships, bursaries and awards in the current Calendar.


Entrance scholarship for incoming first-year JD students

UCalgary Law Entrance Awards of Excellence

These awards are offered annually to those students who are considered to best reflect excellence in their undergraduate achievements. There is no financial need component, and all applicants are automatically considered for these awards. Students will be notified no later than March 31 of the year an offer of admission is made to prospective recipients.


Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Entrance Scholarship

  • Valued at up to $60,000 ($20,000 in each year of the JD program)
  • Based on academic merit and community leadership
  • Renewable in second and third years based on a minimum GPA of 3.2 and minimum of 24 units in the previous fall and winter terms.

The Dean of Law Award of Excellence

  • Valued at $15,000
  • Based on academic merit
  • Offered to one (1) student entering their first year of the JD program

Faculty of Law Undergraduate Awards of Excellence

  • Valued at $10,000 each
  • Based on academic merit
  • Offered to three (3) students entering their first year of the JD program

Faculty of Law Undergraduate Award of Excellence for Indigenous, Black and Racialized Persons

  • Valued at $10,000 each
  • Based on academic merit
  • Offered to one (1) Indigenous, Black and Racialized Person entering their first year of the JD program

Faculty of Law NREEL Scholarship

  • Valued at $10,000
  • Based on past academic or professional excellence in an area related to Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law, with an interest in pursuing this area of law post-graduation
  • Offered to one (1) student entering their first year of the JD program

Inter Pipeline Awards

  • Valued at $10,000 each
  • Based on academic merit
  • Offered each year to one (1) Indigenous student and one (1) Black student entering their first year of the JD program

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Award for BIPOC law students

  • Valued at $10,000
  • Based on academic merit
  • For a student who is Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour (POC)
  • Offered annually to an undergraduate student entering the JD program

Murray and Anne Fraser Entrance Award

  • Valued at up to $12,000
  • Based on academic merit, financial need, and demonstrated involvement in curricular activities and/or community service
  • Offered annually to students entering the JD program
  • Online application through your Student Centre is required

F. Murray Fraser QC Scholarship

  • Valued at up to $12,000
  • Based on academic merit and demonstrated involvement in student leadership activities
  • Preference given to a student who attended University of King’s College in the Foundation Year Program, graduating from University of King’s College or Dalhousie University
  • Offered annually to a student entering the JD program
  • Eligible students will be nominated by the Faculty of Law, no application required


Financial Aid

Student loans are available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are studying full- or part-time in a degree-granting program.

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Alberta students

Alberta residents who require financial assistance to pursue post-secondary education may obtain student loans by applying online through Student Aid Alberta. Students submit one loan application and may be eligible to receive any combination of federal or provincial loans and grants.

Information about Alberta Student Loans

Out-of-Province Students

Students who reside in a province other than Alberta are eligible for government student loan funding and can apply through their home province or territory of residence. Students submit one loan application and may be eligible to receive any combination of Federal or provincial loans and grants.

Students with questions about loan eligibility and the application process can contact their provincial/territorial loan office directly. Additional information can be found on the CanLearn website.

Loan information for Out-of-Province Students

Loan information for US Students