Friday, July 18, 2008

Suggestions On What To Do With Your PILA Grant

For those lucky/skillful enough to successfully navigate the bizzare and mystifying process that is PILA, here's what you can do with your grant:

1) Cover the increase in tuition:
J.D.
COSTS, 2008-09

VA
RESIDENT

NONRESIDENT
Tuition
and Fees:

$36,800

$41,800
Housing:

6,502

6,502
Personal Expenses:

7,222

7,222
Health Insurance:

1,976

1,976
Books
and Supplies:
1,800

1,800

Loan Fees:
800
800
Totals:
$55,100
$60,100


For out of state residents, the tuition last year was $38,500. According to a Law School press release, 1L PILA grants are approximately $3,500 after taxes.  The difference is between this year and last year's tuition is $3,300. 

2) Oops, that's pretty much your whole grant right there, with $200 left over.   Hey now, that's like a week and a half worth of lunches in Scott Commons (seriously).  Or splurge on a textbook and a half (?). 

And if you didn't get a PILA grant?  Well . . . .

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