living and book expenses
School-specific cost of living data come from the American Bar Association. Cost of living reflects the maximum amount a student can borrow from the federal government to cover nine months of room & board, books & supplies, transportation, and other personal expenses. Schools can use any reasonable method for determining the maximum allowable budget, from periodic surveys of student population to local real estate assessments. Law School Transparency uses the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) for inflation, which covers 89% of the total U.S. population.
Law School Transparency, "Living Expenses" (2018). Tuition and Financial Aid. 9.