Financial Information.

The mission of Oak Brook College of Law is to raise up attorneys who are equipped in every respect to enter careers and ministries for the glory of God. For this reason, it is of utmost importance to the faculty of Oak Brook College that our graduates are not saddled with student debt that will hinder their career and ministry decisions. The tuition and payment structure for both the paralegal and Juris Doctor Degree programs is intentionally designed to allow students to proceed in their education without requiring student loans, while our course structure makes it possible for students to pursue a profession as they study, earning rather than simply paying.

“Higher education is supposed to expand your options, not limit them. Going to a brick-and-mortar law school and racking up $120k in student loans was definitely a step in the wrong direction from my perspective. A traditional school would have had me run up massive student loans and require me to work long hours at an entry level job just to stay on top of loan payments – with OBCL, by God’s grace, I was able to pay all of my expenses out-of-pocket. I graduated with no debt, and four years of professional experience. OBCL was an easy pick.” – Sam

Juris Doctor

Current tuition for the Juris Doctor Program is indicated below. Depending on the year of study, additional fees for registration, technology, electives, and conferences may be present. Additionally, students will incur fees mandated by the State of California, including registration as a law student and exam fees for the First Year Law Students Examination and the Bar Examination, among others.

Yearly tuition does not include the cost of textbooks or other expenses which the student may incur in the process of pursuing the degree, including travel to and from conferences and on-site modulars, optional review courses held by the Alumni Association, lodging and meals during such conferences, and other similar expenses.

A computer (laptop preferred) meeting the minimum system requirements indicated on the ExamSoft website is required. Each student is responsible to obtain his or her own computer and must have the ability to electronically submit documents.

Students may purchase outside study aids in addition to required texts and are responsible to cover any costs associated with such items. However, while the purchase and use of these items is encouraged, it is not required.

At this time, the College does not provide students with financial aid and does not participate in any student loan programs. The College does offer a Student Payment Plan which allows a student to pay for one year of study over a 10-month period, with an accompanying processing fee. The College reserves the right to reevaluate the fee structures from year to year and to change them at its discretion.

Four-year Juris Doctor Program Schedule of Charges
ANNUAL TUITION AND FEES

Tuition:  $5,000.00
Tuition is payable in full at the beginning of each year, or a student may utilize the Student Payment Plan arranged by the College. The cost of tuition will cover faculty and staff salaries and office and administrative costs.

Registration Fee: $56.00 — Nonrefundable
This fee covers the cost of processing the student’s enrollment in the each academic year.

Technology Fee: $275.00 — Nonrefundable
This fee covers expenses associated with the cost of research and examination technology, among other technology provisions. This includes required access to the computer-based research programs Westlaw or Lexis-Nexis, which are available to students beginning in their first year, and registration for ExamSoft software, used for the electronic administration of all Oak Brook College exams.

Credit Card Processing Fee: $175.00 — Nonrefundable
This fee applies to any student electing to pay their tuition and fees with a credit card.

Elective Fee: $450.00
Applies to each elective with the exception of Appellate Advocacy, Legal Externships, and either Trial Advocacy or Dispute Resolution.

CONFERENCE FEES

The fees listed here apply to any student attending a required conference. All conference fees are due at the time of registration for the conference and are not eligible for the student payment plan.

Conference Fee: $350.00 — Nonrefundable
This fee is charged for each conference a student attends.

Lodging Fee: $581.00-$801.00 — Nonrefundable
Price is for the conference week and includes the estimated cost of meals.

Transportation: Varies
Each student is responsible for transportation to and from the conferences.

Graduation Fee: $300.00 — Nonrefundable
This fee is charged for any graduate who wishes to take part in the optional graduation ceremony.

ADDITIONAL FEES

The following additional costs will be incurred as a student proceeds in their education. These fees are not paid to Oak Brook College of Law and are not eligible for any payment plan. Fees are current as of September 2017.

Registration as a Law Student: $119.00
First year only. This fee is paid to the State Bar of California and must accompany the student’s Registration as a Law Student form, which is required by the State Bar of California.

FYLSX Application Fee: $624.00
This fee is paid to the State Bar of California and must accompany the student’s application to take the First-Year Law Students’  Examination, which is mandatory for all law students before entering the second year of studies.

Examination Laptop Fee: $153.00
This fee is paid to the State Bar of California when registering for the FYLSX and General Bar Exam.

Application for Determination of Moral Character: $551.00
This fee is paid to the State Bar of California when submitting an Application for Determination of Moral Character and is generally completed during the fourth year.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE): $95.00
This fee is paid when registering to sit for the MPRE and is generally completed during the fourth year.

CA General Bar Examination Fee: $677.00
This fee is paid to the State Bar of California and must accompany the student’s application to take the General Bar Examination after the completion of the fourth year.

Additional supplies and materials

Students may incur additional expenses related to their education at Oak Brook College of Law. Such expenses are the sole responsibility of the student and are not included in tuition and fee assessments. These costs include, but are not limited to the following:

Textbooks: $400.00-$1,000.00
Textbook costs are not part of the above tuition charges. Students are responsible for obtaining their own textbooks.

Technology Expenses: Varies
A computer (laptop preferred) meeting the minimum system requirements indicated on the ExamSoft website is required. Each student is responsible to obtain his or her own computer. Personal computers may only be used in conjunction with ExamSoft for any law school examination. Access to the internet and the ability to scan and electronically submit documents is also required.

Study Aids: Varies
Students may purchase outside study aids, such as audio lecture series, flash cards, et cetera. The purchase and use of these items is encouraged but not required. Students are responsible to cover any costs associated with such items.

Transportation: Varies
Each student is responsible for transportation to and from conferences and exam sites.

At this time, the College does not provide students with financial aid and does not participate in any student loan programs. The College reserves the right to re-evaluate the fee structures from year to year, and to change them at its discretion.

The purpose of each of these charges is clearly stated above. Students will be responsible for any other expenses incurred by them in the course of instruction. Tuition and fees for subsequent years may be subject to change.

Student Payment Plan

The Student Payment Plan allows a student to pay for one year of study over a 10-month period, with an accompanying processing fee for a total cost of $5,506.00 per year. The cost under this plan is $550.60 per month and includes the processing fee. Payments are automatically billed on the first day of each scheduled payment month starting with the month coursework begins, for a total of ten months.

Oak Brook College accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit cards. Debit cards are acceptable if they have the Visa or MasterCard logo on them. No checks or money orders are accepted for the Student Payment Plan. If a student wishes to use the Student Payment Plan, the student must choose from the options listed. No other payment plans are accepted.

Cancellation and Tuition Refund Policy

Students have a right to cancel enrollment and receive a full refund of all monies paid to the College, except for any nonrefundable charges, up to midnight of the last day of lesson one of the first semester. All Notices of Cancellation must be made by written notice and should be directed in writing to the Director of Administration, Oak Brook College of Law, P.O. Box 26870, Fresno, CA 93729. Faxed or emailed notices are acceptable.

After the Full Refund Cancellation Period, a student may cancel studies at any time by submitting a Notice of Cancellation to the Director of Administration, Oak Brook College of Law, P.O. Box 26870, Fresno, CA 93729.

Except for any nonrefundable fees, refunds after the Full Refund Cancellation Period will be handled as follows: If a student cancels by midnight of the last day of lesson two of the first semester, a student shall receive a 90% refund. If a student cancels by midnight of the last day of lesson four of the first semester, a student shall receive a 70% refund. If a student cancels by midnight of the last day of lesson six of the first semester, a student shall receive a 50% refund. If a student cancels by midnight of the last day of lesson eight of the first semester, a student shall receive a 30% refund. If a student cancels by midnight of the last day of lesson ten of the first semester, a student shall receive a 10% refund. No refund will be given after the last day of lesson ten of the first semester, except in hardship cases upon the petition of the student and at the complete discretion of the College.

If a student enrolls in the second semester of an academic year, but not the first, the refund policy applies to the second semester.

Cancellation is effective on the date written notice is postmarked, emailed or faxed.

For students utilizing the student payment plan, if, after applying the refund policies of this section a tuition balance remains, monthly payments will continue until the balance remaining has been paid in full.

For example, if a student signs an enrollment agreement and begins studies and then subsequently cancels enrollment by midnight of the last day of lesson one of the first semester, the student will receive a full refund minus the nonrefundable fees.


“Oak Brook’s tuition structure was essential for me. Graduating without debt allowed me to pursue my dream of working at a nonprofit defending religious liberties.” – Matt

Paralegal Program

Total cost for tuition and fees for the Paralegal Program is outlined below. The tuition and fees for the Paralegal Program may be paid in full at the beginning of the year, or paid in 10 monthly installments under the student payment plan. Tuition is exclusive of fees and other costs, discussed below.

Additional fees for registration, technology, and credit card transactions may apply. Additionally, students will incur additional fees and expenses should they choose to sit for the Certified Paralegal Exam.

Yearly tuition does not include the cost of textbooks or other expenses which the student may incur in the process of pursuing the certificate, including the cost of computer equipment, internet, and email access fees.

A computer (laptop preferred) meeting the minimum system requirements indicated on the ExamSoft website is required. Each student is responsible to obtain his or her own computer and must have the ability to electronically submit documents. Students are also required to access online legal research programs and must have an internet connection to do so.

Students may purchase outside study aids in addition to required texts and are responsible to cover any costs associated with such items. However, while the purchase and use of these items is encouraged, it is not required.

At this time, the College does not provide students with financial aid and does not participate in any student loan programs. The College does offer a Student Payment Plan which allows a student to pay for one year of study over a 10-month period, with an accompanying processing fee. Payments are automatically billed on the first day of each scheduled payment month starting with the month coursework begins, for a total of 10 months. The College reserves the right to reevaluate the fee structures from year to year and to change them at its discretion.

One-year Paralegal Program Schedule of Charges

Tuition:  $4,000.00
Tuition is payable in full at the beginning of each year, or a student may utilize the Student Payment Plan arranged by the College. The cost of tuition will cover faculty and staff salaries and office and administrative costs.

Registration Fee : $100.00 — Nonrefundable
This fee covers the cost of processing the student’s enrollment in the each academic year.

Technology Fee: $150.00 — Nonrefundable
For some courses students are required to access Lexis-Nexis, a computer-assisted legal research program that requires a computer with an internet connection. The ExamSoft software is used for electronic administration of all Oak Brook College exams.

Credit Card Processing Fee: $150.00 — Nonrefundable
This fee applies to any student electing to pay their tuition and fees with a credit card.

Paralegal Program Annual Tuition and Fees Not Paid to Oak Brook College of Law

Textbooks: $700.00 (estimated)
Textbook charges are not included as part of the tuition fees. Students are required to purchase the prescribed textbooks for each course. A list of required textbooks and materials is made available to students at the time of enrollment.

Additional Supplies and materials: Varies
Students may purchase outside study aids, such as lecture series, flash cards, et cetera. The purchase and use of these items is encouraged but not required. Students are responsible to cover any costs associated with such items.

Computer with Internet Connection: Varies
A computer with an internet connection meeting the minimum system requirements indicated on the ExamSoft website is required. Each student is responsible to obtain his or her own computer. Personal computers may only be used in conjunction with ExamSoft for any law school examination. The ability to scan and electronically submit documents is also required.

Student Tuition Recovery Fund: $0.00* (California residents only; nonrefundable)
The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the (STRF), or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120 day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120 day period before the program was discontinued, if the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of that educational program during that time period.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law, or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.

In the event of an institutional closure, to qualify for STRF reimbursement, you must file a STRF application with the Bureau within two (2) years of receiving notice of the closure of the institution. If you do not receive notice, you have four (4) years from the date of the closure to file a STRF application.

For STRF reimbursement based on discontinuation of a program, refund award ordered by the Bureau, failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds, or an award ordered by an arbitrator or court based on a violation of the Act,, you must file a STRF application within 2 years of the award order, failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds, or program closure.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number. A student wishing to learn about the requirements for filing a claim against the STRF can find information on the BPPE website (http://www.bppe.ca.gov).

Note: Authority cited: Sections 94803, 94877 and 94923, Education Code. Reference: Section 94923, 94924 and 94925, Education Code.

*At present time, this fee has been suspended but may be reinstated at a later date.

The purpose of each of these charges is clearly stated above.

Students will be responsible for any other expenses incurred by them during the course of study.


 

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