Costs and Financial Assistance

Legal education is an investment in your future. At Vanderbilt, we are committed to controlling costs and to providing substantial financial assistance to students.

From 2010-11 through 2013-14, Vanderbilt Law tuition increased by 2.7%, 1.9%, 1.4%, and 2.9% over the prior year.

More than 80 percent of Vanderbilt Law students receive merit- or need-based scholarships in varying amounts with a median award of $20,000.00 in 2012/2013. Eligible student borrowers can receive federal student loans to finance the cost of attendance, and the school may offer institutional loans to some entering international J.D. students who are not eligible for United States government loans.

Scholarship decisions are made on an ongoing basis beginning in February, and recipients are notified as decisions are made. Financial aid packages may include merit scholarships, need-based scholarships, scholarships based on combined merit and need, or educational loans.

VLS Financial Handbook

The financial handbook provides information for admitted students concerning:

  • detailed information about Vanderbilt's estimated cost of attendance
  • estimating your cost of attendance
  • comparing Vanderbilt's estimate of living expenses to other law schools' estimates
  • strategies for controlling living expenses and borrowing
  • educational loans

U.S. Military Veterans - Yellow Ribbon Program

Post-9/11 GI Bill eligible Veterans may receive tuition assistance from VLS and the government through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs'

Teach for America Corps Members and Alumni

VLS provides merit-based Vanderbilt Law School Scholarships commending TFA service for up to three qualified TFA alumni in each entering JD class.

Questions? Contact the Admissions Office

615-322-6452 | admissions@law.vanderbilt.edu