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Estimated Cost of Attendance

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Tuition and Estimated Living Expenses, 2021-22


Tuition for the 2021-22 academic year (2 semesters) is $64,284.

Scholarship funds are applied to tuition charges. A student may borrow to pay tuition charges not covered by scholarships received.


While actual living expenses vary depending on personal choices and circumstances that influence spending (e.g., living alone or with a roommate, eating out or at home, owning a car or using public transportation), the University makes the following non-tuition living expense estimates which determine the maximum loan amount available for living expenses. Please note, however, that many students' actual expenses are less than these estimates which means they can borrow less than the maximum amount available while knowing that additional funds (up to the maximum) are available should the need arise.

9-month estimates of  non-tuition  expenses (indirect costs)



VU Student Services Fee


Recreation / Wellness Center and other University services and activities

Law School Programming Fee


Student programming, technology, professional development, and co-curricular engagement

One time transcript fee


All VU students are assessed a one-time lifetime transcript fee during their first semester. Vanderbilt University only issues official transcripts.

Student Health Fee


Expanded access to student health care and wellness resources, including Telehealth care options, focusing on mental and physical health, nutrition, and sleep. Enhanced satellite services with multiple care locations across campus.

Books / Supplies


$1,700 for 1L students; $500 for 2L & 3L students   



 $1,378 per month. Studio or shared multi-bedroom typically less.



$688 per month.

Personal and miscellaneous / Health


For personal expenses not itemized elsewhere. Includes allowance for Personal and Miscellaneous ($326 per month) and Health Insurance ($304 per month).




Loan fees


Average loan fees incurred by similarly classified borrowers during the previous academic year. $0 for non-borrowers.

Total of estimated non-tuition expenses (indirect costs)


As a practical matter, students indirect costs will differ based on personal choices and circumstances. A first-year student may borrow any amount for indirect costs, as needed, up to the amount at left. Due to the lesser estimate for books, as above, a second- or third-year student may borrow up to $29,802.





Comparing VLS estimated living expenses to other law schools?

Law schools' living expense estimates are not tied to cost-of-living differences between locations and they are not necessarily based on comparable living situations. This means that schools with lower living expense estimates do not necessarily cost less to attend. 

Tuition payment

Tuition for the academic year is payable in two equal installments, at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. In addition to tuition, fees include:

  • A nonrefundable seat deposit when you accept admission, which is credited toward the fall semester bill.
  • Student health insurance through Vanderbilt which may be waived if you have comparable coverage through another provider.
  • Annual activities and recreation fee which provides access to the campus recreation center, the Sarratt Student Center and many campus events.

Refunds of Tuition and Other Charges, Tuition Payment Programs, and Other Information on Student Accounts is available from the Vanderbilt University Office of Student Accounts.

Questions? Contact the Admissions Office

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