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VLS Student Hardship Fund

In partnership with AccessLex Institute, we are thankful for the opportunity to provide Vanderbilt Law students with access to the VLS Student Hardship Fund.

In spring 2021, Vanderbilt Law School has matched the generous grant from AccessLex Institute to provide another opportunity for our students to apply for the VLS Student Hardship Fund.

AccessLex Institute created the Law Student Emergency Relief Program to help member law schools provide emergency funding and other resources* to students who find themselves in need due to the unprecedented disruption in their educational and professional lives caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

*Additional resources provided by AccessLex Institute

Eligibility Criteria

  • Extraordinary expenses due to having to move because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Spouse, partner or financial supporting family member loss of income due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Personal illness or illness of immediate family member due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Additional transportation costs due to changing an airline ticket or purchasing a new ticket at the last minute.
  • Additional costs for food, housing, physical and mental health and unanticipated costs related to distance education.
  • The cost of paying for internet hotspot or reliable Wi-Fi connection.
  • Other academic materials or printing costs incurred as a direct result of changes implemented by Vanderbilt in response to COVID-19.
  • Other expenses associated with your cost of attending Vanderbilt.
  • Must currently be residing in the United States


Students who meet the criteria for the VLS Student Hardship Fund must complete the application below to be considered. All VLS students are eligible to apply for up to $500. Additional hardship funding may be available after three months, depending on available resources.

Completing this application does not guarantee financial assistance. Students who are not already receiving funds from the Vanderbilt University Hardship Fund will be given priority.

Apply now for the VLS Student Hardship Fund.

Review Process

All funding requests will be reviewed and processed within two weeks of submission. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as funds remain available.

Funds will be credited to your student account and provided via direct deposit or, if you do not have direct deposit, will be mailed to your home address.

If you are not currently signed up for direct deposit, but would like to take advantage of this feature, please follow these simple instructions:

  1. Log into YES
  2. Click on Direct Deposit
  3. Enter your Account Information
  4. Click Save

If additional information is needed from you, we will reach out via email.

Students with any questions should email the Office of Student Affairs.