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2014-15 Student Budget

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance at Vermont Law School is based on the amount needed to meet direct institutional costs and provide a moderate allowance for living expenses for a 9- or 12-month academic year for a single student.

  • The Financial Aid Office has set student budgets that represent the amount of tuition and fees needed to attend Vermont Law School in a particular program of study.

  • Additional amounts are built into a student's budget to represent estimated expenses for books, health insurance, transportation, personal costs, and a modest cost of living allowance* for that program of study. Financial aid programs are meant to fund the student and may not cover a spouse or family.

  • The total aid a student may receive from Student Financial Assistance programs and other sources cannot exceed the student's budget.

Whether or not this estimate provides sufficiently for you will largely depend on the choices you make. Individual living and personal expenses may vary, and the student is responsible for meeting costs in excess of the established allowances from personal or other resources.

 

Vermont Law School
Student Expense Budget 2014-15

Budget JD Program Masters Program
(MELP & MERL)
Summer
  9-month 12-month 3-month
Tuition $46,110 $40,345  
Student Admin. Fee 900 900  
Student Bar Assn. Fee 125    
Health Insurance 3,900 3,900  
Books & Equipment 1,500 2,250 750
Rent 7,200 9,600 2,400
Utilities 1,800 2,400 600
Food 3,060 4,080 1,020
Personal 3,600 4,800 1,200
TOTAL $68,195 $68,275 $5,970

PLEASE NOTE: Students are expected to live within the bottom line of the budget for the time period covered by their budget. Student living expenses are covered by the student expense budget only while they are actively attending classes.

Vermont Law School will, on a case-by-case basis, make adjustments to the student budget when appropriate in certain circumstances with required documentation. If a student incurs additional educational expenses, which cause him/her to exceed the total budget, he/she should discuss this with the Financial Aid Officer.

Books: Budget figures reflect average book purchases in each class. Students whose necessary book purchases go beyond this level may seek a budget adjustment through the Financial Aid Office and borrow additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loan or GradPLUS Loan with documentation.

Computer: Students who need additional funds for a computer should discuss the expense with their Financial Aid Officer. Each request will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Bar Exam: One State exam fee may be included in the final year of a law student’s budget. Students must submit the request in writing, stating the state in which the exam will be taken and the amount of the exam fee only.

Rent & Utility considerations: When searching for housing students should consider the source of heat. Electricity bills will increase substantially during the winter months when you heat with electricity, whereas oil and gas prices remain more constant throughout the year. Students making arrangements for delivery from local oil, gas, electric companies are urged to request a budget plan in order to spread heating costs over the number of months in the academic year. Failure to do so may cause financial difficulty during the spring term. Some companies will allow customers to pre-purchase fuel for the entire year during the summer months when it is least expensive. Also, local utility companies may provide assistance to customers who qualify by reducing the amount you owe on electric, fuel and telephone bills.

Child Care: Students with children may incur additional expenses beyond the limits of the student budget. Because of the variability of expenses in this area, dictated both by age of the child and the type of day care available and/or preferred by the parent, students are encouraged to speak with the Financial Aid Director.