Below you will find details which build upon the general information under the Admissions section regarding scholarship, financial aid, tuition, and fees. If you have any questions, please contact an Admissions Counselor or a Business Office representative.
JD Students are billed for tuition Fall and Spring semesters. JD credits taken during the Summer Session are billed on a per credit basis and do not count towards residency requirements.
Joint Degree Students
Joint degree students are billed (in addition to the JD charges) for the Master's portion on a per credit basis at the prevailing per credit rate for 21 credits.
In addition to the 21 MELP-ONLY credits, Joint Degree students are permitted to "share" 9 credits from their JD program. The sharing needs to happen in the spring and/or fall semester as the cost of these shared credits is assumed to be paid under the JD tuition price in the fall and spring semesters. Joint Degree students must have a thorough understanding of their degree requirements. It is essential that they have read the academic regulations and program guidelines relating to this degree and that they regularly apprise their advisor and the Registrar of any changes in their program plan.
Master's Program (Excluding LLM-ALS)
All Master's Program students are billed for tuition on a per credit basis at the prevailing per credit rate for 30 credits.
Master's Program - American Legal Studies (ALS)
All Master's Program - American Legal Studies students are billed for tuition on a per credit basis at the prevailing per credit rate for 29 credits.
Bills will either be printed and put in student mailboxes or distributed via your Vermont Law School email account and available through CampusWeb throughout the academic term. Bills will only be generated if there is a balance due. If a bill has not been generated, students should view their account on Campus Web. A student becomes liable for his/her tuition upon registration. Students at Vermont Law School are expected to take responsibility for being aware of payment deadlines and policies.
Failure to receive a statement of account is not sufficient cause for extending payment due dates.
Students may request a third party billing by completing and submitting a
Third Party Billing Form or you may request a form directly from the Business Office.
Please note that submitting a third party billing request does not give Vermont Law School permission to talk to the third party. If you would like a third party (spouse, partner, parent, guardian, employer) to be able to discuss your account/financial aid with us, an Information Release Form (or you may request a form directly from the Business Office) will need to be completed and submitted to the Business Office.
Tuition Payment Policy
All tuition and fees are due to Vermont Law School
seven (7) days prior to the first day of classes for Residential students.
All tuition and fees are due to Vermont Law School
two (2) business days prior to the start of classes for Distance Learning students.
The Business Office will work with the Financial Aid Office to verify the amount of loan money the student will be receiving. Upon verification of the loan proceeds, tuition that will be covered by the funds will be deferred until receipt of the funds. If a student wishes to have charges on their account other than tuition (health insurance, library fine, software charge, etc) paid from Federal Loans, he/she will need to complete and submit a
Non-Allowable Charge Form or you may request a form directly from the Business Office. Payment, for any portion not covered by loan disbursement is due seven (7) days prior to the first day of classes for Residential students. Payment, for any portion not covered by loan disbursement is due two (2) business days prior to the first day of classes for Distance Learning students.
Unpaid Tuition Drop Policy
Any Residential student, who, by the last day of the add/drop period, still has a full tuition balance on their account will be notified using their Vermont Law School email account in regards to outstanding tuition & fee delinquencies and given seven (7) business days from the last day of add/drop period to make payment or make payment arrangements. After the seven (7) business days, if no payment or payment arrangements have been made, the student will be subject to academic dismissal from Vermont Law School. Appeals to this decision may be made in writing to the Comptroller in the Business Office.
Interest charges in the amount of 12% per annum, will be charged to all accounts with an outstanding balance beginning 30 days after the due date. This applies to all Residential students for whom financial aid has not fully covered the initial tuition charge, or charges that are incurred during the semester (IT software/repair, Library fines, etc). A hold will also be placed on all outstanding accounts for grades, transcripts and diplomas (if applicable).
If a student withdraws, takes a leave of absence, or is dismissed from Vermont Law School and still owes a balance and no payments or payment arrangements are made within 120 days, the account will be sent to our current collection agency, Williams & Fudge, Inc. Statements of account, including interest on the account will be sent to the student on a monthly basis. A certified letter of warning will also be sent for accounts at risk for being sent to collections.
Release of Official Transcripts
The release of grades, diplomas, and transcripts is contingent on the satisfaction of all financial obligations to Vermont Law School. A student not meeting financial commitments may not attend classes and will be dropped from the enrollment.
Transcript requests will not be released for any student who has an outstanding balance with Vermont Law School until the balance and any applicable interest is paid in full.
Questions about financial charges should be directed to the Business Office.