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Cost of Attendance - Residential Students

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Here at Vermont Law School, we want to make sure students have access to all of the resources they will need to be successful and live comfortably while completing their degree with us. We also want to ensure students are not incurring more student loan debt than necessary.

Here is an example of our 'thrifty' budget that would allow a student to live comfortably in South Royalton, VT, so long as they are resourceful and avoid unnecessary spending:

Thrifty Budget Monthly Annual
(9 months)
(12 months)
Rent $700 $6,300 $8,400
Transportation $300 $2,700 $3,600
Books/Supplies - $1,500 $1,500
Food $250 $2,250 $3,000
Utilities $300 $2,780 $3,600
Other/Personal $200 $1,800 $2,400
Health Insurance - - -
Total Living Expenses $1,750 $17,330 $22,500


While students are allowed to borrow between $21,000 and $28,000 towards cost of living expenses annually, our students borrow an average of just $20,700 towards cost of living expenses each year*. Our full student expense budget for 2017/2018 can be found here.

For more information about student loans and how to minimize student loan debt, please contact the VLS Financial Aid Office.

*based on 2016/2017 borrower data; excludes data for students who borrowed no cost of living funds for the 16/17 academic year