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Financial Assistance

MLA makes financial assistance available to allow MLA Members attend its annual conference. Be sure to check with local chapters for additional funding opportunities.  

In-Person Conference Travel Grants 

The grant recipients will be reimbursed up to $1,000 for actual travel and conference-related expenses.    

  • Funded through MLA grant endowments: 
    • Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Conference Grant - Applications are closed
    • EBSCO/MLA Annual Conference Grant - Applications are closed

No-Charge Virtual Conference Registration Grants

Virtual conference no-charge registration is funded through the MLA annual budget and designed to assist members with a true financial need. - Applications are closed


  • current 2024 member of MLA
  • health information professional
  • fulfill one of the following criteria based on employment status:
    • unemployed
    • if furloughed: no funding is available from the employer
    • if employed: no funding is available from the employer
  • unable to financially self-fund registration

The applicant must provide the following information:

  • presenting at annual meeting
  • name of current or former employer and contact information
  • justification or additional information regarding employment status and funding availability
  • previous MLA annual conference assistance

Priority consideration will be given to members who:

  • are presenting at MLA '24 
  • have not previously received MLA conference assistance


  • MLA profile information must be current. 
  • Decisions are at the discretion of the jury.
  • If awarded the applicant must have paid 2024 membership dues and accept the offer within 14 days of notification. 
  • Recipients will receive a unique enrollment code (in April) to complete the registration process for a free virtual registration. Refunds will not be given to awardees who are already registered as part of an institutional registration or individual registration.
  • Free registration is non-transferable, cannot be applied to in-person registration, and must be used in the year it is awarded.
  • Free registration is not subject to tax (i.e., no W9/1099 filing).

Please note that funding for the no-charge registrations is limited and designed to support those members with genuine significant hardship. If you can afford to self-fund your registration, please consider letting others apply.

    Have a question? Contact MLA Headquarters.

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