Tuition and Fees

The student expenses outlined in the following paragraphs are anticipated charges for the 2019-2020 academic year for graduate students enrolled in most on-campus degree programs. Changing costs may require adjustment of these charges before the beginning of the fall semester. View graduate college tuition and fees to find charges approved by the UVM Board of Trustees after the May 2019 board meeting.

Application Fee

The application fee is $65.


Estimated tuition rates for the 2019-20 academic year are as follows:

For Vermont residents, $683 per credit hour. For out-of-state students, $1,720 per credit hour. Some graduate programs have different out-of-state tuition rates, and the information on the graduate college tuition and fees page should be referred to for details.

The lower rates for Vermont residents are made possible by a subvention to the university from the state of Vermont.

Note: Courses taken for audit are also included in determining the number of credits for which a student is billed at the standard tuition rate.

Continuous Registration Tuition Fee: GRAD 901/902/903

Students who are actively working toward their degree completion and have completed all credits required for the degree, but have not completed all graduation requirements, must enroll each semester for Continuous Registration and pay a fee ranging from $100-$300 for the Continuous Registration fee each semester until all degree requirements are completed, including removing incomplete grades, passing the comprehensive examination, or completing a thesis or dissertation. For students enrolled in Continuous Registration, the UVM Health Fee of $371.50 will be billed as a separate charge if the UVM Student Health Insurance Plan is purchased.

Comprehensive Fee

Estimated 2019-20 per semester comprehensive fee schedule:

Credits Enrolled/Semester Fee
1 $10
2 $20
3 $30
4 $40
5 $432
6 $483
7 $543
8 $603
9 and above $1,043

Graduate Student Senate Fee

Graduate students enrolled below 5 credits, are charged $7 for the Graduate Student Senate Fee each semester, and students enrolled in 5 or more credits are charged $10.  This fee is allocated by the Graduate Student Senate toward the support of student organizations and student activities. Students enrolled in Continuous Registration must also pay this fee.

Student Health Fee

A health fee is included in the Comprehensive fee for students enrolled in nine or more credits. The health fee is a required fee for any student enrolled in fewer than nine credits who purchases UVM health insurance. The health fee for 2019-20 is estimated at $371.50 per semester, and is subject to change. Visit graduate college tuition and fees (mandatory student fees) for updated cost information.

Student Accident and Sickness Insurance

Through an arrangement with a commercial insurance company, students are able to procure health insurance which is designed to provide coverage for services beyond those provided by the Center for Health and Wellbeing. There is an additional charge for this extended coverage beyond the student health fee. The 2018-19 cost for one year's coverage for single students is $2,694 and is subject to change for 2019-20. Married students may obtain coverage for their spouse and children. Health insurance information is available from the Center for Health and Wellbeing. To participate in this insurance, the student health fee must be paid each semester as well as the additional insurance premium.

Credit by Examination

A student may, under certain circumstances, receive credit for a course by taking and passing an examination. A fee of $50 per credit is charged for each examination. Any credit earned by examination applies to the total number of credits allowed for validation and transfer. Appropriate forms to initiate the process of credit by examination are available in the registrar's office.

Reactivation Fee

Reactivation following withdrawal without an approved leave of absence for longer than two consecutive semesters requires the Reactivation Form (PDF) to be completed along with payment of a $40 reactivation fee.

Bill Adjustment

Tuition refunds for students who drop or withdraw from courses will be handled according to the university's published tuition refund schedule.


A student may voluntarily withdraw from the university by notifying the Dean of the Graduate College and the registrar. The student will receive a refund in accordance with the Bill Adjustment Policy (PDF). Date and time of withdrawal normally will be the date the withdrawal notice is received by the registrar.


In the case of suspension or dismissal from the university for disciplinary reasons, the student will receive a refund in accordance with the Bill Adjustment Policy.


In case of death of the student, tuition, room and fees which has been paid for the semester during which the death occurs will be refunded fully.