Financial Aid

Federal education loans are the primary sources of financial assistance for graduate students. For detailed information about financial aid, view information on types of aid for graduate students. Students with financial need who do not receive supplemental assistance in the form of assistantships or fellowships may find that their need-based financial assistance is insufficient to meet their entire cost of attendance. Graduate students should assess their costs and resources before making a final decision about attendance.

Eligibility for federal financial aid is based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), UVM’s cost of attendance, and any other sources of aid being received, such as funding from assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, or tuition grants. Students must meet core eligibility requirements for federal student aid, including U.S. citizenship (or permanent resident status), and at least half-time enrollment (5 credits per semester).

For students seeking a Graduate Certificate, financial aid will generally not be available. View information on costs, types of aid,  and financing options for UVM Certificate Programs.

Application for Financial Aid

Students should apply for financial aid as soon as possible. The only financial aid application required is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For on-time awarding, submit the FAFSA application by February 1 (the University's priority financial aid deadline) for the following school year. Late filing of the FAFSA will not affect eligibility for Federal Direct Unsubsidized or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans. On the FAFSA use UVM's Title IV School Code (003696) to have the application sent to UVM. Student Financial Services will contact students via email if additional information is required in order to determine financial aid eligibility. For students who are starting their graduate programs in the summer, the FAFSA will need to be submitted for the prior and upcoming academic years.  In addition to completing the FAFSA, graduate students applying for financial aid will be required to inform us of their enrollment plans and funding they may have been awarded through their program through the Graduate Student Data form each year. Incoming students for the fall semester will be notified by email of the financial aid award offer beginning in early to mid-March. Official award offers will be issued once all requested documentation has been received and reviewed.

Students must reapply for financial aid each year through the FAFSA by February 1 for the following school year.

For Additional Information

More detailed information about the financial aid availability and procedures may be obtained from the UVM Office of Student Financial Services located in 223 Waterman Building:

Phone: (802) 656-5700

Please use the Student Financial Services website as a valuable resource to find answers to questions, or email a counselor at

Changes in Credit Hour Load

A student who adds courses during an enrollment period will be billed additional tuition and fees applicable to the adjusted credit hour load. Students who drop or withdraw from courses during the enrollment period will receive a tuition credit based upon the university’s published Refund and Bill Adjustment Policy (PDF) which is subject to change. Financial aid will be reviewed and adjusted for any changes to the course load. It is recommended that financial aid recipients speak with Student Financial Services before withdrawing from or dropping courses.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients

Federal financial aid regulations require that financial aid recipients maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to remain eligible for financial aid. The UVM Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy for financial aid recipients is found in the Student Financial Services handbook and can also be obtained by contacting UVM Student Financial Services. All students should review the complete SAP policy to understand the requirements to remain eligible for aid.