2009-10 Online Catalogue
Academic Policies and General Information
Financial Aid for Graduate Students
Limited amounts of need based financial aid are available for students enrolled in the UVM Graduate College. Much of the available aid consists of low interest student loans, repayable after graduation or withdrawal from the University. Those 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. It is important, therefore, for graduate students to fully assess their costs and resources before making a final decision about attendance.
The University provides, through the Office of Student Financial Services, long-term loans and /or work study jobs for students based upon demonstrated need remaining after all assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, tuition grants, and any other sources of financial assistance are considered. Eligibility for financial aid is contingent upon:
- U.S. citizenship (or permanent resident status).
- At least half-time enrollment (6 credit hours per semester).
- Financial need as determined by federal eligibility requirements.
Application for Financial Aid
Application for financial aid should be made as soon after application for admission to the University as possible. In order to apply for aid, graduate students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline for filing a FAFSA is March 1 of each year for the following school year. Applications completed after that date will be considered late which may limit aid availability and will be reviewed according to the date of submission. The UVM Title IV School Code is 003696. This number is required on the FAFSA. Applicants may also be asked to provide copies of prior year income tax returns and other supporting documentation by Student Financial Services. If you are starting your graduate program in the summer, it is important for you to contact Student Financial Services to determine what FAFSA you need to complete for summer financial aid. Graduate students must also submit a Graduate Student Data Form to Student Financial Services. Download this form from the Worksheets & Forms section of the Student Financial Services website, www.uvm.edu/sfs. After admission to the University and upon submission of required documentation, applicants will be notified of financial aid eligibility.
For Additional Information
More detailed information about the financial aid opportunities and procedures may be obtained from the UVM Office of Student Financial Services located in 221 Waterman Building:
Please visit the Student Financial Services Web site for additional information on financial aid.
Changes in Credit Hour Load
A student who adds courses during the semester will be billed additional tuition and fees applicable to the adjusted credit hour load. A student who drops courses during the semester will receive a tuition credit based upon the effective date as described in the "Tuition and Fees" section of the University Catalog. A student who withdraws from a course during the semester will receive a tuition credit based upon the Tuition Refund Schedule. However the course will remain on the student's record. 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
In order to maintain eligibility for financial aid, matriculated undergraduate and graduate students must progress at a rate that ensures completion of their degree programs within a reasonable time frame. Beginning with the first semester of study in a degree program at the University of Vermont, a federal financial aid recipient is required to accumulate earned hours totaling at least 75 per cent of the number of hours attempted. Each student's progress will be measured at the end of each year of attendance to ensure adherence to this standard.
All students must have attained at least a 2.0 overall cumulative grade point average in order to continue to qualify for assistance.
Any student not meeting the standard described above will be placed on Financial Aid Probationary Status for a one year period (during which aid eligibility will be maintained). Should the student not meet the required credit standard or cumulative grade point average standard by the end of that probationary year, the student's eligibility for additional financial aid will be withdrawn until the student has met the required standard.
Students whose aid is withdrawn for not maintaining academic progress according to the standard outlined above may appeal their loss of aid by writing to the Office of Student Financial Services. The decision to withhold aid eligibility will be reviewed by an appeals committee for circumstances which warrant special consideration. Such circumstances may include but are not limited to medical emergencies or family crises which resulted in the student's not meeting the stated requirements.