Academic Policies and General Information
Tuition and Fees for Graduate Students
The tuition and fee charges listed here are for 2009-10 only and are subject to change in future years.
The application fee is $40 for the on-line applications.
Rates for the 2009-10 academic year are as follows:
For Vermont residents, $488 per credit hour; $5,856 flat rate for 12 credits and $488 per credit in excess of 12 credits. For out-of-state students, $1,232 per credit hour; $14,784 flat rate for 12 credits and $1,232 per credit in excess of 12 credits.
The lower rates for Vermont residents are made possible by a subvention to the university from the state of Vermont.
Continuous Registration Fee: GRAD 900
A fee of $100 per semester is charged each graduate student who has enrolled for all credits required in the degree program but who has not completed all degree requirements (e.g. comprehensive examination, thesis defense) in order to maintain continuous enrollment. Students who have not cleared grades of I or XC, but who have enrolled for all required course work must pay this fee.
Based on the number of credits enrolled per semester, Students pay a Comprehensive Fee each semester according to the following schedule: 1 credit - $10, 2 credits - $20, 3 credits - $30, 4 credits - $40, 5 credits - $358, 6 credits - $399, 7 credits - $450, 8 credits - $500, 9-11 credits - $546, 12+ credits - $829.
Student Health Fee
A health fee is included in the full-time Comprehensive Fee for students enrolled in more than 12 credits. Students enrolled for fewer than 12 credit hours are eligible for University Health Services by paying a health fee of $272.00 per semester.
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 2009-10 cost for one year's coverage for single students is estimated at $2,022. Married students may obtain coverage for their spouse and children. Further details are 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 an examination. A fee of $50 per credit is charged for each examination. Any credit earned by examination applies to the total number of credit hours allowed for validation and transfer. Appropriate forms to initiate the process of credit by examination are available in the Registrar's Office.
Reactivation following withdrawal without an approved leave of absence requires payment of a $25 reactivation fee.
A refund of 100 percent will be processed for enrollment reduction effected prior to the end of the second week of classes, a refund of 50 percent will be allowed for reductions during the third week of classes; a refund of 25 percent during the fourth week; no refund will be processed thereafter. At the end of the semester, an audit will be made of each student's record. If the audit reveals that total credit hour enrollment is greater than at the end of the specified drop period, the student will be financially liable for the total enrollment. Students will be charged for all hours as specified in policy statements regarding tuition.
A student may voluntarily withdraw from the University by notifying the Graduate Dean and the Registrar. The student will receive a refund in accordance with the bill adjustment policy. Date and time of withdrawal normally will be the date the withdrawal notice is received by the Registrar.
If a student is suspended or dismissed, a refund will be processed according to the bill adjustment schedule.
In case of death of the student, tuition which has been paid for the semester during which the death occurs will be refunded fully.