2011-12 Online Catalogue
Policies and General Information
Financial Aid for Graduate Students
Federal education loans are the primary sources of financial assistance for graduate students. Visit the Student Financial Services Information for Grad Students webpage for detailed information about financial aid programs. 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.
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 (six credits per semester).
Application for Financial Aid
Students should apply for financial aid as soon after application for admission to the University as possible. The only financial aid application required is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submit your FAFSA online at the FAFSA website by March 1st (the University's priority financial aid deadline) for the following school year to ensure consideration for all available sources of financial aid. Applications submitted after that date will be considered late, which may limit aid availability. The UVM Title IV School Code is 003696. This number is required on the FAFSA to have the record sent to UVM. Student Financial Services will contact students via e-mail if any additional information (such as tax returns) 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. For example, if the program starts in Summer 2011, students will need to file the 2010-2011 FAFSA to be considered for aid for the Summer term, and the 2011-2012 FAFSA to be considered for aid for the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 terms. Graduate students must also submit a Graduate Student Data Form to Student Financial Services each year. Download this form from the Worksheets & Forms section of the Student Financial Services website. Applicants will be notified of financial aid eligibility after admission to the University and the submission and review of any additional required documentation, but no earlier than late March.
Students must reapply for financial aid each year. The FAFSA should be submitted online at the FAFSA website each year by March 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:
Please visit the Student Financial Services website 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. Students who drop or withdraw from courses during the semester will receive a tuition credit based upon the University’s published Refund and Bill Adjustment Policy . 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. Graduate students in a Master’s degree program have up to 5 years, and Doctoral students have up to 9 years to complete their degree. In order to make progress consistent with this minimum standard, beginning with the first semester of study in a degree program at the University of Vermont, students are required to accumulate earned hours totaling at least 75% of the number of hours attempted. Each student’s progress will be measured at least at the end of each academic year to ensure adherence to this standard.
Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 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 Warning Status for one semester (during which time 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 warning semester, the student's eligibility for additional financial aid will be suspended until the student has met the required standard.
Students whose aid is suspended for not maintaining academic progress according to the standard outlined above may appeal their loss of aid by writing an appeal to Student Financial Services that documents the circumstances surrounding the failure to meet the standard, and what has changed that will allow the student to now meet the standard. Students may also be required to provide Student Financial Services with an academic plan that is created with the academic advisor that will allow the student to meet the standard. The decision to withhold aid eligibility may be overridden by the appeals committee in circumstances which warrant special consideration. Such circumstances may include, but are not limited to, medical emergencies or family crises that may have resulted in the student's not meeting the stated requirements.