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Policies and General Information
Financial Aid for Undergraduate Students
The University has many programs to help finance a UVM education. These include financial aid awards for students with a demonstrated need for financial assistance and Scholarship awards for students whose academic achievements and other accomplishments and qualities promise to enrich the University in exceptional ways.
For more information, visit the Student Financial Services Web site.
Financial Aid for Undergraduate Students
For any questions about financial aid at UVM, contact Student Financial Services via the information below:
Phone: (802) 656-5700
Fax: (802) 656-4076
Students who wish to be considered for assistance in meeting their University expenses with student loans, grants or employment should consider applying for federal, state, and University financial aid. To be eligible to apply for financial aid, a student must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. (Limited financial aid funding is available for international students; inquiries should be made to the Scholarship Coordinator in the Admissions Office.) To be considered for aid, a student must also be enrolled at least half-time (six credits) in a degree program. Audited credits or Credits by Examination cannot be considered as part of the credits in determining financial aid eligibility. Students enrolling as non-degree (through Continuing Education) may be eligible for limited financial aid. Visit the Student Financial Services Financial Aid Web site for more information.
Incoming first-year students who wish to apply for aid may do so by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at FAFSA after January 1 and before February 10th; and providing any verification documentation requested by UVM Student Financial Services. Incoming transfer students and returning UVM students should submit their FAFSA online between January 1st and March 1st. Applications submitted after these dates will be processed in chronological order, subject to the availability of funds. In addition to following the procedures listed above, all students should apply to their state financial aid grant agency for assistance. Vermont students should apply to the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), P.O. Box 2000, Winooski, VT 05404 or visit the VSAC Pay for College Web page.
The Financial Aid Package
The University of Vermont participates in all federal and state financial aid programs and must adhere to their requirements. Additionally, the University makes available a variety of grant and loan opportunities from its own operating and endowment funds. While most federal and state aid is based exclusively on student need, eligibility for University funds is based on student need and on the strength of the applicant's academic record. Applicants will be considered for all aid programs for which they are eligible. Aid is most often awarded in combinations or "packages" of the various types of aid. Almost all awards will include some student loan.
Student loans are available to all students regardless of need in the form of Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans. To be considered, however, a student must APPLY for aid. After a determination of eligibility has been made by Student Financial Services, students will be notified if they qualify for "need-based" aid or for an Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan.
In the awarding of UVM institutional financial aid funds, a student's academic record is taken into consideration. Most federal and state financial aid funds are allocated solely on the basis of student and parent financial need.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard for Financial Aid Recipients
In order to maintain eligibility for federal Title IV financial aid, matriculated undergraduate students must progress at a rate that ensures completion of their degree programs within a reasonable time frame. Full-time undergraduate students may be entitled to up to six years of financial aid eligibility to complete their degree requirements. 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 credits totaling at least 75 percent of the number of credits attempted. Each student’s progress will be measured at least annually to ensure adherence to this standard.
Beginning with the third academic year, in order to qualify for assistance, students must have attained at least a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of:
- 2.3 for students in the College of Engineering & Mathematics
- 2.5 for students in the College of Nursing & Health Sciences
- 3.0 for teacher education majors in the College of Education & Social Sciences
- 2.0 for all other students
Any student not meeting the standard described above will be placed on Financial Aid Warning Status for a one semester period (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 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 that resulted in the student's not meeting the stated requirements.
Standards for graduate students enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral degree program can be found by clicking on “Academic Progress and Aid” found on the Student Financial Services Financial Aid Handbook Web page.