Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

green barWe offer many options to assist you in paying for your education.

Monthly Payment Plan

The University has contracted with Tuition Management Services (TMS) to administer a monthly payment plan.

  • The monthly payment plan allows payment of tuition and fees, as well as university billed housing and meals, over a five-month period (July 1 to November 1 and December 1 to April 1).
  • The payment plan can also be used to cover a portion of the student's total charges.
  • The plan is available for a fee of $60 per semester.
  • Contact TMS online or at 1-800-722-4867 to get started.
  • Note: TMS does not have access to a student's bill. For assistance in figuring out how much to set your plan up for contact Student Financial Services.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure that their bill is covered.

 

529 Plan Payments

Request distributions well in advance of the due date for on-time arrival.

  • Distribution checks need to reference the student's name and UVM ID# (95#) Please send to: University of Vermont, P.O.. Box 1306 Williston, VT 05495

 

Tuition Remission

Request tuition remission well in advance of the due date for on-time payment.

 

Outside / External Private Scholarships

Students can find and apply for external scholarships, which can reduce the amount of loan borrowing.

  • Learn more about outside scholarships
  • For more information on UVM scholarships, visit the scholarship section on our site.
  • Financial aid recipients must notify Student Financial Services if you receive any outside scholarships. These scholarships may affect other financial aid awarded to you.
  • A student's bill can be deferred by the portion being covered by the outside scholarship if you make note of this assistance when responding to your bill, and provide our office with a copy of the award or notification letter.

 

Direct Payment Options

Payments may be made to UVM online, by check, credit card, or electronic check ACH.

International Wire Transfer

UVM has partnered with Flywire to streamline the tuition and fee payment process for international students.

  • Flywire offers multiple payment options and excellent foreign exchange rates. They'll ensure your payment arrives safely and accurately. To complete the payment process, connect to Flywire.

 

All of the Above

Many student and their families will use a combination of financial aid, financing options, and direct payment to cover their total charges.  To avoid late payment fees and holds on the student account, it's important to communicate with our office on how you are planning to pay your bill, so that we can work with you on any missing pieces. Visit our billing page more information on the billing process at UVM.

 

Things to Consider

Assets/Savings:

Does the student or parent have savings which are intended for educational expenses?

Using assets intended for education in the early years will remove the assets from future consideration in the determination of financial aid eligibility. Further, this may reduce the need for loans in the early years of a students education. Loans borrowed may accrue interest so, limiting the amount of loan borrowing in the early years may save money over the long-term.

Federal loans vs. home equity:

Families frequently consider private loan financing options, including home equity loans, and loans against retirement accounts in addition to Federal loan options like the Direct PLUS loan. While, our office cannot make specific recommendations, here are some things to consider:

  • Apply for financial aid first. (Applying for aid will ensure you know all your options).
  • Compare interest rates and fees.
  • Consider the benefits of Federal debt.
  • Federal loans (such as the Direct PLUS loan) may initially appear more expensive than private debt such as a home equity loan however, Federal loans have the following features which many private loans do not:
    • Deferment options which allow you to suspend payments based on unemployment or economic hardship.
    • Parent PLUS loan borrowers can defer payments until six months after the benefiting student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time.
    • Federal loans are subject to cancelation if the borrower becomes permanently disabled or deceased.
    • Parent PLUS loans are canceled in the event the benefit student becomes deceased.