University of Vermont

Professional Development

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a certificate cost?

The entire cost of your certificate will depend on your residency status (in-state or out-of-state), how many courses you will need to take to complete the certificate, and when you choose to take those courses. In-state and out-of-state tuition and fee rates can be found on UVM’s Student Financial Services website. Students are able to take advantage of reduced tuition rates during the summer, with both in-state and out-of-state tuition reduced by 30% from the academic year rate. More information about summer tuition and fees can be found here. As a student officially enrolled in one of the TAACCCT certificate programs, you will have access to personalized academic and career counseling services at no extra charge (these services include assistance with resume and cover letter writing, interviewing prep, and internship and job shadowing placements), as well as one-on-one financial assistance coaching.

Is financial aid available?

Students who are completing a certificate program in order to prepare for a degree program may be eligible for federal financial aid for up to 12 continuous months (one calendar year). More information can be found on UVM’s Student Financial Services website. Students who are completing a certificate program, with or without the intention of preparing for a degree program, may also have access to grants, scholarships, or other types of aid. As a student in a TAACCCT certificate program, you are eligible for one-on-one coaching in financial aid opportunities and processes through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. You can also try researching options available through prominent organizations in the field that you are hoping to enter, such as the Society of Actuaries or the Casualty Actuarial Society for students in the Pre-Actuarial Certificate program.

Please note that a monthly payment plan is also available for students through UVM’s Student Financial Services office. More information can be found on UVM Student Financial Services' Paying for College website

Can I earn a certificate on-line?

Currently, the Pre-Actuarial Certificate is the only certificate program that can be completed entirely online. The other TAACCCT certificates available are offered on campus or in a hybrid (a combination of on-campus and online) format. We are working to provide more certificate options fully online in the near future – keep checking back for updates!

How do certificates differ from degrees?

Certificates are a great way to demonstrate continued or advanced study and specialization in a specific area. Certificate programs are shorter in duration than degree programs and are often more flexible, with students being able to tailor the timing and content of the program to meet their interests and goals. The application process tends to be simpler as well, allowing students to get started as soon as the next semester following submission of their application.

Will all the courses be offered every year?

We do our best to ensure that the courses required for certificate completion are offered at least once a year, if not more. However, make sure to work closely with your program advisor to establish an academic plan that will allow you take the courses you need when you need them.

Can I count a certificate toward a UVM degree program?

Almost all of the courses taken through a TAACCCT certificate program can be counted toward the completion of an undergraduate degree at UVM. The courses you complete may count towards major or minor requirements, or as elective credit. If you are hoping to have your certificate coursework contribute toward the completion of a degree, be sure to work closely with your program advisor to pick the courses that will best meet your goals.

What is the per credit tuition?

Spring ’17: In-state $629/credit. Out of state $1590/credit.
Summer ’17 tuition TBD

How long will it take to complete my program?

Two years or less and classes are available year round.

How many courses can I take at once?
Typically up to two courses.
If you wish to take more, you should speak with your advisor.

Are these programs offered online?
Yes. However, for those who wish to take classes in person, that is also an option.

I'm not sure of the courses I want to take. What programs do you offer?
An advisor can help you find a course or program to meet your needs. Every semester, we offer a variety of credit and non-credit courses and programs.

How much time a week is a typical online class?
Challenge of combining work, school, and family. Approximately 75% of our evening courses meet one night per week; 20% meet two nights per week. Several courses are also offered on Saturdays, in weekend intensives, or online.

How do I get my grade?
Grades are posted online in your UVM Portal. See directions here:

I don't have a bachelor’s degree. Can I still enroll in the program?
The Actuarial program requires a bachelor’s degree.
Computer Science does not.

Can I transfer in any courses that I've already taken? Can I substitute courses if I've already taken some of them?
You may transfer in one course for the Computer Science program, but not for others. No substitutions may be made for any program courses.

I am enrolled in a course, but I have to withdraw or drop the course. What should I do?
Call 800-639-3210 or 802-656-2085 and speak with an advisor.

How can I receive my UVM transcript?
Go to the UVM Registrar's Office website to learn how to request a transcript.

How do I apply for financial aid and GI benefits?

You can view information about financial aid opportunities and find out if you qualify by working with UVM's Student Financial Services office.

Last modified June 05 2017 01:41 PM