University of Vermont

The Graduate College

Additional Educational and Living Expenses

For tuition and fee charges, please see Graduate Student Tuition and Fees per Semester. The lower rates for Vermont residents are made possible by a subvention to the University from the State of Vermont.

Graduate Student Fees

Application Fee

All applications for admission must be accompanied by a $65 application fee. This fee is nonrefundable.

Continuous Registration Fee

Continuous registration is a status for graduate students who have completed all requirements of their program, but are still working on their thesis. The cost associated with continuous registration status depends on the level of work a student will perform during the semester: the equivalent of full-time, half-time, or less-than-half-time enrollment. Students who enroll in continuous registration and take additional credits, will be billed tuition and fees for both the continuous registration status and the additional enrolled credits. Please also note the Health Center Fee information in the Additional Fees section below.

Level of Effort Course Designation Continuous Registration Fee Graduate Student Senate Fee
Health Center Fee
Less-Than-Half-Time Effort
GRAD 901
See Health Center Fee information below
At least Half-Time, but less than Full-Time Effort
GRAD 902
$303 if UVM health insurance purchased
Full-Time Effort
GRAD 903

Comprehensive Fee

Students pay a Comprehensive Fee each semester according to the following schedule:

2013-2014 Academic Year
0.5 credits (including Continuous Registration): No Fee  
1 credit:  $10.00 6 credits: $404.00
2 credits: $20.00 7 credits: $455.00
3 credits: $30.00 8 credits: $504.00
4 credits: $40.00 9 - 11 credits: $866.00
5 credits: $362.00 12 or more credits: $866.00 (includes health fee)

Transportation Fee: A transportation fee is included in the full-time Comprehensive Fee.

Student Health Insurance

Through an arrangement with a commercial insurance company, students are able to procure health insurance that provides coverage for services beyond those offered by the Student Health Center. There is an additional charge for this extended coverage beyond the student health fee.

The 2013-14 annual premium for UVM student health insurance is $2,740, billed in two equal installments in the fall and spring semesters. Health insurance is mandatory for graduate students enrolled in 9 credit hours or more. Each year students must either elect to purchase the UVM health insurance, or waive the UVM health insurance by providing information about their current, non-UVM, insurance policy. Students must make this decision each year. Students enrolled in at least 5 credits may purchase the UVM health insurance. More details are available at the website of the Center for Health & Wellbeing.

Health Center Fee

The Health Center Fee is mandatory for students enrolled in 9 or more credits, including students enrolled in continuous registration at a full-time level of effort (GRAD 903). For students enrolled in only GRAD 903, the Health Center Fee of $303 per semester will be billed separately to the account. For students enrolled in 9 or more regular credits, the Health Center Fee is billed as part of the comprehensive fee which is $866 for 2013-14.

Students enrolled in 5 to 8.99 credits who choose to purchase the UVM health insurance will be billed the Student Health Center Fee $303 per semester. The enrollment of 5 to 8.99 credits may be from regular enrollment, enrollment in continuous regisration GRAD 902, or a combination of continuous registration and regular course enrollment.

Reactivation Fee

Reactivation following withdrawal or deactivation requires payment of a $40 reactivation fee.

Advanced Degree Fee

The fee charged to each advanced degree recipient is as follows:

  • Doctoral Degree: $25
  • Master's Degree (with thesis): $20
  • Master's Degree (without thesis): $10

This fee may be paid at any time but must be paid prior to the deadline established for submission of doctoral dissertations or master's theses for each of the three graduation periods.

It is the responsibility of the degree candidate to pay the appropriate advanced degree fee at the Graduate College Office, 330 Waterman, in order to have a degree awarded.

Housing and Living Expenses

A limited number of University-owned apartments are available for married and graduate students. The apartments are located at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester on a bus route five miles from the main campus. There is also dormitory-style housing adjacent to campus. For detailed information about either housing option, contact Residential Life, Robinson Hall, phone (802)656-3434, fax (802)656-1142, email: If considering University housing, contact the Housing Office as soon as possible.

Graduate students may participate in a variety of meal plans from Marriott Food Services and take their meals at a number of locations around campus.

Rents in the Burlington area vary from approximately $125 per week for a single furnished room to upwards of $1,200 per month for a two-bedroom apartment. A single student must expect minimum over all living expenses of approximately $1,000 per month.

Bill Adjustment

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 fully refunded.

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