University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Financial Assistance


The Department has a limited number of assistantships available for qualified students. In addition, there are some grant-sponsored assistantships. Assistantship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 6 credits per semester to maintain a full-time status. Assistantship recipients may enroll in a maximum of 20 credit hours per year. A year is classified as starting in summer and includes fall and spring semesters. A student may take any combination of courses during a semester however most students generally enroll in 10 credits for fall and 10 during spring. If you are planning on taking a summer course, be advised that the number of "free" credits you will be allowed to take during the subsequent fall and spring semesters will be less than the standard 10 credits! A graduate student may take up to 8 credits during the summer which allows the minimum 6 credits to be taken during fall and 6 during the following spring). Registration is NOT required during either summer session for graduate students.

Students on a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) are provided with a tuition scholarship covering ONLY their thesis research credits (up to 12 credits/semester and 6 credits during summer). To be eligible for this additional benefit, the appropriate form must be filed with the Graduate College. "See appendix" for the forms. Students on a GRA must pay for course tuition credits at the "in-state" rate.

ALL graduate students must pay for any laboratory use fees associated with courses they are taking as well as a University-wide Facility Use Fee" (for use of the buses, library, athletic facilities, etc.)

Assistantships are awarded in exchange for half-time service in the Department’s research and teaching programs. Half-time service is equal to 20 hours per week. The workload for any specific week may vary depending upon the demands of the position and student academic commitments. Work schedules will be adjusted to accommodate the student’s academic needs.

Students on assistantships are awarded a 12-month contract and are paid bimonthly (the 1st and 15th of each month). You may have your paycheck direct-deposited to your local bank account. The time limits for which these assistantships are awarded are two years for a M.S. candidate and three years for a Ph.D. Monies may be available to extend a candidate’s funding beyond the standard award period but are not guaranteed. Appointments are made on an annual basis. Reappointment is subject to satisfactory performance and degree progress.

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