Student Financial Services
UVM Scholarship Policies
Below are general University policies governing undergraduate, graduate, and medical scholarships. In addition to the policies listed below, please refer to your original scholarship award letter and any other accompanying literature (you can review the additional terms for some scholarships using the links on the right of this page). For policies governing how scholarships are classified and administered by the University, please see the University's policy on Awarding Scholarships and Prizes (pdf).
Additional Terms & Conditions
If you have been awarded one or more of the scholarships listed below, additional terms and conditions may accompany your scholarship. Click on the scholarship below to view the terms and conditions that accompanied your initial award letter:
General Scholarship Policies
A scholarship is defined as any form of award, payment, reimbursement or other transaction to a student for the purpose of aiding his/her study, training, or research, including but not limited to payments towards tuition, fees, living expenses, travel expenses, etc. Scholarships must be processed through Student Financial Services for financial aid considerations.
Scholarship eligibility will be re-evaluated based on changes to a student's residency classification (in-state versus out-of-state). Changes in residency classification may result in a loss or reduction of scholarship assistance.
Students receiving scholarships with GPA requirements will be reviewed at the end of each academic semester. To review the GPA requirement for a scholarship, click the link to the right for that scholarship, or contact Student Financial Services if the scholarship is not listed. Those students who fall below the minimum cumulative GPA will be sent a warning letter. Students on warning must achieve the minimum cumulative GPA by the end of the next semester. Failure to do so will result in termination of the scholarship. A termination letter will be sent to any student whose scholarship is terminated. (Cumulative GPA's are calculated according to the Registrar's Policy on Grades and GPA Calculation.)
A student's scholarship award may be reduced or cancelled if total gift aid (including: grants, scholarships, employer tuition benefits and VA educational benefits) exceeds the total cost of attendance as defined by the University.
- A student who has been offered a full-tuition scholarship by UVM and will also receive Tuition Remission, will have his/her scholarship reduced to the minimum amount of:
- $1,500 per year if the student was admitted to the University prior to the Fall 2010 semester.
- $3,000 per year if the student was admitted to the University for the Fall 2010 or Fall 2011 semesters.
- $4,500 per year if the student was admitted to the University for the Fall 2012 or Spring 2013 semester.
- $5,000 per year if the student was admitted to the University for the Fall 2013 semester or later.
For most undergraduate renewable UVM merit scholarships, continuous full-time enrollment is required to retain the scholarship. Full-time enrollment is defined as enrolling in 12 or more credits each semester. If applicable, this requirement is stated in the student's scholarship award letter or in the Terms & Conditions sent with the award letter. To find out if this is a requirement for a particular scholarship, click on the name of the scholarship on the right of this page, or contact Student Financial Services if the scholarship is not listed.
Graduate students must be enrolled in at least six credits to be eligible for scholarship assistance.
Scholarships may only be paid to a student for a maximum of eight semesters, unless stated otherwise. A student who finishes his/her course of study in less than eight semesters will not receive a refund of unused scholarship monies or an increase in their award amount for the enrolled semesters.
A student who will complete his/her program of study in fewer than eight full-time semesters, may enroll in fewer than 12 credits during the final semester and still retain his/her scholarship for that semester, provided he/she will graduate at the end of the semester. A student in this situation needs to obtain approval from Student Financial Services in order to retain his/her scholarship while enrolled less than full-time.
A student who has been awarded a one-year non-renewable scholarship may receive the full amount of the scholarship during the first semester if due to graduate in less than two semesters, provided he/she notifies Student Financial Services before he/she graduates.
Most UVM merit scholarships may be used while studying abroad for up to two semesters through a UVM bilateral exchange program, ISEP Exchange program, or Buckham, Oaxaca or Belize semester program. However, for out-of-state students, the amount of the scholarship may be prorated for the term of the study abroad program to account for the reduced tuition rate charged for these programs. Most UVM merit scholarships cannot be used to study abroad in approved programs sponsored by other U.S. institutions (external programs, including ISEP-Direct Enrollment programs). To find out about whether a specific UVM merit scholarship can be applied for a specific study abroad program, contact Student Financial Services.
A student may take an approved leave of absence (LA) for up to two consecutive semesters and still retain his/her scholarship. This leave of absence may include being a full-time student at another institution, provided the student receives permission for this from his/her Dean’s office.
A student who withdraws (WD), cancels (CA), becomes inactive (IS), enrolls less than full-time (when full-time enrollment is required for scholarship retention), or is suspended (SS) or dismissed (DS) from the University will lose his/her scholarship eligibility. A student who takes such a status due to medical reasons may appeal in writing to Student Financial Services to have his/her scholarship reinstated. The appeal must be submitted with supporting documentation, such as a letter from a doctor. In such a case, for there to be a possibility for reinstatement, a student's leave from the University cannot exceed two consecutive semesters.
Scholarships may not be applied to summer session courses. Scholarships may only be applied to fall and spring semesters. Rare exceptions may exist with Departmental or College based scholarship funds.
A student who defers his/her admission will retain his/her original merit scholarship offers.
A student who declines an initial offer of admission and accompanying scholarship offer will not retain his/her scholarship offer if he/she reapplies at a later date as a Transfer Student.
Last modified November 05 2012 12:01 PM