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The College of Education and Social Services (CESS) offers several tuition scholarship programs for students who are applying to or currently enrolled in the following graduate programs: Counseling (MS), Curriculum and Instruction (MEd), Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (MEd), Higher Education and Student Affairs (MEd), Interdisciplinary Studies (MEd), Middle and Secondary Level Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Social Work (MSW), and Special Education (MEd). Students applying to our Certificates of Graduate Study or the Micro-Certificate of Graduate Study are also eligible.

For more information about our graduation tuition scholarships, please open the respective accordions below. You may also contact the respective programs or our Graduate Programs Administrative Coordinator Roman Vogel at rgvogel@uvm.edu. The UVM Graduate College website also has information about funding your graduate degree .

Graduate Impact Scholarships

The College of Education and Social Services (CESS) provides the Graduate Impact Scholarship on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Tuition awards are meant to attract and retain exceptional students to UVM as well as reward meritorious achievement by existing graduate students.

Eligibility Criteria

Preference will be given to students who meet both of the following criteria:

  1. Those whose presence will positively impact the academic integrity, culture and quality of the CESS graduate student community, as indicated by faculty evaluation of the candidate’s application to and/or performance in graduate school.
  2. Those with demonstrated financial need, as indicated by a statement of purpose for financial need and a FAFSA form.*

To apply for a tuition award based on these criteria, students complete the CESS General Application Form for Scholarship Assistance, and submit a FAFSA form. Applicants who are offered financial support are typically notified at the time of admission and generally must accept or decline the offer by a stated deadline. Financial assistance is typically offered a period of one year, renewable through the duration of the program based on satisfactory performance and available funding.

*Students completing a FAFSA form should follow all instructions, and avoid the two most common submission errors:

  • First, students should insure that they select the University of Vermont (federal school code 003696) as the receiving school.
  • Second, students should complete the FAFSA for the year in which they are starting the program. For example, if matriculating in the fall semester 2023, then you will need to submit the 2023-24 FAFSA (which covers fall, spring and summer of the 2023-24 academic year). If students plan to matriculate in the spring or summer of 2023, then they need to submit the FAFSA for the current academic year of 2022-23. Financial need is determined on an annual basis, thus we cannot determine your need for a particular academic year if you do not file the FAFSA for that year.

Inclusive Excellence Scholarships

The College of Education and Social Services (CESS) created the Graduate Tuition Scholarship for Inclusive Excellence to support graduate students from historically underrepresented populations in graduate school. This scholarship aims to increase the recruitment and retention of students who contribute to the diversity of our student body, the CESS graduate student community, and share in our commitment to create an affirming and inclusive environment. Finally, this scholarship seeks to recruit students with consideration of how their diverse identities, experiences, and perspectives contribute to their purpose in pursuing a CESS graduate program.

Eligibility Criteria

Preference will be given to students that meet both of the following criteria:

  1. Those from historically underrepresented and marginalized populations including but not limited to: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous/Alaskan Indigenous, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Asian American, Bi/Multiracial students -OR- are a first-generation college student, with neither parent/legal guardian (or the parent/legal guardian, as applicable) holding an undergraduate Baccalaureate degree.
  2. Those with demonstrated financial need, as indicated by a statement of purpose for financial need and a FAFSA form.*

To apply for a tuition award based on the criteria above, students complete the CESS General Application Form for Scholarship Assistance. Applicants who are offered financial support are typically notified at the time of admission and generally must accept or decline the offer by a stated deadline. Financial assistance is typically offered a period of one year, renewable through the duration of the program based on satisfactory performance and available funding.

Applicants for the Inclusive Excellence Award may concurrently apply for a CESS Impact Award.

*Students completing a FAFSA form should follow all instructions, and avoid the two most common submission errors:

  • First, students should insure that they select the University of Vermont (federal school code 003696) as the receiving school.
  • Second, students should complete the FAFSA for the year in which they are starting the program. For example, if matriculating in the fall semester 2023, then you will need to submit the 2023-24 FAFSA (which covers fall, spring and summer of the 2023-24 academic year). If students plan to matriculate in the spring or summer of 2023, then they need to submit the FAFSA for the current academic year of 2022-23. Financial need is determined on an annual basis, thus we cannot determine your need for a particular academic year if you do not file the FAFSA for that year.

UVM Yellow Ribbon Scholarships

We value the commitment of those that have served in the United States Armed Services, and welcomes their pursuit of graduate coursework and degree programs in our College.

Eligibility Criteria

The Yellow Ribbon Award is administered through the UVM Graduate College and is granted to eligible out-of-state graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. The Yellow Ribbon Award matches tuition support to students that currently hold a scholarship award from the United States Veteran’s Administration.

National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarships - for Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Secondary Education only

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Scholarship Program strives to address the shortage of qualified K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science educators teaching in underserved and underrepresented schools in the US. The Noyce Program at UVM functions to award competitive scholarships to our Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education applicants interested in teaching STEM in grades 7-12.

Eligibility Criteria

Noyce scholarship recipients (scholars) must commit to teaching for two years as a STEM teacher in a high-need local educational agency (LEA) within 4 years of graduation or completion of the program for which the scholarship was awarded. Learn more about the scholarship eligibility and application process by visiting the Noyce Scholarship page.

Vermont Trauma, Resiliency, and Equity Education (VT-TREE) Grants

The Vermont Trauma, Resiliency, and Equity Education (VT-TREE) initiative provides training grants funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help diversifying the behavioral health workforce. The grant provides a direct stipend of $10,000 to second year Master of Social Work (MSW) and Counseling (MS) students who are already admitted to the respective graduate program at the University of Vermont.

Visit the VT-TREE web page to learn more and apply.  

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantship Application

The College of Education and Social Services has a number of Research and Teaching Assistantship opportunities that are often filled by incoming or current graduate students. We use this application form to collect information about students and their willingness and abilities to assist in both teaching and research opportunities as they arise. The information will aid us in matching possible opportunities to interested students throughout the academic year.

Eligibility

This form may be completed by current applicants to a CESS graduate program OR by students who are currently matriculated the University of Vermont. Applications will be reviewed both with new program applications, and periodically through the school year as new opportunities emerge.

Opportunities

Available assistantships vary from year to year, and new opportunities arise throughout the academic year. The Office of Graduate Student and Program Services maintains a listing of available opportunities arranged by Department and Graduate Program. Opportunities range from hourly employment to research or teaching assistantships that are most often coupled with stipends and tuition packages.

Application and Selection Process

Please fill out the CESS Graduate Research and Teaching Asssistantship Application to express your interests, skills, and availability. We will use this information to match with faculty and course opportunities as they arise throughout the year.

 

Students must remain in good academic standing and maintain appropriate progression toward degree completion to receive CESS graduate tuition scholarships. The amount of financial aid awarded to a student from all sources in a given year cannot exceed the estimated annual costs of attending.

Deadlines to Apply for CESS Scholarships

Scholarship decisions are made only after a student has been admitted to a graduate program. You are encouraged to apply for a CESS Scholarship as soon as you apply to the program, but you are welcome to apply AT ANY TIME before the final deadline for each program as listed below:

  • December 16 for ALL spring applications
  • January 4 for Social Work Advanced Standing Students (MSW) ONLY
  • January 15 for Counseling (MS)
  • March 1 priority deadline for Curriculum and Instruction (MEd), Education Leadership & Policy Studies (MEd), Interdisciplinary Studies (MEd), Middle Level Education (MAT), Secondary Education (MAT), and Special Education (MEd).
  • March 15 for Social Work (MSW)
  • May 1 final deadline for Curriculum and Instruction (MEd), Education Leadership & Policy Studies (MEd), Higher Education & Student Affairs (MEd), Interdisciplinary Studies (MEd), Middle Level Education (MAT), Secondary Education (MAT), Special Education (MEd). and all Certificates of Graduate Study (CGS, M-CGS).