Helpful Resources as you Plan your Finances for Graduate School
Federal loans are the primary source of financial assistance for domestic graduate students. Below are some helpful links with information about student loans and other financial resources you can use to fund your graduate education. International and non-domestic students, please see the Resources for Searching for External Funding section for loan and scholarship options.
- Tuition and Fees
- Types of Federal Aid Available to Domestic Graduate Students
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Federal Direct Loans
- Loan repayment and graduating student information
Assistantships/Fellowships Available through UVM Resources
- The Gund Institute for Environment recruits outstanding domestic and international PhD candidates interested in conducting interdisciplinary research on major global environmental challenges. For timeframes and stipend amounts for Assistantships, please see the following links:
- The Fellowships, Opportunities and Undergraduate Research department (FOUR) lists nationally competitive scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors and graduate students.
- Individual departments and programs have Graduate Research Assistantships (GTA) or Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) as well. Please contact the department directly for more information.
- CEE GAANN Fellowship
- CMB GAANN Fellowship
- Food Systems Research Center Funding Opportunities
Tuition scholarships accompanying Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantships do not cover audits or physical education activity courses, nor do they cover courses numbered below 200 or 200-level courses not approved for graduate credit, except upon prior approval of the Dean of the Graduate College. Read more
Position Descriptions, Stipend Rates and Details
Graduate Assistant (GA): Graduate Assistantships are positions held within the university where students are supported from a source external from the college. Typical sources are research grants or Division of Student Affairs.
Graduate Teaching or Research Assistant (GTA or GRA): GTAs and GRAs are teaching and/ or research assignments allocated by various departments and programs who are offering graduate work.
|Stipend Rate||The minimum 9-month stipend is $20,888 for Master's students and $24,000 for doctoral students. The minimum 12-month stipend is $27,850 for Master's students and $32,000 for doctoral students.|
|Enrollment||Full-time GAs/GTAs/GRAs are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits per semester. Half-time assistants are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 5 credits per semester.|
|Tuition Scholarship||Full-time GAs/GTAs/GRAs are eligible to have 9 credits paid for per semester, while half-time assistants are eligible to have 6 credits paid for per semester.|
|Hours Per Week||Full-time GAs/GTAs/GRAs assignments require 20 hours of effort per week, while half-time assignments require 10 hours of effort per week.|
|How to Apply||Please contact the department you are enrolled in to inquire about available positions.|
Resources for Searching for External Funding
Scholarships a-z is a database of scholarship and award opportunities available for students regardless of citizenship status.
MPower Financing (for international students)
MPower Financing is a private lender that provides loans for international students.
Pivot (for admitted and enrolled students only)
The University of Vermont subscribes to Pivot-RP, a web-based funding and collaboration tool. Students are encouraged to sign up for a Pivot-RP user account to track, save and share funding opportunities. Visit the Research Development website for instructions on setting up your account and to request additional assistance with the database. This resource is available to anyone who has a current UVM email address.