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
- Presidential Doctoral Fellowships in the Graduate College (for students starting their Ph.D. program in fall 2024)
- 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:
- CEE GAANN Fellowship
- CMB GAANN Fellowship
- Food Systems Research Center Funding Opportunities
I. Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA): A graduate student who holds a teaching or teaching-related appointment.
II. Graduate Research Assistant (GRA): A graduate student who receives financial support from internal or external research funds while performing research on projects for which the funds were awarded.
III. Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA): A graduate student, typically supported from a source external to their college/school, who performs duties to assist in the educational or research mission of the University, but does not teach a class, recitation, or laboratory.
|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.
|Full-time GAAs/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.
|Full-time GAAs/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 GAAs/GTAs/GRAs assignments require an effort of 20 hours of effort per week, on average, including adequate preparation time for teaching assignments. Fractional appointments should not exceed the corresponding fraction of the 20-hour standard.
|How to Apply
|Please contact the department you are enrolled in to inquire about available academic appointments.
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.
Scholarships a-z: database of scholarship and award opportunities available for students regardless of citizenship status
MPower Financing (for international students)
MPower Financing: a private lender that provides loans for international students
The Council of Graduate Schools has developed GradSense, a unique online education platform that provides students with financial information about a range of topics including the value of pursuing an advanced degree. Through interactive visualization tools and engaging infographics, students can use this site to better understand issues related to borrowing and spending, potential future earnings, and money management.