The cost of participating in TREK varies according to the type of trip you choose. Additional program costs reflect the demand for specialized group equipment. More expensive options are in no way proportional to the amount of fun and experiential value that all TREK programs offer!

Fees cover the cost of food, lodging, transportation, group gear usage, watercraft rental, instruction, a t-shirt, and administrative costs necessary to run the program.



Please note 2018 Trip costs are being finalized - below are past year's costs for reference:

Service TREK
  > Animal Rescue Crew - $700
  > Better Burlington Crew - $700
  > Catamount Crew - $700
  > Farm & Food Crew - $700
  > Habitat for Humanity Crew - $700
  > State Park Crew - $700
Wilderness TREK
  > Canoeing - $750
  > Hiking - $700
  > Rock Climbing - $800
  > Sea Kayaking - $900
  > White Water Kayaking - $900
  > Transfer TREK - $700*
* For Incoming Transfer Students
  > ALANA Trek - $650*
* For ALANA (African, Latino(a), Asian, and Native American and Bi/Multiracial students) Identified Students
 > Interfaith TREK - $700



Payment for your TREK trip is expected at the time of registration.  The TREK Registration system accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.  Checks are also accepted.

If you are applying for Financial Support, a deposit of at least $100 will be required to save your spot on the trip of your choice.  Those registering for a waitlisted trip must also enter payment information to hold your spot should space become available.



Gear: Group gear is covered in the cost of your TREK program - but individual gear is not. Due to the growing number of TREK participants, TREKKIES must provide all personal equipment. After completion of your registration, you'll recieve a detailed supply list for your trip, which will include the "must have" items you'll need to be safe and comfortable during TREK. Please be aware that in some cases, students need to purchase additional equipment after receiving this list, incurring unanticipated expenses.

Note: Students must have proper equipment when they arrive at TREK check-in. Missing items will have to be purchased from local retailers prior to depature for your trip. Purchasing listed items at home will avoid additional expense and aggravation.



A limited amount of support in the form of reduced program fees is available for those in need of financial assistance in order to participate and/or bring a unique set of experiences to TREK (for example, a first generation college student, a member of a traditionally underrepresented group, and/or took a gap year).  Our ultimate goal is to work with ALL interested first-year students to make participation in TREK a reality.

During the online registration process, you will be able to indicate your request for financial support and will be prompted to write a short statement (no less than 200 words) describing:

  • Your interest in participating in TREK
  • An indication of your financial need, and/or
  • How you plan to contribute to your new UVM community.

Upon completion of your registration you will be required to pay a minimum deposit of at least $100 to hold your spot in your  first-choice TREK program. If you are granted support that covers the cost of your trip this deposit will be refunded to you.

For best consideration, applications are due on June 29.
Financial Support notifications will be sent to you by July 10 via the e-mail address you provide in your registration.



If your plans change and you need to cancel your TREK registration, you can easily do so by logging back into your registration and cancelling it.  Cancellations made before the registration deadline (June 29th at 5:00pm EST) will be fully refunded. Cancellations made between July 2 - July 16 will be refunded 50% and those made after July 16th, are not guaranteed and only granted at the discretion of the TREK Directors and our ability to fill vacated spaces in trips.

Cancellations of registrations made by credit card will be refunded less a 5% credit card processing fee.

Contact Us

For more information about the TREK Programs, Costs, and financial aid options, please contact us:

UVM Department of Student Life
590 Main Street, Room 310
Burlington VT 05405
(802) 656-2060

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