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Scholarships can help you pay for college. 

Learn about University policies for undergraduate, graduate, and medical scholarships to keep your award in good standing.



General Policies

A scholarship is defined as any form of award, payment, reimbursement or other transaction to a student for the purpose of aiding a student's 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.

Renewal Eligibility

  • Students receiving scholarships with GPA requirements will be reviewed at the end of each academic year. Failure to meet the scholarship terms will result in withdrawal of the scholarship.  An email notification will be sent to any student whose scholarship is withdrawn.  (Cumulative GPA's are calculated according to the Registrar's Policy on Grades and GPA Calculation.)
  • For most undergraduate renewable UVM merit scholarships, continuous full-time enrollment (defined as enrolling in 12 more credits each semester) is required to retain the scholarship. If applicable, this requirement is stated in the student's terms and conditions of the scholarship award letter. To find out if this is a requirement for a particular scholarship, click on the name of the scholarship listed below under Additional Terms & Conditions, 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.
  • A student who will complete their program of study in fewer than eight full-time semesters, may enroll in fewer than 12 credits during the final semester and still retain their scholarship for that semester, provided they 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 their 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 they notify Student Financial Services before they graduate.

Length of Scholarship

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.

Residency Classification

Scholarship eligibility will be re-evaluated based on changes to a student's residency classification (Vermont versus out-of-state). Changes in residency classification may result in a loss or reduction of scholarship assistance.

Gift Aid Tolerance

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.

Relationship to Need-Based Financial Aid

As a merit scholarship, your award is not based on need or financial aid eligibility. If you apply/have applied for need-based financial aid at the University, you will receive more information on your total financial aid package directly from Student Financial Services. Your scholarship will be calculated into your overall aid package.

Merit Scholarship & UVM or Vermont State College Tuition Remission

A student who has been offered a scholarship by UVM and will also receive UVM Tuition Remission, will have their scholarship reduced to $2,000 per year if the student was admitted to the University for the Spring 2016 semester or later.

Merit Scholarship & NEBHE RSP Tuition Break

Starting for students admitted Fall 2019 or later, a student who has been offered a Presidential or Trustees scholarship by UVM and will also receive the NEBHE tuition break, will have their scholarship reduced by 30%. This reduction reflects a proration of the scholarship based on the reduced tuition rate with the NEBHE tuition credit. Your full merit scholarship amount will be reinstated if you are determined ineligible for the tuition break as a result of course enrollment or change to a non-eligible major.

Summer Session

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.

Study Abroad

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 the Buckham or Costa Rica UVM semester programs. However, for out-of-state students participating in an exchange program, the amount of the scholarship may be reduced for the term of the study abroad program to account for any reduced tuition rate charged for any of 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.

Leaves of Absence & Withdrawing

  • A student may take an approved leave of absence (LA) for up to two consecutive semesters and still retain their scholarship provided they meet the minimum cumulative grade-point-average requirement. 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.

Deferred/Declined Initial Offer of Admission

  • A student who defers admission will retain their original merit scholarship offers.
  • A student who declines an initial offer of admission and accompanying scholarship offer will not retain their scholarship offer if they reapply at a later date as a transfer student.