UVM president recommends second year of tuition freeze

University of Vermont students could see no tuition increase for the 2021-2022 academic year, university president, Suresh Garimella said on Monday.

“No increase for undergraduate students, no increase for graduate students. No increase for in-state students, no increase for out-of-state students,” Garimella said in a news release.

Tuition for in-state UVM undergraduates has remained at $16,392 since the 2019-2020 academic year; for out-of-state students it is $41,280. In that time comprehensive fees for all students had increased from $2,410 to $2,670.

Garimella cited the school’s commitment to maintain “affordability and accessibility” for students and families, as well as the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as major reasons behind making the recommendation to the school’s Board of Trustees.


Students leave the University of Vermont’s Waterman Building in this 2010 file photo.

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“These moves on behalf of our students are an investment in our future and, if endorsed when the trustees meet in the spring, will mark three consecutive years of tuition being frozen at the same rate.”

The president additionally recommended that the trustees freeze room and board charges at their current average of $13,354, as well as reduce the student comprehensive fee.

Tuition rates for the academic year 2021-22 will be set when trustees meets during the spring semester of 2021. A tuition freeze would apply to all new and returning in-state and out-of-state students, both undergraduate and graduate, beginning in the fall of 2021.

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