Medical Student Financial Services:
Tuition Billing and Aid Timelines

We understand the Vermont Integrated Curriculum does not operate on the traditional semester basis, however our billing and financial aid administration operates on a 6-month schedule comprised of fall and spring terms. There is no summer term/semester for medical students in regards to tuition billing and/or financial aid administration.

Actual tuition charges are housed on the main Student Financial Services website here.

 Fall SemesterSpring Semester
Covers coursework through:July 1 - December 31January 1 - June 30
Tuition Bills issued:Mid-JulyMid-December
Semester Payment Deadline:Mid-AugustMid-January
Financial Aid refunds:
(Direct Deposits for living expenses)
See belowSee below

The following chart illustrates direct deposit/refund timing and amounts based on your year in the curriculum:

Year in MD Curriculum:

Current 1st Years


Current 2nd  Years


Current 3rd Years


Current 4th Years


Fall '22 Refund Issued:

Early August (approx. 1 week prior to start of Orientation)Mid-August1st week of July1st week of July
Fall '22 Average Refund Amount: *

Fall '22 refund needs to last... 

Until January disbursement
(5 months)
Until January disbursement
(5 months)
Until January disbursement
(5 months)
Until January disbursement
(5 months)
Spring '23 Refund Issued:
1st week of January1st week of January1st week of January1st week of January
Spring '23 Average Refund Amount: *
$11,728$12,312VT Campus $13,659

CT Campus
VT Campus

CT Campus
Spring '23 refund needs to last...
Until mid-August fall disbursement
(7 months) unless you do summer credit-bearing activity, ie. summer research or global health
Until 1st week of July
(6 months)
Until 1st week of July
(6 months)
Until your first resident paycheck!
(6-7 months)
Noteworthy expenses to budget for

Step 1 study materials,

Curriculum Related Travel

Step 1 Board Exam fees,

Curriculum Related Travel

Step 2 Board Exam fees,

Curriculum Related Travel

Residency prep costs (ERAS, interview costs), Curriculum Related Travel

 *Disclaimers on average refund amount: Estimates above assume full loan package with an average loan origination fee. Actual aid types and amounts (that comprise your financial aid package) impact your estimated refund amount. Having campus health insurance also affects the estimated amount. Figures used reflect the 2021-2022 Financial Aid Budget. Contact us if you need assistance in estimating your actual refund amount.

Frequently asked questions regarding tuition cycles and financial aid disbursements:

Where can I find the breakdown of the action tuition bill and/or financial aid budget? Tuition and fee amounts, as well as detailed financial aid budgets, can be found here on the main Student Financial Services website.

Why do the refund amounts vary based on the year in curriculum? Living expense allotments are based on the number of weeks in the semester for your cohort. Typically, first years have 42 weeks of enrollment, second years have 43 weeks of enrollments, third years have 47 weeks of enrollment, and fourth years have 41 weeks of enrollment. This information is reported to the Office of Medical Student Education. The weekly allowance for living expenses is multiplied by the number of weeks you're expected to be enrolled; therefore, estimated refund amounts vary from year to year.

Does my financial aid cover the whole 12-month year? Per federal regulations, financial aid can only cover living expenses for the time period you are enrolled. Because the medical curriculum does not cover the full 52 weeks due to vacations and other breaks, this means financial aid cannot cover a full 12 months.

What if the estimated refund amount is too much or too little? If the estimated refund is more than you need, be sure to accept a partial amount within your financial aid package (this is done in the myUVM portal under the Student Financial Services tab; click "View My Award"). If your refund is too little, contact us about the possibility of a cost-of-attendance increase (appeal).

Are direct deposit and refunds the same thing? Yes. When we issue a refund via direct deposit, it is because total sources of aid or payments have exceeded the charges owed to the University. When a student receives a refund via direct deposit, that funding can be used for living expenses.

Can I have a check mailed to me instead of it being sent via direct deposit? We ask students to sign up for direct deposit in myUVM within the Student Financial Services tab. Direct deposit is the securest and fastest way to receive your refund.

What happens if I need a refund for living expenses, but have a 3rd party payment on my account in addition to my own financial aid disbursements? If charges and payments exceed what is owed to the University, any 3rd party payer will be refunded when overpayment exceeds $5,000. If the overpayment is less than $5,000 the student will be refunded, assuming one sort of financial aid is at least $5,000.

If I originally decline part of my aid, can I request a disbursement at any time? Yes, assuming you are actively enrolled at the time you request a disbursement.

How do I receive my bill? We upload PDF billing statements via the myUVM portal. Paper bills are not sent. You will receive an email notification when a bill is ready to view. If you have designated a Proxy, they will also receive your bill and associated viewing options.

What happens if I miss the payment deadline? A $250 late fee may be assessed. You can appeal late fees here.

What if I engage in summer research in between my first and second year? You are eligible for an extra disbursement in late June if you are accepted into a summer research program of which includes a summer grant payment to cover living expenses.

What if I deviate from the curriculum, such as withdraw or take a leave of absence? We recommend you review the Student Handbook Policy 942: MD Tuition Billing and Refund Protocol for more detailed information, in addition to speaking with the Medical Student Financial Services Coordinator about any unique situation you may be in.