Jan 20, 2022  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition and Fees

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Estimated Costs of Attendance


Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the fee descriptions, payment and refund policies. The following schedule lists full-time tuition and basic fees in effect for the 2012-2013 academic year. Tuition, fees, room, and board are subject to change without notice due to reconsideration by the Board of Trustees.


Vermont Residents


Out-of-State Residents


NEBHE Students

  Total   Fall
  Total   Fall
Tuition    $4,464    $4,464    $8,928    $9,600    $9,600    $19,200    $6,696    $6,696    $13,392
Student Activity Fee   118    118    236    118    118     236    118    118    236
Capital Development Fee   350   350   700   350   350   700   350   350   700
Health Insurance*   2,133          2,133    2,133          2,133    2,133          2,133
Sub-Total (Commuter)   $7,065    $4,932    $11,997    $12,201   $10,068    $22,269    $9,297    $7,164    $16,461
Room (Double)   2,616    2,616    5,232    2,616    2,616    5,232    2,616    2,616    5,232
Board (Gold Plan**)   1,777    1,777    3,554    1,777    1,777    3,554    1,777    1,777    3,554
Total (On Campus)   $11,458    $9,325    $20,783    $16,594    $14,461    $31,055    $13,690    $11,557    $25,247

Other Estimated Fees

Application Fee
(due when applying for admission)
   $44      Overload Fee (per credit hour in excess of 18 per semester):

Degree Audit Fee (for Graduation)

  $82   In-State    $372
Late Registration Fee   $54   Out-of-State   $800
Late Financial Clearance Fee (per each notification)   $100   NEBHE   $558
Matriculation Fee   $300   Annual Additional Charges for Single Room
(if available)
Change of Course (after normal add/drop period)   $20   Annual Single Room Suite Rate (Rita Bole)   $7,290

*Required of all full-time students if not covered by another medical plan.  Fee amount subject to change pending federal health reform effective date.
**Gold Plan includes unlimited number of meals plus $100 per year declining balance plan.

Per Credit Tuition and Fees

Students registered for 12 credit hours or more are full-time students, and current expenses are set forth under “Other Estimated Fees” above. Students registered for fewer than 12 credit hours are considered part-time students and are charged on a per credit basis as follows:

Tuition            Fees    
  In-State    $372    Student Activity Fee    $10
  Out-of-State   $800        
  NEHBE   $558        

Vermont State Colleges In-State Residency Requirement Policy


The following requirements must be met by a student prior to being granted resident status for the purpose of admission, tuition and other VSC charges:

The applicant shall be domiciled in Vermont, said domicile having been continuous for one year immediately prior to the date of enrollment unless the student has been in the Armed Services, Peace Corps, or other recognized national service organization, and has retained Vermont as his/her permanent address during the period of absence, and has returned to Vermont immediately following discharge from these services. Changes in residency status shall become effective for the semester following the date of reclassification. Domicile shall mean a person’s true, fixed and permanent home, to which he intends to return when absent. A residence established for the purpose of attending an educational institution or qualifying for resident status for tuition purposes shall not of itself constitute domicile. Domicile shall not be dependent upon the applicant’s marital status.

A student enrolling at the Vermont State Colleges shall be classified by the college’s Admissions Office as a resident or nonresident for tuition purposes. The decision shall be based upon information furnished by the student and other relevant information.

The burden of proof shall, in all cases, rest upon the student claiming to be a Vermont resident and shall be met upon a presentation of clear and concurring evidence.

The classification of a student as a resident or nonresident may be appealed in writing to the college’s Dean of Administration. The dean is authorized to require such written documents, affidavits, verifications or other evidence as deemed necessary. Further appeal of a student’s residency classification may be made in writing to the Office of the Chancellor. The decision of the Office of the Chancellor shall be final.

Explanation of Fees


Room and Board

Room (housing) is applicable to all full-time, unmarried, non-local, matriculated residents as a condition of admission and enrollment, to the extent that campus housing is available. Students residing on campus are billed for a meal plan and may also purchase additional meal points. After the opening of a semester, any student who moves out of college residential halls without permission of the Director of Residential Life may not be entitled to receive any refund of room charges. Commuters may purchase meal points for use at the snack bar or college dining hall at discounted rates.

Student Activity Fee

Established by vote of the student body, this fee covers the expense of student clubs, activities, and publications. Also covered is admission to most concerts, dramatic productions, films, lectures, and other campus cultural events and recreational/social activities. Student teachers who are assigned to schools more than 40 miles from the LSC campus may request exemption from payment of the student activity fee.

Capital Development Fee

The capital development fee offsets costs of major campus facility improvements, such as new building construction and major renovations. For the 2012-13 academic year the fee is $350 per semester for full-time matriculated students and $26 per credit hour for part-time matriculated students.

Application Fee

This fee is required when a prospective student applies for admission to the College. Applications that are not accompanied by the fee will not be processed.

Health Insurance Fee

Health insurance is mandatory for all full-time students not otherwise covered.  All fulltime student accounts are charged with the health insurance fee at the time of registration.  If a student already has insurance, an online insurance waiver must be completed through Web Services. 

Late Registration Fee

This fee is an additional charge for students who do not complete their semester’s class registration process by the published deadline.

Matriculation Fee

This fee is payable by all new, incoming students, including transfer students, to cover costs associated with registration, orientation, and testing.

Degree Audit Fee

All seniors are charged a degree audit fee prior to graduation to ensure that graduation requirements are met.

Overload Charge

This is charged to students taking more than 18 credits in a semester. The charge is per credit at the rate set forth in the preceding table “Other Fees.”


Students accepted for admission to the College are required to send a $200 deposit by May 1, which is applied toward tuition and fees. After May 1, this deposit is non-refundable. If a student intends to live on campus, a $100 nonrefundable deposit is required by May 1 to reserve a room.

Course Fees

Course fees are charged for select courses, as indicated in the course descriptions. Fees are specified in each semester’s schedule of courses.

Auto and Motorcycle Registration

There is no charge for registration or annual renewal. Fines may be imposed for the violation of campus parking and traffic regulations. Unregistered vehicles are subject to a $5 fine.

Damage Assessment

Students may be required to pay for the replacement or repair of college property damaged through their negligence or carelessness. Note: No waiver of fees or fee regulations may be authorized by an official of the College other than the President or Dean of Administration.

Excess Credit Policy

Supplemental billings for excess tuition and for lab fees are issued at the end of the two-week free add period, at which time students are financially responsible for the total number of credit hours and laboratory courses in which they are then enrolled.

If you believe that there has been an incorrect charge for an overload, you should first try to resolve the problem directly with the Student Financial Services Office. If a satisfactory result is not obtained, a written appeal should be made to: Dean of Administration - for appeals based on incorrect charge of tuition or similar financial reasons; or Dean of Academic and Student Affairs - for appeals based on incorrect recording of class load or similar academic reasons.

Billing for Courses Added or Dropped

During the first two weeks of classes there is no charge for adding or dropping a course. There will be no adjustment of tuition and fees for course(s) dropped after the second week of classes. At the end of the add period, students are financially responsible for the total number of credit hours for which they are then enrolled.  Any changes in courses after the add/drop period will be subject to an administrative charge that will be added to the student’s account.

Auditing Courses

Students may audit courses with the approval of the Registrar and the instructor concerned. No credit is received for audited courses, and tuition is charged at 50 percent of the applicable rate. All fees are charged at full cost. After the period to add a course, no change will be made either to allow credit for a course audited, or to change a regular course to the status of an audited course. The remaining tuition may not be reduced by any other tuition waiver.

Tuition Waivers For Senior Citizens

Vermont citizens who are 65 years or older are eligible for a tuition waiver within the Vermont State Colleges system for up to two courses per enrollment period.  To be eligible, senior citizens must be non-matriculated and may not take the place of a paying student in courses with enrollment limits.  Eligible persons must pay relevant registration and course fees and shall not be entitled to any other college service or benefit except for those services or facilities otherwise available to the public at-large.

Payment Policy

As a condition of enrollment, all semester charges are due and payable in full by the financial clearance date (approximately two weeks prior to the first day of classes).

The college reserves the right to cancel prior registration and to require you to re-register if tuition and fees are not paid in advance or if classes are not attended in the first week of the semester.

Financial delinquency may serve as a basis for dismissal, and financially delinquent students will be denied enrollment for succeeding semesters, issuance of grades or transcripts, or graduation. Collection costs may be added to delinquent accounts. The college offers a tuition payment plan; for details please contact the Student Services Office.

Late Payment/Financial Clearance Fee

A late payment fee will be charged if financial clearance from the Student Financial Services Office is not received by the financial clearance date which is published on our website or in enclosures mailed to the student.  This date is typically two to three weeks prior to the first day of classes.  Additional late fees may be assessed for accounts that remain uncleared.  Financial clearance means that all semester charges and any previously due balances are:

  1. paid in full,
  2. covered by financial aid grants and loans,
  3. covered by confirmation of participation in the monthly payment plan for tuition and fees sufficient to cover the semester’s charges, or
  4. covered by any combination of the above.