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Net Price of Vermont Colleges by Income

Cost of Vermont Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $20,166 and the average private school would be $27,395. You can also get information on specific Vermont schools in the chart above or the tables below.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seemed large, how can families afford to pay it?

    For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • college savings and investments
    • payments from current income
    • loans
    • outside scholarships (check out our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of Vermont Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of Vermont (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $17,740
Room and Board $12,022
Books $1,200
Other Expenses $2,312
Total $33,274

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income VT Public $27,102 VT Private $56,673
$0 - $30k $13,102 $17,595
$30,001 – $48k $14,344 $19,653
$48,001 – $75k $17,353 $24,844
$75,001 – $110k $20,166 $27,395
$110,001+ $22,465 $35,894

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Vermont public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $5,000-$14,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in Vermont. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public VT Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Castleton University

    Castleton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,970 $12,314
    Room and Board $10,290 $10,598
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,404 $1,404
    Total $24,664 $25,316
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,560 $12,892
    $30,001 - $48k $13,886 $14,253
    $48,001 - $75k $16,472 $16,907
    $75,001 - $110k $20,176 $20,709
    $110,001+ $21,222 $21,783
  • Johnson State College

    Johnson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,730 $12,074
    Room and Board $10,290 $10,600
    Books $1,200 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,750 $1,750
    Total $24,970 $25,424
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,333 $12,557
    $30,001 - $48k $12,863 $13,097
    $48,001 - $75k $16,409 $16,707
    $75,001 - $110k $18,466 $18,802
    $110,001+ $20,265 $20,633
  • Lyndon State College

    Lyndonville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,730 $12,074
    Room and Board $10,290 $10,600
    Books $1,200 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,750 $1,750
    Total $24,970 $25,424
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,333 $12,557
    $30,001 - $48k $12,863 $13,097
    $48,001 - $75k $16,409 $16,707
    $75,001 - $110k $18,466 $18,802
    $110,001+ $20,265 $20,633
  • Vermont Technical College

    Randolph
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $14,690 $15,108
    Room and Board $10,290 $10,598
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,650 $1,650
    Total $27,630 $28,356
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,423 $15,828
    $30,001 - $48k $18,057 $18,531
    $48,001 - $75k $20,670 $21,213
    $75,001 - $110k $23,338 $23,951
    $110,001+ $24,441 $25,083
  • University of Vermont

    Burlington
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $17,740 $18,276
    Room and Board $12,022 $12,492
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,312 $2,242
    Total $33,274 $34,210
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,859 $13,221
    $30,001 - $48k $14,052 $14,447
    $48,001 - $75k $16,803 $17,276
    $75,001 - $110k $20,386 $20,959
    $110,001+ $26,133 $26,868

Private VT Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Bennington College

    Bennington
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $51,920 $53,860
    Room and Board $15,040 $15,610
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,800 $2,800
    Total $70,760 $73,270
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,523 $20,216
    $30,001 - $48k $21,389 $22,148
    $48,001 - $75k $24,578 $25,450
    $75,001 - $110k $29,489 $30,535
    $110,001+ $42,584 $44,095
  • Champlain College

    Burlington
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $39,818 $41,010
    Room and Board $14,906 $15,354
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,308 $2,334
    Total $58,032 $59,698
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $25,847 $26,589
    $30,001 - $48k $30,603 $31,482
    $48,001 - $75k $36,957 $38,018
    $75,001 - $110k $36,860 $37,918
    $110,001+ $40,441 $41,602
  • Green Mountain College

    Poultney
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $37,252 $37,080
    Room and Board $11,722 $11,722
    Books $0 $0
    Other Expenses $1,550 $1,550
    Total $50,524 $50,352
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,790 $12,746
    $30,001 - $48k $14,219 $14,171
    $48,001 - $75k $23,150 $23,071
    $75,001 - $110k $22,075 $22,000
    $110,001+ $29,262 $29,162
  • Marlboro College

    Marlboro
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $40,425 $40,840
    Room and Board $11,930 $12,348
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,070 $2,070
    Total $55,625 $56,458
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,230 $12,413
    $30,001 - $48k $11,915 $12,093
    $48,001 - $75k $17,400 $17,661
    $75,001 - $110k $16,144 $16,386
    $110,001+ $32,742 $33,232
  • Middlebury College

    Middlebury
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $52,496 $54,450
    Room and Board $14,968 $15,530
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,000 $1,000
    Total $69,464 $71,980
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $5,381 $5,576
    $30,001 - $48k $6,820 $7,067
    $48,001 - $75k $13,927 $14,431
    $75,001 - $110k $23,392 $24,239
    $110,001+ $42,242 $43,772
  • Norwich University

    Northfield
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $38,662 $40,014
    Room and Board $13,372 $13,840
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $2,700 $2,700
    Total $56,234 $58,054
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,933 $20,578
    $30,001 - $48k $21,395 $22,087
    $48,001 - $75k $23,212 $23,963
    $75,001 - $110k $25,682 $26,513
    $110,001+ $31,408 $32,425
  • Saint Michael's College

    Colchester
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $43,640 $45,375
    Room and Board $11,750 $12,220
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $970 $970
    Total $57,560 $59,765
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,674 $21,466
    $30,001 - $48k $23,497 $24,397
    $48,001 - $75k $25,011 $25,969
    $75,001 - $110k $26,691 $27,713
    $110,001+ $35,337 $36,691
  • College of St Joseph

    Rutland
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $24,000 $18,520
    Room and Board $11,900 $12,000
    Books $1,300 $1,300
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $39,200 $33,820
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,300 $14,926
    $30,001 - $48k $17,259 $14,890
    $48,001 - $75k $34,515 $29,778
    $75,001 - $110k $22,805 $19,675
    $110,001+ $23,472 $20,251
  • Southern Vermont College

    Bennington
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $24,775 $25,511
    Room and Board $11,000 $11,000
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,000 $1,000
    Total $37,775 $38,511
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,737 $16,044
    $30,001 - $48k $21,866 $22,292
    $48,001 - $75k $18,169 $18,523
    $75,001 - $110k $30,097 $30,683
    $110,001+ $29,456 $30,030
  • Landmark College

    Putney
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $54,750 $56,800
    Room and Board $11,410 $11,840
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $3,900 $3,900
    Total $71,560 $74,040
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $26,532 $27,451
    $30,001 - $48k $27,565 $28,520
    $48,001 - $75k $31,517 $32,609
    $75,001 - $110k $40,718 $42,129
    $110,001+ $51,994 $53,796
 

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