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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 2021

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2018-19 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2021.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at 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 $21,119 and the average private school would be $28,260. 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 seem 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 the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
    • Tax planning
    • Student work
Cost of Vermont Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. 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 (2018-19)
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 2018-19 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2021. 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 $28,327 VT Private $64,752
$0 - $30k $13,768 $20,173
$30,001 – $48k $14,624 $23,304
$48,001 – $75k $17,859 $25,891
$75,001 – $110k $21,119 $28,260
$110,001+ $23,023 $39,874

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 $7,000-$17,000 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 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $12,314 $12,470
    Room and Board $10,598 $11,020
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,404 $1,404
    Total $25,316 $25,894
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,116 $13,415
    $30,001 - $48k $14,753 $15,090
    $48,001 - $75k $18,538 $18,961
    $75,001 - $110k $20,545 $21,014
    $110,001+ $21,205 $21,689
  • Johnson State College

    Johnson
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $12,074 $12,422
    Room and Board $10,600 $11,020
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,750 $1,750
    Total $25,424 $26,192
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,931 $13,322
    $30,001 - $48k $12,249 $12,619
    $48,001 - $75k $15,464 $15,931
    $75,001 - $110k $19,324 $19,908
    $110,001+ $20,573 $21,194
  • Vermont Technical College

    Randolph
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $15,108 $15,292
    Room and Board $10,598 $11,020
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,650 $1,650
    Total $28,356 $28,962
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,010 $17,374
    $30,001 - $48k $18,780 $19,181
    $48,001 - $75k $20,595 $21,035
    $75,001 - $110k $23,013 $23,505
    $110,001+ $23,563 $24,067
  • University of Vermont

    Burlington
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $18,276 $18,802
    Room and Board $12,492 $12,946
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,242 $2,272
    Total $34,210 $35,220
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,015 $12,370
    $30,001 - $48k $12,715 $13,090
    $48,001 - $75k $16,837 $17,334
    $75,001 - $110k $21,595 $22,233
    $110,001+ $26,751 $27,541

Private VT Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Bennington College

    Bennington
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $53,860 $55,950
    Room and Board $15,610 $16,200
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,800 $2,800
    Total $73,270 $75,950
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,511 $24,371
    $30,001 - $48k $22,730 $23,561
    $48,001 - $75k $26,022 $26,974
    $75,001 - $110k $27,823 $28,841
    $110,001+ $40,690 $42,178
  • Champlain College

    Burlington
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $41,010 $41,828
    Room and Board $15,354 $15,766
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,334 $2,346
    Total $59,698 $60,940
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $27,028 $27,590
    $30,001 - $48k $27,736 $28,313
    $48,001 - $75k $32,019 $32,685
    $75,001 - $110k $33,570 $34,268
    $110,001+ $38,601 $39,404
  • Marlboro College

    Marlboro
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $40,840 $27,485
    Room and Board $12,348 $12,595
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,070 $2,070
    Total $56,458 $43,350
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,116 $8,535
    $30,001 - $48k $23,419 $17,982
    $48,001 - $75k $18,494 $14,200
    $75,001 - $110k $23,307 $17,896
    $110,001+ $39,265 $30,149
  • Middlebury College

    Middlebury
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $54,450 $56,216
    Room and Board $15,530 $16,032
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $1,000 $1,000
    Total $71,980 $74,248
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,161 $6,355
    $30,001 - $48k $8,616 $8,887
    $48,001 - $75k $14,002 $14,443
    $75,001 - $110k $20,468 $21,113
    $110,001+ $40,687 $41,969
  • Norwich University

    Northfield
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $40,014 $41,496
    Room and Board $13,840 $14,352
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $2,700 $2,700
    Total $58,054 $60,048
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,015 $19,668
    $30,001 - $48k $18,644 $19,284
    $48,001 - $75k $21,774 $22,522
    $75,001 - $110k $24,890 $25,745
    $110,001+ $30,551 $31,600
  • Saint Michael's College

    Colchester
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $45,375 $47,045
    Room and Board $12,220 $12,950
    Books $1,200 $1,250
    Other Expenses $970 $950
    Total $59,765 $62,195
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,905 $19,674
    $30,001 - $48k $21,455 $22,327
    $48,001 - $75k $21,677 $22,558
    $75,001 - $110k $27,324 $28,435
    $110,001+ $33,487 $34,849
  • Landmark College

    Putney
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $56,800 $59,100
    Room and Board $11,840 $12,900
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $3,900 $3,900
    Total $74,040 $77,400
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $35,476 $37,086
    $30,001 - $48k $40,527 $42,366
    $48,001 - $75k $47,248 $49,392
    $75,001 - $110k $40,440 $42,275
    $110,001+ $55,837 $58,371
 

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