Admission Procedure

The application deadline for our training programs is October 1st each year. We close admissions after that date and begin the selection and interview process. We notify applicants of their status by November 1st.

Qualified applicants for our extended training programs (Family Herbalist & Clinical Herbalist) are those individuals who are prepared for and committed to the personal and academic journey that intensive study in healing work entails. We welcome students with prior training or self-study. You may submit documentation of prior learning and experience for review in order to enter into Year 2 (or Year 3 in exceptional circumstances) without completion of previous courses with VCIH.

In the spirit of Nature’s diversity, all individuals, regardless of race, color, religious or spiritual belief, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identification, or relationship to any individual member of VCIH are eligible for admission to our programs and for services in our clinic.


Please fill out the Application for Admission, which can be found in the left-hand sidebar of this page. Include a deposit of $250.00 for full-year enrollment to secure your place in the program; if no deposit is included, we cannot hold your space. The deposit is nonrefundable upon your acceptance into the program and will be applied to your tuition. In the event that you are not accepted, your deposit will be refunded to you in full. Application deadline is October 1st. Once an application is received, we will contact you to schedule a formal admissions interview. We strongly recommend that students visit VCIH in person, but the interview can also be conducted via phone if necessary.

Tuition & Payment

Year 1: $3300;  Year 2: $6500; Year 3: $4700*

*We apologize that this number was published incorrectly between June and October 2012. It is now accurate.

The above rates are current for the 2013 January-December year. Your tuition for all three years is “locked in” to the above prices once you receive admission to VCIH.

Tuition is due by the first day of classes for each year. Monthly payment plans are also available. VSAC grants are available for Vermont residents and will cover much of the tuition cost for each year. Please contact us for more information about either of these options.

Books and materials are not included in the cost of tuition. Costs for the first and third years are roughly $300.00; cost for the second year is roughly $500.00 (including expenses for field experience).

Refund Policy

Deposits are non-refundable at any time (unless a student is not accepted to a program). Any payments in addition to the deposit will be returned in full, regardless of when notice is given, prior to the beginning of class. Should a student choose to discontinue attending class, the remainder of the tuition can be pro-rated and applied to future VCIH programs for up to five years (excluding the deposit).

Course Changes and Cancellations

VCIH reserves the right to make changes to our curriculum as deemed necessary, without compromising our stated mission. In the unlikely event VCIH needs to cancel a program, students will receive notice 1 month in advance and will be issued a full refund for payments made.


VCIH does not provide housing for our students. The Montpelier area offers many rental opportunities for those relocating here. If you need rental information, please let us know and we will send you a list of local real estate sources. We do recommend strongly that students live within reasonable commuting distance so that they can participate not only in scheduled class time, but also in clinical observation and practice opportunities and community events held throughout each week.


Public transportation is available to Barre, Burlington, St. Johnsbury, and the Central Vermont Hospital. VCIH will help arrange car pools to and from field work and offsite clinic sessions and programs.


The offices and downtown classroom spaces for VCIH are located on the third floor of the Green Mountain Building. Indoor and outdoor staircases make access convenient in all seasons, but there is no elevator. Additionally, many classes are held in the forests and gardens of Central Vermont. If accessibility is a concern, please contact us so we can discuss possible accommodations.