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More than 900 parents and students joined VSAC this year for our three College Pathways events to learn about:

  • financial aid and college costs
  • applying to college, step by step
  • your college search — what to consider & tools to use (even when undecided)
  • tackling the college admissions essay
  • strategies for the SAT/ACT
  • searching for scholarships … and more!

Did you miss the events this year? Use the resources on this page to support your family in planning and paying for college.

 

Thanks to all of our attendees and presenters for making the 16th annual College Pathways series another success!

What is College Pathways?

What is College Pathways?

A free conference to introduce and guide you through the college process. 

  • How do you cover college expenses?
  • Not sure how to create a college list that fits you?
  • Looking for SAT and ACT test-taking strategies?
  • Wondering what colleges look for in a college admissions essay?
  • Concerned about whether or not you are college material?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, plan to join us!

Who should attend?

High school sophomores: Get an introduction to the process and start your planning.

High school juniors: Focus your college planning.

High school parents/Guardians: Learn about resources and expectations so you can support your student.

When and where are the events?
Typically, we offer multiple events during the spring each year. Each event is held on a college campus to give you hands-on exposure to a campus environment. We attempt to avoid conflicts with other events, whenever possible. We’ll soon be planning for 2018. Check back in September for an update.

Click on the solid green section to expand or compress each of the resource categories.

Workshops on Financial Aid

FINANCIAL AID & MANAGING COLLEGE COSTS

Presenter Powerpoint

The Financial Aid Process

Presenter Handout: Managing College Costs

FAFSA.gov

Online Videos

Having the Money Conversation

College Navigator

VSAC's Paying for College Guide

VSAC’s Scholarships Booklet

My Education Loans — VSAC's Education Loan Guide

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Presenter Powerpoint

Presenter Handout: Learning About Scholarships

Tips & timelines

College Board Scholarship Search

Cappex Scholarship Search

Fastweb Scholarship Search

Workshop on the College Search

FINDING COLLEGES THAT FIT

Presenter Powerpoint

College Comparison Chart

Links to Colleges in Vermont

Top Myths of College

Workshops on Applying to College

ACE THE INTERVIEW

Presenter Powerpoint

Campus Visits & Admissions Interviews   

Prepare for a Job Interview

Monster.com’s List of Soft Skills for the Workplace

 

THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS: STEP BY STEP

Presenter Powerpoint

The Application Process

College Admissions Toolkit

College Board’s Make a Plan

Surviving the College Admissions Madness

 

APPLYING TO SELECTIVE COLLEGES

Presenter Powerpoint

How to Get Accepted into Highly Selective Colleges

 

STRATEGIES FOR THE SAT & ACT

Presenter Powerpoint

Presenter Handout: Test tips and strategies

www.actstudent.org

www.collegeboard.com

 

WRITING THE ADMISSIONS ESSAY

Presenter PREZI (Saint Michael’s, Johnson State College)

Presenter Powerpoint (Castelton)

Tips for essay writing

Common Application Essay Prompts

Graphical Organizers to Help Organize Your Thoughts

What The Five Paragraph Essay Looks Like

 

Other Workshops

CAMPUS SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

 

FREE COLLEGE DURING HIGH SCHOOL

Dual Enrollment/Early College Fact Sheet

Vermont Dual Enrollment 

Introduction to College Studies — a Free Course for Vermont High School Students

Fast Forward Program

VAST Program at Vermont Technical College

Dual Enrollment Vouchers

 

INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS

Presenter handout: NCAA Initial Eligibility

NCAA Recruiting Fact Sheet

NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

NCAA Eligibility Center

 

KEEP CALM & PREPARE FOR FRESHMAN YEAR

Presenter Powerpoint

Student Advice for Freshman Year

The Parent “Don’t” List

Fill the Silence with These Conversation Suggestions

A Year in the Life of A College Freshman — A Student Perspective

 

WHAT I WISH I HAD KNOWN

First in the Family.org

The Naked Roommate Blog