News & Updates for Education Professionals

The busy financial aid season is here. Here's what your families need to do in January:

Make sure your seniors fill out financial aid applications in addition to admissions applications:

  • FAFSAs 
  • Vermont grant applications
  • Application & required documents for VSAC-assisted scholarships

Have your juniors, sophomores, and parents save the dates for the enhanced College & Career Pathways 2018:

  • March 17 at Saint Michael's College, Colchester
  • March 24 at Castleton University, Castleton
  • April 7 at Northern Vermont University at Johnson

Vermont's statewide FAFSA completion goal: 65% of senior class 

VSAC is once again partnering with the Department of Education on a FAFSA completion initiative. How's your community doing? Use our FAFSA Completion Tool to find out.

 

FAFSA Updates

  • FAFSA Fridays (and 3 Thursdays) for FAFSA & Vermont Grant Help

    Do your students and parents need help completing the FAFSA and VT grant application? Send them to our resource center in Winooski any Friday in January and February. VSAC will provide walk-in assistance with FAFSA completion between 10:00 am–3:00 pm. Remind parents and students to bring all necessary documents. Help will also be available on Thursday evenings January 4, February 1, and February 8 from 4:00–8:00 pm.

    OR have families call our FAFSA helpline at 1-888-943-7301 on FAFSA Fridays between 10:00 am–3:00 pm.

  • Redesigned Paying for College Presentations Scheduled For Spring

    Redesigned for a younger audience of high school sophomores and juniors and their parents, the new presentation encourages students and parents to access resources that will prepare them to file a FAFSA in the fall, when they're seniors. Dates will be added to the calendar as locations are scheduled.

 

Final VSAC Scholarship Deadline: February 16 

The VSAC scholarships application and all required documents for VSAC-assisted scholarships must be submitted/uploaded online, postmarked at a U.S. Post Office, or dropped off at VSAC on or before February 16, 2018, to be considered complete and on time.

Encourage students to apply and to log in to their MyVSAC accounts to confirm that all required documents were received. Have questions? Check out the FAQs for high school counselors

Looking for financial aid resources?

We have what you need for your students & parents.

VSAC's November Training - We want your input!

VSAC is surveying school counselors and agency professionals to best understand how we can provide training and support around postsecondary financial aid. Please provide us your thoughts. Thanks for participating. 

If you didn't get to attend VSAC’s annual fall training for education professionals, you can watch it now. Learn about state and federal updates, and new initiatives that VSAC's either leading or participating in. Also covered: updates on the FAFSA, Vermont grant application, and the Unified Scholarship Application (USA).

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May 17: Transition and Career Conference 

The 13th Annual Transition and Career Conference is scheduled for May 17, 2018, at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. Join more than 250 Vermont educators and agency staff for a day of professional development and networking. VSAC’s GEAR UP program, Vermont VocRehab, Vermont Agency of Education, and the Vermont School Counselors’ Association are partnering again to host this much anticipated conference. 

We’ll be providing effective tools and best practices on transition and career planning that you can use in your school, agency, or community to enhance existing curriculum and programs. This year we’re highlighting the importance helping students, educators, and parents design pathways that fulfill the career aspirations of each student. 

 

March and April: College & Career Pathways 

Have your juniors, sophomores, and parents save the dates for College & Career Pathways 2018, a day of workshops to help them plan for a future after high school:

  • March 17 at Saint Michael's College, Colchester
  • March 24 at Castleton University, Castleton
  • April 7 at Northern Vermont University at Johnson

NEW THIS YEAR: The word “Career” in our event title. In 2018, we’ll be offering workshops for students who want to go directly into the workforce, with resources on apprenticeships and skilled trades. Watch for details and registration in January 2018.

 

 

Announcing 2018 College & Career Pathways Events for Students & Parents

Have your juniors, sophomores, and parents save the dates for College & Career Pathways 2018, a day of workshops to help them plan for a future after high school:

  • March 17 at Saint Michael's College, Colchester
  • March 24 at Castleton University, Castleton
  • April 7 at Northern Vermont University at Johnson

NEW THIS YEAR: The word “Career” in our event title. In 2018, we’ll be offering workshops for students who want to go directly into the workforce, with resources on apprenticeships and skilled trades. Watch for details and registration in January 2018.

 

VSAC offers resources and activities to Vermont schools to assist with PLP efforts, whether your school uses Naviance or other PLP software. Want ideas for PLP tasks? Need to learn how to use Naviance for PLPs? For individual, group, or whole-school training or support, call 802-654-3782 or e-mail naviance@vsac.org.

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70x2025vt is dedicated to ensuring that Vermonters from every corner of the state, from every economic and educational background, have access to the education they need in order to excel personally and professionally. The effort is a collective-action organization dedicated to leading initiatives and broadening public understanding to achieve the goal.

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VSAC's Educational Opportunity Center — easy as a phone call! 

Do you know any adults who would like to take a step toward new career possibilities and aren’t sure where to begin? VSAC’s EOC services can help. Our counselors understand the needs of adult students and are ready to help individuals take steps in a new direction. All services are free.

Call us toll-free today! 
In the Rutland or Bennington areas: 786-8840
In the Burlington area: 654-3793
In all other areas: toll-free 877-961-4369

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VSAC Research: VSAC’s Research Continues to Shape Higher Education Policy in Vermont

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Changes in Delivery of VSAC Publications

VSAC revamped its delivery in 2017 to help you better manage the distribution of our publications. In September, we sent our series of printed resources to help your families understand college costs and apply for financial aid. 

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