News & Updates for Education Professionals

Find the latest information you need to support your Vermont students and families.





  • Where to find Financial aid forms workshops this fall

    To help families adjust to earlier financial aid filing dates, VSAC’s outreach counselors will contact local public high schools to schedule financial aid forms workshops between October 1 and mid-December this year. Dates are posted on the VSAC events calendar and will be advertised through local public service announcements in local papers. We ask for your support to promote these events by posting local events on your website and e-mailing high school senior students/parents prior to an event. 

  • FAFSA Fridays ... and some Thursday's nights too!

    Do your students and their families need support completing the FAFSA—and can they get to VSAC easily? Send them to our Winooski offices any Friday in November (except the 10th and 24th), January, or February. VSAC will be providing walk-in assistance with FAFSA completion between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Remind parents and students to bring all necessary documents; you’ll find a list here. View the Press Release for a complete listing of dates and times.

    Families not within an easy drive of Winooski can call our special FAFSA helpline at 1-888-943-7301 between 10:00 am–3:00 pm on FAFSA Fridays.

  • 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 assist them in being ready to file a FAFSA in the fall of senior year. Dates will be added to the calendar as locations are scheduled. 

VSAC scholarship season opens Nov. 1 

The Unified Scholarship Application for all VSAC-assisted scholarships will be available on November 1—two months earlier!  Look for delivery of our updated scholarships booklet in late October. In addition, the early-bird application deadline has been retired this year in favor of a single deadline. All required documents for all VSAC-assisted scholarships published in VSAC’s scholarships booklet 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. Check out the FAQs for high school counselors and and the recent Press Release for more info. 

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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; 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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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 trainings or support, call 802-654-3782 or e-mail


In the News

State and Local News

Bumps in the Road for Rural Students, Inside Higher Ed
Rural community colleges grapple with nonacademic barriers that hinder their students from staying and completing.

Early to College, Likely to Rise? Benefits and Challenges of Early College Programs,
According to one report, 86% of Early College students enroll in college immediately after high school graduation. The students enhance their readiness for higher education through early exposure to the intangibles of collegiate culture: getting used to few class hours and lots of homework (instead of the reverse, as in traditional high schools), learning how to read a syllabus and how a college class is conducted, even how a college dining service works. The form of dual enrollment also comes with some caveats.

Vermont Tech takes training program on the road, Rutland Herald (paywall) 
RANDOLPH CENTER — Vermont Technical College unveiled its new Advanced Mobile Manufacturing Lab.


National News

Americans Who Go to College Are Four Times Better Off Than Everyone Else,
Per triennial data from the US Federal Reserve published this week, people with college degrees these days have a median net worth more than four times that of people without. “Shares of income and wealth held by affluent families have reached historically high levels,” the Fed wrote in its report.

Infographic: Career Technical Education (CTE), DataPoints
Nearly 90 percent of certificates and half of associate degrees awarded are in career and technical education.


GEAR UP Week September 1822, 2017

Are you a VSAC GEAR UP school? If so, National GEAR UP Week is an opportunity for you to raise awareness in your community about the positive impact GEAR UP is having locally. Let your students, families, and community know you’re a GEAR UP school and are proud to be part of this national program. Work with your GEAR UP outreach counselor to schedule a student- and family-centered career and college event. We’re here to help.

Last year, motivational entertainer Jared Campbell visited schools and left a trail of happy, engaged students; and Jared will be returning to schools again this year. In addition, for the first time we’ll also have the Montshire Museum of Science and their Pop-up Science workshop at four schools.

Read the latest GEAR UP newsletter >


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


VSAC Research: VSAC’s research continues to shape higher education policy in Vermont

View the latest reports, county fact sheets, and past survey results >


Changes in delivery of VSAC publications

VSAC has revamped its delivery this year 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:

Looking to order more publications?

Check out our latest materials for the current school year.