News & Updates for Education Professionals

Here's a summary of items to focus on through April: 

  • Registration is open for the Transition and Career Conference scheduled for May 17.
  • MyVSAC is changing. This may affect students applying for grants and scholarships, and staff uploading documents. Look for FAQs and next steps later this month.
  • Financial aid applications are still available. There's still time for your students to file for the FAFSA and Vermont grant. 


Read on for more news and information. 

Some Scholarship Deadlines Still Open 

Although the deadline has passed for all VSAC-assisted scholarships, students can still apply for other scholarships. Check pp 32-43 of the booklet for scholarships with deadlines open through July 30.

MyVSAC is Changing! 

You'll soon notice a new MyVSAC experience, including a new look, mobile-friendly view, and improvements to your login process. As part of the changes coming later this month, you will need to update your username to a valid unique email address. Look for an email with details to guide you and your students through the process.

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 & Vermont Grant Help

    Do your students and parents need help completing the FAFSA and VT grant application? Have your families call our FAFSA helpline at 1-888-943-7301.

  • 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 "Financial Aid & Managing College Costs" encourages students and parents to access resources that will prepare them to file a FAFSA in the fall, when they're seniors. View the dates on the calendar and check back often; new locations are often added to the schedule.

Looking for financial aid resources?

We have what you need for your students & parents.

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. 

This year's conference, Readiness from the Inside Out, will feature keynote speaker Dr. Jennifer Murphy, who will share her work on readiness and metacognition. Also this year: a full-day strand on Trauma-informed Practices with Kym Asam of the Northeastern Family Institute.

And join us for a free pre-conference viewing and discussion of the documentary film Resilience with Dr. George Till on Wednesday, May 16, at 5:00 pm. 


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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Personalized Learning Plans

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 an individual, group, or whole-school training or support, call 802-654-3782 or e-mail

State and Regional News

The $3.2 Million Plan to Attract New Workers to Vermont, VPR

Being First in Family to Go to College Can Be A Bumpy Road, Boston Globe

Getting into Dartmouth College in 1988 was a dream come true for Alexandra Bernadotte, a first-generation college student who came to the U.S from Haiti as a young child. Graduating, however, proved to be a hard-fought struggle.

Elisabeth Lehr: Union can help secure higher ed’s future,

CCV has evolved significantly over the decades to become a major provider of higher education for Vermonters of all ages and from all walks of life.

Join 70x2025vt Today.

70x2025vt brings together Vermont’s leading education and workforce development experts to build commitment and progress to the ambitious goal of assuring that 70% of Vermonters possess a postsecondary degree or credential of value by 2025. 

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

Read the latest EOC newsletter >

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 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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