News & Updates for Education Professionals

Find the latest information to help your students and families in the tabs below. 

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 

VSAC has a new MyVSAC experience, including a new look, mobile-friendly view, and improvements to your login process. As part of the changes, you will need to update your username to a valid unique email address. 

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. 

View the details

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 naviance@vsac.org.

State and Regional News

College of St. Joseph to stay open, WCAX

Good news for students at the College of St. Joseph -- the school will stay open. The Rutland Herald reports the school's board of trustees voted

 

Vermont Talent Pipeline Management program launches manufacturing industry collaborative, VTDigger.org

This new collective impact collaborative is the third launched since April 2017. In concert with regional convening partners from around the state, 21 manufacturing employers met to join forces in the work of developing a pipeline of skilled talent.

 

The Neglected Challenges of Rural Education, Real Clear Education

While the national focus is often on the poor performance of urban schools, rural and many small-town schools perform significantly worse than urban schools in many cases.

 

NATIONAL NEWS:

 

College Admissions Is About to Get Way Less Stressful, Bloomberg

This will be a full-blown crisis for some types of institutions, as the recent book "Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education" makes clear. Birthrates in the U.S. began to fall in 2008 because of the great recession, and in 2026 that diminutive recession cohort will start turning 18. Colleges whose business model has been built on growth will be hurting. In the five years beginning in 2026, the number of college-aged students will drop 15 percent.

 

Economic Value of College Majors, Georgetown University

The top-paying college majors earn $3.4 million more than the lowest-paying majors over a lifetime. Two of the top highest paying majors, STEM and business are also the most popular majors, accounting for 46 percent of college graduates.

 

Public Servants Do Get Student Loan Forgiveness. Meet One of the First., New York Times

Borrowers in the federal public-service loan forgiveness program have run into many problems. But one social worker managed to wipe out $170

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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Learn more at 70x2025vt.org.

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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