Education decisions? We're here for you.

Written by
Emily Stetson

Date
April 10, 2020

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As we all adapt to new ways of daily living (including the challenges of online learning), we understand it can be overwhelming. And if you’re a high school senior, or the parent of a soon-to-be grad, you're juggling a lot right now, as students figure out where they may be headed next fall.

All of us at VSAC are here to help. You likely have questions; we’re here to get you the answers and guidance you need. While the present uncertainty may at times feel daunting, you don’t have to let social distancing slow your planning for life after high school. Check out our resources to use now and as you prepare for the greener days ahead.

Financial aid & college decisions

May 1 is typically the date to commit to a college program. But these are not typical times. Use the NACAC admissions status tool to check if a school you've applied to has extended deadlines.

If you've applied for a VSAC scholarship, those awards are expected to be announced by May 1. Check your myVSAC account for updates.

Need help comparing financial aid offers? Use these online resources, with links to spreadsheet tools, blogs and sample offers. Watch this video or listen as VSAC staff discuss financial aid offers on VPR's Vermont Edition.

Financial aid updates due to COVID-19: Has your family's financial situation changed since you filed the FAFSA or the Vermont grant? Here's what you need to do:

  1. Call or email the financial aid office at each college to update them on your circumstances.
  2. If you haven't yet filled out your FAFSA or Vermont grant application, there's still time. Watch our Facebook Live recording for pointers.
  3. If you've already filed your Vermont grant and your family's situation has changed, check with VSAC to discuss options. Applicants may now use estimated 2020 income (rather than income reported on their 2018 tax returns) to better reflect their family's current financial situation. Call 800-882-4166 or email grants@vsac.org.

As you walk through your options for paying for college, watch the video from VSAC's Managing College Costs workshop and find links and additional resources, including VSAC's My Education Loans guide.

For more COVID-19 updates on college admissions, applications, and testing and resources for Vermont students, click here. Visit the VSAC Facebook page and calendar for upcoming virtual events and follow us on social media for additional updates.

VSAC’s commitment to you remains unwavering despite the uncertainty.

Serving our community is at the heart of all we do. During this challenging time, as always, we remain available and committed to our mission of helping Vermonters navigate all their career and education needs. We can be reached by phone at 800-642-3177, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and online at info@vsac.org.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay in touch! We’re here for you.