Get Ready to Fill Out Your FAFSA for the 2023-24 school year

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Stephen Mease

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September 19, 2022

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There’s been a lot in the news lately about student loans, interest costs, and how to pay for college or postsecondary education and certificates in the trades.

One of the first and most important steps to meeting the cost of post-secondary education is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Every year, millions of dollars in financial aid for education go unused because students simply don't complete the FAFSA. You don’t have to know what you want to do after high school, but you do need to keep your options open, so file your FAFSA. The information you provide will help to decide how much you'll be expected to pay for college or career school—and how much financial aid you may receive.

The application process for the 2023-2024 school year begins on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Students and parents should check with the post-secondary schools about when their FAFSA and application deadlines are. 

Once the FAFSA is completed, it is then time to apply for a Vermont Grant. Eligible Vermont students have received from $1,000 to $14,000 for the current academic year, so look for the Vermont grant link on your FAFSA confirmation page to prepare for next year.

Here are some resources to help you file your FAFSA:  

  • Check out VSAC's FAFSA Completion Guide. A step-by-step guide to what information you will need for the forms.
  • Complete your FAFSA with our “VSAC Shows You How: Filing the FAFSA” webinar on Oct.  25 from 6 to 7 p.m.  VSAC counselor Carrie Harlow will walk participants through the FAFSA application question by question. Register here or review the video at your convenience after Oct. 25 and find additional FAFSA resources at vsac.org/financial-aid-videos.
  • Fall FAFSA Filing Drop-In hours will be available October through January 2023 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at VSAC, 10 East Allen St. in Winooski. Stop by to work independently on your FAFSA and ask questions to VSAC staff as they arise.
  • Virtual FAFSA Friday appointments are available from October through January 2023. Note: there will not be FAFSA Fridays on Nov. 11 and 25, and Dec. 23 and 30. VSAC is also offering “In-Person FAFSA Help” appointments on a few additional select days - you will see all available openings for FAFSA Fridays and in-person FAFSA help at VSAC on the registration site.
  • There will also be FAFSA Forms Workshops at high schools throughout the state. Check the VSAC Calendar of Events for more details.
  • Have a quick FAFSA question? Call VSAC’s toll-free FAFSA helpline at 833-802-8722 (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Remember, it's free. There is never a cost to complete the application at fafsa.gov.

The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. provides free counseling to all borrowers. VSAC’s financial aid experts walk you through your loan terms, advise you on repayment plans, and much more. For questions about student loans, call 888-802-8722, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by email at info@vsac.org. For information on college and career planning and help with financial aid, call 800-642-3177, go to www.vsac.org/FAFSAfirst and check out the online workshops and events.


This story is produced by Vermont Student Assistance Corp., created by the Vermont Legislature in 1965 as a public nonprofit agency, to advocate for Vermont students and their families to ensure that they achieve their education goals. Our vision is to create opportunities for all Vermont students, but particularly for those—of any age—who believe that the doors to higher education are closed to them. We begin by helping families save for education with Vermont’s state-sponsored 529 savings program. To help Vermonters plan and pay for college or career training, our counselors work with students in nearly every Vermont middle school and high school, and again as adults. Our grant and scholarship programs attract national recognition, and our loan programs and loan forgiveness programs are saving Vermont families thousands of dollars in interest.