How to pay for college without paying for college

Written by
Sabina Haskell

February 15, 2017


College of St. Joseph's

Do you have March 3 marked on your calendar? Because that’s the final deadline to apply for VSAC-assisted scholarships. Scholarships, along with grants, are the very best kinds of financial aid since they amount to free money. All it costs you is some time to go through VSAC’s scholarships booklet and fill out an application.

Why bother?

1) For all the VSAC-assisted scholarships in our scholarships booklet, you only have to fill out one application. Download the booklet (PDF)  download icon

2)   Most students find that they’re eligible to apply for about six scholarships in the booklet.

3) The odds are in your favor! With VSAC-assisted scholarships, you’ll be competing only with other Vermont students who apply, not with an overall pool of Vermont students or students from across the country. And you may be one of just a few who follow through with the whole process!

There is a lot of material to collect for scholarship applications (essays, recommendation letters, and other documents), so plan to have everything ready to submit on or before the final deadline of March 3, 2017.

If you’re ready to apply now, set up a myVSAC account at, where you can fill out the online application and upload required documents.

And if you miss the March 3 date for VSAC-assisted scholarships, review pages 35–46 of the booklet for other scholarships with deadlines through July 30, 2017.

For more local scholarships, check your town offices, and search for nationwide scholarships at:




You should try to pay for your college education with as much free money as possible, so don’t miss out on these opportunities!