Financial Aid & College Costs

The financial aid process can be complicated, with lots of considerations and paperwork! VSAC can help, starting with step 1: filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

Stay on track with planning and paying for college or training.


Need help with your FAFSA application, Vermont grant application, or other financial aid forms? VSAC can help in a variety of ways:

  1. Check out VSAC's FAFSA Completion Guide. download icon
  2. Complete your FAFSA with our “VSAC Shows You How: Filing the FAFSA” webinar, recorded on October 25. VSAC counselor Carrie Harlow walks you through the FAFSA application question by question. Review the video at your convenience and find additional FAFSA resources at
  3. FAFSA Filing Drop-In hours available between October 2022 and January 2023 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00am–3:00 pm at the VSAC building in Winooski. Stop by to work independently on your FAFSA and ask questions to VSAC staff as they arise.
  4. Schedule a 1:1 meeting with a VSAC Outreach counselor to receive personalized guidance through the FAFSA. In-person and virtual appointments available between October 2022 and January 2023. Check the Calendar of Events for more details.
  5. Have a quick FAFSA question? Call our toll-free FAFSA helpline at 833-802-8722 (Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–4:30 pm.

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  • types of federal student aid
  • how to fill out the FAFSA and more
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  • college cost calculator and more
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