COVID-19 updates & ways VSAC can help
News & Updates for Education Professionals
- Free money opportunities:
- 802 Opportunity, which offers free tuition at CCV for students of any age with a family income of $50,000 or less.
- Green Mountain Grad provides one tuition-free college class to the graduates of the high school classes of 2020 and 2021.
- Students who commit to a Vermont college by June 1 can register for a chance at a the Choose Vermont Scholarship.
- Explore over 120 VSAC-assisted scholarships for students planning to attend college in 2022-2023. The deadline to apply is February 11, 2022.
- Did you miss VSAC's September 14th or 23rd Annual Financial Aid Trainings for Education and Agency Professionals?
- Print copies now available. Junior and senior planning checklists, scholarships booklets, and financial aid publications are available. Order your bulk print copies, or link to digital versions.
High schools: Did you know that you can use VSAC's FAFSA Completion Tool to identify students who haven't completed their financial aid applications? Contact our grants department (800-882-4166) to ask us how.
Don't let your Vermont students leave money on the table! Eligible students have received from $1,000 to $12,800 in Vermont grants for the 2021–2022 academic year. Encourage your students to:
- watch the VSAC Shows You How to Complete a Vermont Grant Application for tips and tricks
- apply for the Vermont grant. Those who have applied should check their MyVSAC account to be sure they've completed all steps.
- complete the FAFSA.
- Check out VSAC's webinars and videos covering grants, scholarships, financial aid offers, loans and more.
VSAC-assisted scholarships update
VSAC's scholarships booklet for students planning to attend college in 2022–2023 is now available online, and the Unified Scholarship Application (USA) will be available on October 1 through MyVSAC.
- To receive copies for your students, schools must order bulk quantities at https://publications.vsac.org/free-vsac-publications.
- Your students and parents can also download a PDF version or view online .
How VSAC can help with the FAFSA
Your students and parents can:
- Check out VSAC's FAFSA Completion Guide. Download the guide or order a printed copy.
- Schedule a 1:1 meeting with a VSAC Outreach counselor to receive personalized guidance through the FAFSA.
- Complete your FAFSA during our “VSAC Shows You How: Filing the FAFSA” event on October 26, 6:00-7:00 pm, when VSAC counselor Carrie Harlow will walk you through the FAFSA application question by question. To watch live on VSAC’s Facebook page, register in advance; or watch the recording later at vsac.org/ﬁnancial-aid-videos.
- Have a quick FAFSA question? Call our toll-free FAFSA helpline at 833-802-8722 (Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–4:30 pm).
Looking for financial aid resources?
We have what you need for your students & parents.
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.
VSAC’s research continues to shape higher education policy in Vermont
VSAC releases survey results on COVID-19’s impact on VT students' plans to attend college in the fall.
Advance Vermont to Create Hub for Career and Education Resources
Advance Vermont is developing an online "one-stop shop" to bring career and education resources to Vermonters in a user friendly and accessible way. This website will provide Vermonters of all ages and backgrounds with career exploration information and the resources they need to identify and access education and training opportunities across the state that will advance their careers, employable skills, income stability, and job readiness. Visit Advance Vermont to learn more.
The Advance Vermont team is looking to gain your insights along the way. Please fill out their 3-minute survey to lend your expertise on what content should be included and how it should be presented. It includes a sneak peek at early site design!
Annual Financial Aid Training for Education and Agency Professionals
Did you miss VSAC's September 14th or 23rd events?
- Financial Aid 101: View the slides and watch the recording.
- Federal, State & VSAC Updates: View the slides and watch the recording.
Spread the word about VSAC's Zoom video conferences geared toward adults interested in returning to school or training. Watch recordings of past topics, including:
- Short-Term Training Options
- Education Resources for Military Connected Students
- Resources for Foster Youth
- Educational Resources for Former Refugees, Immigrants, & Asylees
Here are some links that your families may find helpful:
NEBHE Admissions & Enrollment Information — Resources for school counselors, students and institutions
Virtual Admissions Events — alphabetical list of American colleges & universities; describes each school's virtual admissions events and provides web registration links
Strive Virtual College Exploration – Hundreds of free virtual workshops for students and parents including individual college info sessions and a wide range of college planning topics
Keys to Your Future Career & College Readiness Program – Free program for educators with virtual lessons for students on identifying life goals, preparing in high school, choosing a path, balancing daily life, starting a career, and success in a career
College Admission Status Updates — information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak
Khan Academy — SAT practice as well as other online learning
SAT On Demand—One Month Free from Kaplan — a free month of SAT On Demand to support all students with their distance learning
Free AP Programming from Kaplan — free AP prep sessions on YouTube live for AP US History, AP World History, and AP Biology. These sessions will focus on question review and include time to ask a teacher questions.