Serving our community is at the heart of all we do. During these challenging times, we remain steadfast in our commitment to supporting Vermont students and their families. Click here for VSAC program updates in response to COVID-19.
News & Updates for Education Professionals
Serving our community is at the heart of all we do. We remain available and committed to our families and our mission.
We've curated videos and resources for your families and students during this time of changing information, decision making, and uncertainty. If you have questions, we want to help you find the answers!
- Videos and resources from VSAC’s College and Career Pathways event are now available online. Find all of our videos on our YOUTUBE.
- Live Zoom Q&A session opportunities for schools to host for students and families on any of the College & Career Pathways videos. Please email Anna Telensky (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
- High school senior, junior and parent content for newsletters and email communication to your students and families (see tab below)
- Other COVID-19 relevant resources
Don't let your Vermont students leave money on the table! Eligible students received from $1,000 to $12,300 in Vermont grants for the 2019–2020 academic year. Encourage your students to:
- apply for the Vermont grant. For those who have applied, check your MyVSAC account to be sure you've completed all steps.
- complete the FAFSA.
- research and apply for scholarships.
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.
VSAC-assisted scholarships update
Although the deadline has passed for all VSAC-assisted scholarships, students can still apply for other scholarships. Check pp 35-46 of the booklet for scholarships with deadlines open through July 30.
VSAC's scholarships booklet and USA are available online.
How VSAC can help with the FAFSA
VSAC'S FACEBOOK LIVE: Share the recorded VSAC Facebook Live event held in October. Carrie Harlow, VSAC's very own in-house FAFSA expert, provides question-by-question guidance on how to fill out the FAFSA.
VSAC'S FAFSA HELP LINE: If your families can't get to the VSAC Resource Center, urge them to call our toll-free FAFSA helpline at (1-833) 802VSAC, Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–4:30 pm.
FALL FINANCIAL AID FORMS WORKSHOPS AT VERMONT HIGH SCHOOLS: VSAC's statewide workshops provide families with help in completing the FAFSA. Dates are posted on our calendar (check often, as new locations are often added and dates may change). Please promote your event by posting it on your website and e-mailing senior students and parents two weeks before your scheduled workshop.
Looking for financial aid resources?
We have what you need for your students & parents.
Advance Vermont Launches Data Dashboard to Track Education and Training Progress
Advance Vermont has launched a new interactive data dashboard to measure progress toward Vermont’s postsecondary attainment goal, illuminate equity-related gaps, and prompt action to increase Vermont’s postsecondary attainment rate. It gives policymakers, education and training providers, and workforce development professionals a valuable new tool as we work to ensure that all Vermonters have access to the education and training they need for both their own individual prosperity and the economic growth of the state.
The dashboard includes 26 indicators of postsecondary success in the areas of postsecondary readiness, aspiration, affordability, enrollment, completion, and career readiness. It explains why each indicator is important and, where possible, filters data by region and identity to allow for a deeper dive.
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.
Call us toll-free today!
In the Rutland or Bennington areas: 786-8840
In the Burlington area: 654-3793
In all other areas: toll-free 877-961-4369
VSAC’s research continues to shape higher education policy in Vermont
College & Career Pathways 2020 has gone virtual.
COVID-19 hasn't stopped us from bringing you the best college planning information and resources in Vermont.
View workshop video recordings and find resources, handouts, and links to statewide employers and agencies eager to support your career goals and interests with apprenticeships and other job programs. Find it all here.
You can also find a list of all of the organizations that would have participated in the Resource Fair, with links to their websites, under the Career Training Resource Fair Exhibitors tab on the event page.
We welcome input and feedback from schools and stakeholders. Contact Anna Telensky, VSAC GEAR UP Special Events Coordinator, with questions or comments: email@example.com, 802-542-2229.
Here are some links that your families may find helpful during the coronavirus situation:
College Admission Status Updates — information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak
Virtual Admissions Events — alphabetical list of American colleges & universities; describes each school's virtual admissions events and provides web registration links
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.