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!
- Don't miss this year's Financial Aid: Federal, State, and VSAC Updates via Zoom on Thursday, September 24. There's still time to register.
- Are you a new school counselor? Or are you interested in a financial aid refresher? Watch the recording from our Sept. 16 training.
- NEACAC college fairs go online.
- Publications for 2020-2021 are available. View the full lineup of free resources and share the link with students and families.
- A note from VSAC: Our commitment to racial and social justice.
- COVID-19 resources
Don't let your Vermont students leave money on the table! Eligible students received from $1,000 to $12,500 in Vermont grants for the 2020–2021 academic year. Encourage your students to:
- 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.
For students who filed a FAFSA or grant application for fall 2020: Please encourage students and families heading to college or training in fall 2020 to contact VSAC if their financial circumstances have been affected by COVID-19 through a loss of income, reduced hours, illness, changes in child care, etc. VSAC will take these circumstances into consideration when reviewing grant eligibility. Learn more.
VSAC-assisted scholarships update
The VSAC scholarships booklet for students planning to attend college in 2021–2022 will be available in print in mid-October. To receive copies for your students, schools must order bulk quantities at https://publications.vsac.org/free-vsac-publications.
How VSAC can help with the FAFSA
Your students and parents can:
- complete the FAFSA during our LIVE “VSAC Shows You How” event, when VSAC's FAFSA expert Carrie Harlow will walk them through the FAFSA application question by question. Have your families check us out on Facebook Live on October 15th at 6:00 pm.
- attend a virtual VSAC Financial Aid & Managing College Costs workshop, starting in the fall.
- schedule a 1:1 meeting with a VSAC Outreach counselor to receive personalized guidance through the FAFSA and/or any additional financial aid forms.
- call our toll-free FAFSA helpline at 833-802-8722 (Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–4:30 pm).
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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
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!
VSAC's 2020 fall training for professionals moves online
With the October filing date for the FAFSA, VSAC's annual fall training for high school counselors will be held virtually in late September.
Financial Aid 101: Wednesday, September 16, 9:30–10:30 am
Optional pre-session geared toward professionals who are newer to the field or want a refresher on available programs, timelines, and best ways to advise students and families. Register today >
Financial Aid: Federal State & VSAC Updates: Thursday, September 24, 9:30–11:00 am
Important updates and changes to financial aid resources—including the FAFSA, grants, scholarships, and other resources—and updates on key VSAC initiatives to help students, families, and professionals. Register today >
Spread the word! Each Tuesday at 10 a.m., VSAC will host a weekly Zoom video conference geared toward adults interested in returning to school or training. New topics are added frequently. Visit the calendar for the latest updates. Upcoming topics include:
- What is the Advancement Grant?
- The impact of COVID-19 on financial aid
- Financial aid options and how to apply
- Where do I begin?
Here are some links that your families may find helpful:
CCV free class for every 2020 graduating high school senior — The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation is giving every graduating Vermont high school senior one free CCV class of their choosing this fall. For details, visit ccv.edu/2020gradgift.
NEACAC College Fairs ONLINE — The National Association of College Admissions Counseling college fairs have gone online. Four virtual events are scheduled for the fall:
- September 13
- October 12
- October 18
- November 8
Early College extension — CCV has extended their deadline to enroll in Early College this year to September 1. As schools announce plans this week and many students learn they're going to be all or partially remote, encourage them to consider early college.
NEBHE Admissions & Enrollment Information — Resources for school counselors, students and institutions for Fall 2020 and beyond
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.