News & Updates for Education Professionals
- It's October, which means the FAFSA and Vermont grant applications for the 2019-2020 year are available. Check out the financial aid updates below.
- Need content for your upcoming newsletters, emails, and daily announcement messages? We're compiling a range of topics - starting with all things FAFSA.
- Spread the word: VSAC-assisted scholarship booklets and grant brochures are scheduled to be shipped to schools by October 18!
Scholarship Dates for 2019–2020 College Year
The Unified Scholarship Application (USA) for all VSAC-assisted scholarships will be available on November 1. Look for delivery of our updated scholarships booklet in October. The deadline for all VSAC-assisted scholarships listed in VSAC’s scholarships booklet is February 15, 2019.
Reminder: The log-in process for MyVSAC was changed for schools and students back in April 2018. If you need help logging into your school’s MyVSAC account, please contact School Services at 888-307-8722.
Vermont's Statewide FAFSA Completion Goal: 65% of senior class
VSAC is once again partnering with the Department of Education on a FAFSA completion initiative. How's your community doing? Use our FAFSA Completion Tool to find out.
And join VSAC's FAFSA Completion Challenge: Every high school in which 65% of the senior class has completed a FAFSA will be entered into a drawing for $1,000 for a school-approved senior activity.
FAFSA Fridays Are Back
Your parents and students can complete the FAFSA at fafsa.gov starting on October 1 for the 2019–2020 school year. If they need help, VSAC is at the ready: Every Friday in October, November (except the 23rd), December, and January between 10:00 am–3:00 pm, parents and students can come to the VSAC Resource Center in Winooski. We'll set them up at a computer and help them complete the application. Encourage them to walk in or call for an appointment.
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 Forms Night at Vermont high schools
Financial Aid Forms workshops are being scheduled between October 1 and mid-December to provide families with help in completing the FAFSA. Dates will be posted on our calendar (check often, as new locations are often added). Please promote your event by posting it on your website and e-mailing senior students and parents two weeks before your scheduled workshop.
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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.
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
Join 70x2025vt today
70x2025vt brings together Vermont’s leading education and workforce development experts to build commitment and progress to the ambitious goal of assuring that 70% of Vermonters possess a postsecondary degree or credential of value by 2025.
70x2025vt is dedicated to ensuring that Vermonters from every corner of the state, from every economic and educational background, have access to the education they need in order to excel personally and professionally. The effort is a collective-action organization dedicated to leading initiatives and broadening public understanding to achieve the goal.
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Learn more at 70x2025vt.org.
VSAC Research: VSAC’s Research Continues to Shape Higher Education Policy in Vermont
Changes in Delivery of VSAC Publications
VSAC is revamping its delivery in 2018 to help you better manage the distribution of our publications. If, over the spring or summer, you ordered your 2018–2019 publications, you’ll receive your bulk order by the end of August. If you didn’t have a chance to submit your order, you’ll receive a sample packet of our publications line-up.
VSAC's Annual Financial Aid Training?
Did you miss this year's training? Catch up with federal and VSAC updates in financial aid and find the federal resources and VSAC links you'll need to support your students who are applying for financial aid.
Looking for financial aid resources?
View the fall training Powerpoints and find financial aid resources. We have what you need for your students & parents.
Personalized Learning Plans
VSAC has, for the past 4 years, subsidized the cost of the Naviance career and college planning platform to help schools implement Personalized Learning Plans (PLP). For schools actively using Naviance, VSAC will continue to subsidize the cost during the 2018–2019 school year—the final year that VSAC will provide the subsidy. During the 2019–2020 school year, if you’ve found Naviance to be a useful platform, we hope you’ll consider contracting directly with Hobson’s, Naviance’s parent company, for continued use. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State and Regional News
Good news for students at the College of St. Joseph—the school will stay open. The Rutland Herald reports the school's board of trustees voted
This new collective impact collaborative is the third launched since April 2017. In concert with regional convening partners from around the state, 21 manufacturing employers met to join forces in the work of developing a pipeline of skilled talent.
The Neglected Challenges of Rural Education, Real Clear Education
While the national focus is often on the poor performance of urban schools, rural and many small-town schools perform significantly worse than urban schools in many cases.
This will be a full-blown crisis for some types of institutions, as the recent book "Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education" makes clear. Birthrates in the U.S. began to fall in 2008 because of the great recession, and in 2026 that diminutive recession cohort will start turning 18. Colleges whose business model has been built on growth will be hurting. In the five years beginning in 2026, the number of college-aged students will drop 15 percent.
Economic Value of College Majors, Georgetown University
The top-paying college majors earn $3.4 million more than the lowest-paying majors over a lifetime. Two of the top highest paying majors, STEM and business are also the most popular majors, accounting for 46 percent of college graduates.
Borrowers in the federal public-service loan forgiveness program have run into many problems. But one social worker managed to wipe out $170