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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 let your Vermont students leave money on the table! Grant awarding for 2020-2021 is starting soon.
Eligible students received from $1,000 to $12,300 in Vermont grants for the 2019–2020 academic year. Encourage your students to:
A note about COVID-19: Please encourage high school senior families 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.
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 FACEBOOK LIVE: Share the recorded VSAC Facebook Live event held in October. Carrie Harlow, VSAC's FAFSA expert, provides question-by-question guidance on how to fill out the FAFSA.
VSAC'S FAFSA HELP LINE: Call our toll-free FAFSA helpline at (1-833) 802VSAC, Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–4:30 pm.
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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!
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
As we all search for opportunities to celebrate the Class of 2020, VSAC wants to pay for takeout for 5 seniors every week, now through June 26.
VSAC’s “Have Takeout on Us” lets seniors share a photo using #VSACDelivers and tag @802VSAC via their social media platform of choice, or they can comment to one of our posts (using the #VSACDelivers). Each week, VSAC will hold a random drawing and select 5 seniors to receive takeout (up to $50 value) from a local restaurant/food business of their choice. Each randomly selected winner also will receive a $50 Gift of College card, and all entrants during the 6-week campaign (launching May 18) will be part of a $529 VHEIP drawing on June 30.
We welcome input and feedback from schools and stakeholders.Contact Anna Telensky, VSAC GEAR UP Special Events Coordinator, with questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-542-2229.
Here are some links that your families may find helpful:
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.