Back by popular demand: VSAC hosts ‘Paying for College’ workshop

Learn about new FAFSA changes to maximize financial aid awards

WINOOSKI (April 14, 2017) – New changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, are here. Find out what it means for your financial aid plans at a Paying for College workshop, hosted by Vermont Student Assistance Corp. at these schools:

  • April 17: Mount Abraham Union High School, 6:30, large cafeteria
  • April 25: Fair Haven Union High School, 6 p.m., auditorium
  • May 3: Middlebury Union High School, 6:30 p.m., auditorium
  • May 10: Vergennes Union High School, 6:30 p.m., auditorium
  • May 17: Lake Region Union High School, 6 p.m.
  • May 18: Mill River Union High School, 6:30 p.m., media center

The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will provide parents and students with information on how to pay for college; what financial aid is available to you; what forms you need to complete and when; applying for the Vermont State Grant and other important how-to tips, like setting up your FSA ID.

The FAFSA is the basis for determining eligibility for federal Pell grants, VSAC’s Vermont State Grant, financial aid from the school that the student attends and for student loans. Simply put: no FAFSA, no financial aid.

The presentation, which normally runs between 90 minutes and two hours, provides students and their parents with information on types of financial aid and how to apply, how family contribution is calculated, how financial aid is awarded, student and parent loans – including VSAC’s Vermont Advantage loans — and alternative payment options.

If you cannot attend the session at your local high school, watch a recorded version at http://vsacroadmaps.org/online-presentations/college-costs-financial-aid/.

About VSAC – Changing Lives through Education and Training since 1965

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is a public, nonprofit agency established by the Vermont Legislature in 1965 to help Vermonters achieve their education and training goals after high school. VSAC serves students and their families in grades 7-12, as well as adults returning to school, by providing education and career planning services, need-based grants, scholarships and education loans. VSAC has awarded more than $600 million in grants and scholarships for Vermont students, and also administers Vermont’s 529 college savings plan. Share your VSAC story by email to myVSACstory@vsac.org or submit a video to YouTube. Find us at www.vsac.org or check in on Facebook and Twitter. #changing lives