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Financial Aid: I’ve applied. Now what?

VSAC Shows You How explains what happens after you submit your financial aid and college applications.

WINOOSKI – (January 19, 2021) Join VSAC on January 26, from 6-7 p.m. for the next VSAC Shows You How webinar to help you better understand what’s happening “behind the curtain” once you submit your financial aid applications so you can be better prepared to understand your financial aid offers when you get them – and to take action if needed so you don’t miss a step.

Register here to get all your questions answered from financial aid experts at Vermont Student Assistance Corp. You can also watch from the VSAC Facebook page. Marilyn Cargill, vice president of financial aid services, research and marketing, is joined by Carrie Harlow, VSAC outreach counselor, who leads financial aid workshops across the state.

At this time of year, students bound for college and training programs next fall are in various stages of the financial aid application process: Many students have applied to schools and have submitted their financial aid applications, while others are still working on completing all their paperwork. 

It’s a hectic, exciting – and, yes, nerve-racking -- time while families wait for schools to make admissions and financial aid decisions.

Our financial aid experts will explain:

  • What costs you’ll need to plan for and the differences between advertised costs and what students might expect to pay (“net costs”).
  • How schools decide what they estimate you can afford to pay.
  • The range of financial aid programs available to help you maximize every free dollar you can get (called “gift aid”) and minimize your need to borrow (in education loans).
  • What steps you may need to take after you submit your financial aid applications (and while you wait for your financial aid package to arrive)

Then, we’ll turn things over to you to ask your questions – we know you have a lot of them.

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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 or submit a video to YouTube. Find us at or check in on Facebook and Twitter. #changing lives