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Learn about new changes to financial aid at VSAC’s ‘Paying for College’ workshop

Learn about new FAFSA changes to maximize financial aid awards

WINOOSKI (September 8, 2016) – 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 more than 60 high schools statewide.

The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will provide parents and students with information on the new filing dates for the FAFSA and applying for a Vermont State Grant.

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

The presentation, which normally runs about 90 minutes, provides students and their parents with information on ways to consider costs when search for colleges, 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.

Students and parents should sign up for a FSA ID at prior to the workshop. The form takes about 10 minutes to complete and 1-3 days to verify and issue the ID from Federal Student Aid.

If you cannot attend the session at your local high school, consider attending one in at a nearby school. A complete schedule is available at To watch a pre-recorded version, visit

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. Find us at or check in on Facebook and Twitter. #changing lives

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