VSAC Receives Funding to Continue College Access Program
WINOOSKI — One of four federal grants VSAC receives to help low-income Vermonters prepare for higher education has been renewed.
VSAC — the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation — received word late last week that its federal Talent Search grant, set to expire in 2012, will be renewed for five more years. VSAC receives $443,887 a year for the program, and matches the federal dollars with its own resources.
Talent Search is part of a group of federal programs known as TRiO that help low-income students prepare for and succeed in college. VSAC has administered Talent Search in Vermont since 1969. The program identifies students in grades 6 through 12 who are motivated to continue their education but need help reaching their goals.
VSAC offers a second TRiO program, known as Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), for low-income adult learners. VSAC also applied for a new EOC grant, but hasn’t received a response yet.
Two other programs VSAC offers that assist middle and high school students — GEAR UP and the College Access Challenge Grant — are also up for renewal.