VSAC Shows You How: Appeal your financial aid offer

Students & families experiencing special circumstances can – and should – ask for reconsideration

WINOOSKI (April 15, 2021) – Vermont Student Assistance Corp. is offering a free online webinar on how to appeal your financial aid offer, April 27 at 6 p.m. Students and families can participate via Zoom by registering at http://bit.ly/VSAC_Appeal_Aid or by visiting VSAC’s Facebook page.  The event also will be recorded and available for viewing later.

Appealing financial aid offers for college is not new. Every year, students and families experience unexpected circumstances that impact their original financial aid award package. A loss of a job. An increase in family size. Unanticipated medical expenses and other one-time events.

In the era of the current pandemic, this is especially true for many more Vermonters. Families are struggling with a variety of financial and personal pressures caused by COVID-19.

Vermonters who have received a Vermont state grant – or financial aid from the institutions they plan to attend – can “appeal” – or ask for reconsideration of their aid packages. For example, students who successfully appealed Vermont state grants last year received, on average, an additional $2,000 in state grant aid.

In this online panel presentation, parents and students will learn what a financial aid appeal is; how the appeal process works; what qualifies as special circumstances; what documentation is needed; and how to present a compelling request. Bring your questions and get answers from the experts.

Parents and students will have the opportunity ask questions during the presentation, which may be addressed during the live broadcast itself, privately during the broadcast or in a follow-up 1:1 consultation. You can also submit your questions prior to the webinar by sending them to haskell@vsac.org.

Panelists include Marilyn Cargill, vice president of VSAC’s financial aid services, research and marketing; Miranda Roth, VSAC supervisor of grants and scholarships; and Donna Stevens, assistant director of Student Financial Services at UVM.

For more information, contact Sabina Haskell at 542-2240 or haskell@vsac.org

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