VSAC Shows You How to complete the FAFSA

Get the financial aid you need, starting with FAFSA. It’s fast and easy.

WINOOSKI (Oct. 5, 2020) – It’s financial aid season, which means it’s time to do your FAFSA. The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, opens the doors to a world of financial aid to help you pay for your education and training.

Completing the FAFSA is not hard, and it’ll take you only about 45 minutes. In the next VSAC Shows You How webinar, simulcast to Facebook on Oct. 15, from 6-7 p.m., VSAC outreach counselor Carrie Harlow walks you through how to complete a FAFSA, question by question. If you don’t have your FSA ID before the webcast, take a few minutes to get it here.

And speaking of questions, throughout the live webinar, you’ll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific concerns. Register here. Or watch the recorded video later at your convenience.

Why complete the FAFSA? It is the first step in determining how much federal aid you are eligible to receive. For many Vermonters, 2020 has been a financial fiasco. So, if you plan to get financial help from the college or trade school you want to attend, you need to file a FAFSA. It’s that simple. The FAFSA also unlocks all sorts of other financial aid resources, including the Vermont state grant, institutional aid, need-based scholarships and more.

“The FAFSA is the key, literally the gateway, to all financial aid – federal Pell grants, the Vermont state grant, many scholarships, institutional aid, work-study programs and federal loans,” said Marilyn Cargill, vice president of financial aid services at Vermont Student Assistance Corp.

“If you decide not to fill out the FAFSA, you are very likely going to overpay for your education. Or you may choose not to go, which could be an even bigger, more expensive mistake.”

To find out more about VSAC’s full line-up of virtual resources to help students, and adults returning to school, learn how to get the financial aid they need, go to 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