The FAFSA is the first step to getting financial aid

You don’t have to know what you want to do after high school. But you do need to keep your options open, so file your FAFSA—to receive up to $6,195 in the Federal Pell Grant alone for eligible students. 

Then take a few extra minutes for a Vermont grant. Eligible students received from $1,000 to $12,500 for the 2020–2021 academic year, so look for the Vermont grant link on your FAFSA confirmation page.

FAFSAs are the access point to all financial aid for education and training after high school: college, technical programs, and more.

FAFSA = $$—grants, scholarships, work study, and loans—to continue your studies.

Start your FAFSA application now

Apply for a Vermont Grant

Need help with your FAFSA application, Vermont grant application, or other financial aid forms? VSAC can help in a variety of ways:

  1. Attend a virtual VSAC Financial Aid & Managing College Costs workshop this fall to learn about the financial aid process. 
  2. Complete your FAFSA during our LIVE “VSAC Shows You How” event, when VSAC's FAFSA expert Carrie Harlow will walk you through the FAFSA application question by question. Participate on Facebook Live on October 15th at 6:00 pm. 
  3. Check out VSAC's FAFSA Completion Guide.
  4. Schedule a 1:1 meeting with a VSAC Outreach counselor to receive personalized guidance through the FAFSA and/or any additional financial aid forms.
  5. Call our toll-free FAFSA helpline, Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–4:30 pm, at 833-802VSAC (8722).

Why the FAFSA?

Every year, millions of dollars in financial aid goes unused because students simply don't complete the FAFSA.

VSAC counselor Soren explains how to start

  • It's free. There is never a cost to complete the application at fafsa.gov.
  • No FAFSA = No money. Not completing the FAFSA might mean you will overpay for college or training. Or think that you can't afford to go.
  • Fast. Most people take less than 30 minutes to complete the form. And the FAFSA has gone mobile! Yep, there's an app. Get started.

You won't know until you fill out the FAFSA! You may be surprised to learn what aid may be available for you.

The FAFSA is the first step to being considered for:

Ready to start?

If you're ready to apply for financial aid, start your FAFSA today.

Here are some tips that will help you succeed with the FAFSA:


  • Start early: Each October, the FAFSA is made available for the following school year. Many colleges—and VSAC’s Vermont Grant Program—make financial aid decisions on a first come, first-served basis. Submit your application as early as possible to make sure you get the most aid you can. 
  • Gather your documents ahead of time: Be prepared so you can move quickly through the form once you start. To fill out the FAFSA, you’ll need to provide information about your family’s financial situation. Get a list of what you'll need to get started
  • Create an FSA ID: The FSA ID is a username and password that is used to sign the FAFSA (and other legally binding documents) electronically and to log in to certain US Department of Education websites. The student—and the student’s parent—will each need their own FSA ID. To create your FSA ID, go to studentaid.gov and choose "Create Account." 
  • Make sure you’re on the right site: You should never pay to submit the FAFSA. It’s all free. Be sure the site you're using ends in .gov and not .com.
  • Check your deadlines: Schools each have their own deadlines. Vermont grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For non-Vermonters, state deadlines are available at fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to check with the colleges and career schools you’re applying to for their FAFSA deadlines.
  • Don’t be afraid to get help: There are many FAFSA resources available right here on the VSAC website—including more tips for getting started, as well as helpful videos. Tips are also available as you go through the application.
  • Know your colleges: While completing the FAFSA, you must list at least 1 college to receive your information. To be considered for a Vermont grant, be sure to list your first-choice colleges from any state in the first 3 positions. You may update your choices later to receive aid at a different school. 
  • Get ready to apply for the Vermont grant: Once you've submitted your FAFSA, it's time to apply for the Vermont grant. It’s easy.  At the end of the FAFSA you’ll see a link to complete the Vermont Grant Application. Follow the link for application instructions.

The information you provide on your FAFSA will help to decide how much you'll be expected to pay for college or career school—and how much financial aid you may receive.

Ready to start?

If you're ready to apply for financial aid, start your FAFSA today.