Blog Archive: Preparing for College Costs

VSAC scholarship booklet
Meet VSAC’s early-bird deadline for scholarship applications so you can find out! VSAC’s annual booklet, Scholarships for Vermonters, contains information on more than 140 scholarships available to Vermont residents, and we want to encourage you to apply early. That’s why we’re offering three $1,000
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Wallet image with budget story
For students thinking about their college plans or a workforce training program, worrying about how to pay for it is likely one of your top concerns. For students and graduates alike, it often comes down to juggling a variety of priorities when it comes to money. While the Vermont Student Assistance
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Student on laptop
WINOOSKI, Vt. -- A grant program that offers eligible Vermonters the opportunity to earn a college degree tuition-free has been embraced by nearly 1,750 students since the program began last fall. The grant, called 802Opportunity, pays for up to two years of free tuition to the Community College of
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Student on laptop
For many students (and their parents), attending college — whether that means online or on campus — likely involves taking out an education loan to help cover the tuition bill and other expenses. Nearly 7 out of 10 Vermont families need to borrow to help pay education costs, so if you’re among that
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Children with "finger binoculars"
During the holiday season, VSAC encourages families to look ahead and plan for their kids' future possibilities with a gift of education savings. Vermont’s state-sponsored 529 savings plan provides an easy way for families to give (and receive!) a gift that will last far beyond the holiday season
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Carrie Harlow explains the FAFSA application in October 26 webinar
The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a required form that every college-bound student and family must complete to qualify for student loans, federal aid, and scholarships. VSAC’s Carrie Harlow has been helping families complete the FAFSA for more than 20 years. We sat down with
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Student on computer in library stacks
October is the official kickoff of the higher education financial aid season with the new 2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application available as of Oct. 1. To help students and adults returning to school learn how to leverage the financial aid they need, VSAC has a full line
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