Vermont Applies

An initiative to help students and families prepare for life after high school and keep as many doors open as possible.

Click on each green bar to find resources, links, and videos for that topic.

Applying to College

The following presentations and resources will help support you in choosing and applying to colleges:

  • Senior Year Planning Checklist: Month-by-month steps you can take during your senior year in high school to stay on track for admissions and financial aid applications for college or training.
  • The College Search—Finding the  Right Fit: Learn what to consider and then reflect on what you want from your postsecondary experience so that you can narrow the search to institutions that meet your values and preferences. While structured around the college search, these questions can also be helpful in thinking about what you might want in a future employer or non-degree training program.
  • Navigating the Admissions Process: Overwhelmed by the college admissions process? Hear directly from college admissions counselors about the steps involved in applying, what they look for in students, and ways they can support you through the process. 
  • How-To: The Common App: A video walk-through of how to complete the Common Application.
  • Common App: Start your application here. Writing the Admissions Essay: Find out what colleges look for in the admissions essay and discover how to craft an essay that sets you apart.
  • Virtual College Visit Guide  Virtual College Interview Guide  Transition to College Checklist: A checklist for parents and guardians to help your student prepare for the transition to college.
  • Student Stages of Transition: A helpful guide for parents and guardians to understand what to expect and how to support your student as they transition to college. 
Applying to Short-Term Training & Apprenticeships

The following presentations and resources will help support you in choosing and applying to short-term training and apprenticeship opportunities:

  • Short-Term Training & Apprenticeships: Short-term training can be a great way to increase skills or jump-start your career, and apprenticeships enable you to earn while you learn. Discover the wide variety of training options available both in-person and online throughout Vermont.
  • Vermont Adult CTE: Find training opportunities at Vermont’s 17 career and technical centers.
  • Apprenticeships in Vermont: Find out more about apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Best Bet Career Training Programs: Explore 7 short-term career training programs that each lead to a recognized credential and a great shot at a good-paying job within 18 months.
Applying to the Military
  • ROTC Programs: Find out more about the Reserve Officer Training Corps, a college program offered at more than 1,700 colleges and universities across the United States that prepares young adults to become officers in the U.S. military.
  • ASVAB: Learn more about the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a multiple-choice test that determines enlistment qualification. For ASVAB Test Prep:
  • Delayed Entry Program: Most people who enlist in the military join through the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), also called the Delayed Enlistment Program (or the Future Soldiers Program in the Army). This allows you to sign up before you are shipped out to basic training. If you plan to join the military right after high school, you'll likely enlist through DEP.
Applying for Jobs

The following videos and resources will help support you in choosing and applying for jobs:

  • Identifying Your Career Interests: Discover how your interests relate to clusters of nearly 900 occupations.
  • Showcasing Essential Skills: Learn which skills are critical to success after high school, how to highlight the skills you already have, and how to build new ones.
  • Navigating Your Own Career Path: Connect your interests and skills with promising careers in Vermont and explore a broad range of career and education pathways.
  • Intro to Résumé Writing: Find out what employers look for in a résumé and walk away with a checklist for creating a job application that will improve your odds of getting an interview.
  • Interviewing Success Strategies: Find out how to prepare for a job interview and show off your best self to potential employers. While structured around applying for a job, these tips can also be applied to a college admissions interview.
  • Vermont’s Most Promising Jobs: Discover which careers show the most promise. Each pays a median wage of at least $22/hour and is expected to have at least 220 openings over the next 10 years.
  • MyFutureVT: A free online resource to help you take the next step in your education and career journey.
Getting Help with Financial Aid Forms

Need help with your FAFSA, VT grant application, or other forms? VSAC can help in a variety of ways.


Financial Aid Forms Night Workshops

Get help submitting your FAFSA and Vermont grant application.

  • VSAC will be offering free Financial Aid Forms events at schools around the state. At this informal group workshop, we’ll assist you as you file your FAFSA and Vermont state grant application.
  • Please call your school’s Guidance Department for information on timing and to reserve your spot.


VSAC Shows You How to Complete the FAFSA

Participate in VSAC’s step-by-step tutorial.


FAFSA 1:1 Support

Visit our calendar of events to sign up for a FAFSA Friday appointment for one-on-one assistance with the FAFSA.


Financial Aid & Managing College Costs

Learn about how to pay for college and training programs.

Grants & Scholarships
Choose Vermont Scholarship

For the past three years, VSAC has joined the state and our colleges and universities to offer scholarships to students who commit to attend a Vermont school by June 1. Both out-of-state and Vermont students are eligible to apply.

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