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Learn about new changes to financial aid at Paying for College workshop

Changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, are here. Find out what it means for financial aid plans at a Paying for College workshop, hosted by Vermont Student Assistance Corp.
The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will provide parents and students with information on the new filing dates for the FAFSA and applying for a Vermont state grant.
The FAFSA is the basis for determining eligibility for federal Pell grants, VSAC’s Vermont state grant, financial aid from the school and for student loans. Simply put: no FAFSA, no financial aid.
The presentation, which normally runs about 90 minutes, provides students and their parents with information on ways to consider costs when searching for colleges, types of financial aid and how to apply, how family contribution is calculated, how financial aid is awarded, and student and parent loans—including VSAC’s Vermont Advantage loans.
Students and parents should sign up for an FSA ID at prior to the workshop. The form takes about 10 minutes to complete and one to three days to verify and issue the ID from Federal Student Aid.
The workshops will be offered at these high schools; check with the school for starting time and room location.
Vergennes Union High School        Oct. 4
Fair Haven High School        Oct. 4
Mount St. Joseph’s Academy        Oct. 5
Middlebury Union High School    Oct. 11
Green Mountain Union High School    Oct. 12
West Rutland High School        Oct. 12
Woodstock High School        Oct. 13
Mt. Abraham Union High School    Oct. 18
Poultney High School            Oct. 18
Springfield High School        Oct. 20
Leland and Gray Union High School    Oct. 20
Black River High School        Oct. 25
Proctor High School            Oct. 26
Rutland High School            Oct. 27
Those that cannot attend the session at a local high school should consider attending one at a nearby school. A complete schedule is available at To watch a pre recorded version, visit

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