These informal workshops offer guidance on filling out the FAFSA, or Free Application for federal student aid, and the Vermont grant application. The FAFSA is the basis for determining eligibility for federal Pell grants, the Vermont state grant, financial aid from the school that the student attends, and for student loans.
Students and parents also can ask questions and learn about the college financial aid process, including how to apply for scholarships. Internet access will be available and space is limited. Students and parents should sign up for a FSA ID at www.fsaid.ed.gov 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.
Beginning with last year’s FAFSA, the US Department of Education has offered an earlier filing option for students seeking financial aid. Students applying for financial aid for enrollment beginning after July 1, 2018, can file their FAFSA and Vermont grant application as early as October 1.
Dates and times for the workshops include: Bellows Falls Union High School, October 5, at 6 pm; Brattleboro Union High School/Windham Regional Career Center, October 17, at 4 pm or 6 pm; Leland & Gray Union High School, October 19, 3 pm or 6 pm; and Twin Valley Middle High School, November 14, 4 to 7 pm. Contact the high school directly in the event of unanticipated cancelations or postponements. More information can be found at www.vsac.org.