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REMEMBER: Never pay to submit the FAFSA! It’s all free.
Every student should fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Financial aid begins with the FAFSA. It’s the first step to being considered for:
- federal financial aid
- Vermont grants
- financial aid from the colleges you’re applying to
- student loans, including the Vermont Advantage loan from VSAC.
Students planning to attend college anytime during the 2017-2018 academic year should file the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2016.
Once you’ve filled out a FAFSA:
- apply for a Vermont grant
- apply for scholarships
- fill out other forms that may be required by colleges you’re applying to
- consider education loans or other financing after you’ve determined what savings and awards you’ll be able to use to meet college expenses. Compare your true costs and carefully evaluate loans. The goal is to borrow only what you need.
Financial aid questions?
- Use our paying for college resources & tools to guide you through the financial aid process.
- Attend a financial aid forms workshop.
- Consult our senior-year financial aid timetable and tips & timelines for specific steps.
- financial aid tips for low-income families
- financial aid tips for middle-income families