FAFSA first!


Gather the documents you need, get help at a financial aid events, and use online resources.
REMEMBER: Never pay to submit the FAFSA! It’s all free. Make sure the site you’re using ends in .gov, NOT com!

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:

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.


Students planning to attend college anytime during the 2017-2018 academic year should file the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2016.

Financial aid questions? Use our publications, videos, and online links to guide you through the process.

Get help.