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Vermont Grants


A grant is an outright gift of money that usually doesn’t need to be repaid. That’s why it’s sometimes referred to as “gift aid.“

Most grants are based on a family’s level of financial need.

The Vermont Legislature designates a certain amount of grant money every year for Vermont residents who want to pursue education or training beyond high school. These grants are administered through VSAC.

Refer to the links below for more information.


Vermont Incentive grant for Vermont residents enrolled in 12 or more credits per term

Eligibility

Vermont residents are eligible to apply for a Vermont Incentive grant if they are:

  1. accepted or enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate program, and do not already have a bachelor's degree; unless they are
    • attending the University of Vermont College of Medicine, or
    • enrolled in a doctor of veterinary medicine program.
  2. enrolled in at least 12 credits per term

Vermont Incentive grants are available for Vermont residents enrolled full-time at any postsecondary institution within the United States or Canada that participates in the federal Pell grant program.

Amount

The grant award amount is based on financial need and the cost of attendance of the student’s school. The minimum and maximum award amounts are determined annually based on funding availability.

Note: Vermont grant applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available.

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required for the Vermont grant application.
    • Request a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.
  2. Fill out the Vermont grant application. The FAFSA confirmation page will provide a link that will take you to the myVSAC registration page, where you can register for a new account or log in to your existing account. Once logged in, you will see the Vermont grant application, which will partially be prefilled from your FAFSA.

Have you already submitted your 2014–2015 FAFSA? If yes, then go directly to the Vermont grant application. To complete the application online, log in to your myVSAC account (or create an account if you have not yet done so). Once logged in, follow the grant link on the left to submit the appropriate grant application.

 

Vermont Part-Time grant for Vermont residents enrolled in fewer than 12 credits per term

Eligibility

Vermont residents are eligible to apply for a Vermont Part-Time grant if they are:

  1. accepted or enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate program, and do not already have a bachelor's degree; unless they are
    • attending the University of Vermont College of Medicine, or
    • enrolled in a doctor of veterinary medicine program.
  2. enrolled in fewer than 12 credits per term

Vermont Part-time grants are available for Vermont residents enrolled less than full-time at any postsecondary institution within the United States or Canada that participates in the federal Pell grant program.

Amount

The grant award amount is based on financial need and the cost of attendance of the student’s school. The amount of each award varies based on the number of credit hours.

Note: Vermont grant applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available.

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required for the Vermont grant application.
    • Request a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.
  2. Fill out the Vermont grant application. The FAFSA confirmation page will provide a link that will take you to the myVSAC registration page, where you can register for a new account or log in to your existing account. Once logged in, you will see the Vermont grant application, which will partially be prefilled from your FAFSA.

Have you already submitted your 2014–2015 FAFSA? If yes, then go directly to the Vermont grant application. To complete the application online, log in to your myVSAC account (or create an account if you have not yet done so). Once logged in, follow the grant link on the left to submit the appropriate grant application.

 

Vermont Non-Degree grant for Vermont residents enrolled in a non-degree course or program

Eligibility

A Vermont resident enrolled in a non-degree (non-matriculated) course that will improve employability or encourage further study is eligible to apply for a Vermont Non-Degree grant.

An applicant may receive a Non-Degree grant for up to two enrollment terms per financial aid year (July 1 – June 30), and a total of six terms of Non-Degree grants in a lifetime.

Classes can be taken at any of the following:

  • An approved postsecondary education institution within the United States or Canada.
  • A Vermont educational institution such as a high school or technical center that offers a continuing education program.
  • A private organization within the United States that offers training courses and meets the requirements for being an approved school for the Vermont Non-Degree Grant Program.

Amount

The grant award amount is based on financial need and the cost of the course. The maximum award amount per term is determined each year by VSAC based on funding availability.

Note: Vermont grant applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available.

How to Apply

Log directly in to your myVSAC account to complete the online application (or create an account if you have not yet done so). Once logged in, follow the grant link on the left in order to submit the appropriate grant application.

 

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