Free Money: New Aid for the 2021-22 School Year

There has never been a better time to be a student in Vermont.

Thanks to the State of Vermont and philanthropic donors, there is more aid than ever to help you reach your goals. Whether you are looking for a short-term certificate, an associate degree, or bachelor’s degree, check out these incredible opportunities at Vermont’s career and technical centers, and public colleges and universities. But do it now – the money is sure to go quickly!

Details for some additional state-funded aid programs have yet to be announced. Follow Advance Vermont on Facebook and Twitter and check back here for updates. Until then, here is what you need to know.

Scholarships for Adults at Vermont’s Regional Technical Centers

The State of Vermont and VSAC are partnering to provide $1,000 scholarships for adults enrolled in a career & technical education certificate program. Applicants must be Vermont residents and have completed high school. For more details and to access these funds, be in touch with VSAC’s Educational Opportunity Center Program or your regional technical center.

Learn more about the available adult career and technical education programs here.

Opportunities at the Vermont State Colleges

Castleton University, the Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College are offering new scholarships, free tuition, and other financial aid opportunities for Vermont students. Below is a snapshot of each program. More information can be found here and college-specific details at the links above.

Who: For Vermont students transferring to a Vermont State College from an out-of-state institution, or those returning to school (including from another Vermont State College)  after leaving between March 1, 2020 and May 1, 2021.

What:  Up to $5,000 per year for full-time students and $3,000 per year for part-time students.

How: Learn more from the college links above or be in touch with an admissions office at any of the Vermont State Colleges.

Upskill at the University of Vermont

The University of Vermont is offering two free professional development courses to Vermonters with its Upskill Vermont Scholarship Program. The program is currently sold out, but there may be more opportunities to unlock these free courses. Visit the UpSkill Vermont webpage to learn more and sign up for updates should new courses be added or become available.

Tuition Break for “Best Bet” Programs

Two special funding opportunities are available for Vermonters who enroll in one of the seven “best bet” career training programs as identified by the McClure foundation. These short-term credentials can lead to a promising job within 18 months.  Vermonters enrolled in these program can receive a $1,000 tuition discount thanks to the VT COVID-19 Response Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. Interested Vermonters should contact the Community College of Vermont (802-262-6557) and Vermont Tech (800-965-8790) to learn more. 

Additional scholarships for these “best bet” programs are available through the Curtis Fund, administered by VSAC. To learn more, call 877-961-4369 to connect with an education outreach counselor.

Still in High School? No problem!

Vermonters can get a free jump start on college credits before they’ve even graduated high school.

Dual Enrollment: Take up to two free college courses during junior and senior years of high school.

Fast Forward: Career and technical education students can take free college courses offered through their tech center.

Early College: Students spend their final year in high school as a full-time college student – for free. Special this year: the Vermont Community Foundation is partnering with CCV to offer a $1,000 stipend to each student in the Vermont High School Class of 2022 who enrolls in CCV’s free Early College Plus program to pursue one of three certificate programs: Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Graphic Design, or IT Service Desk Specialist. Learn more and apply for the Early College Plus program here.

Learn more about these “flexible pathways.”

Need More Help Paying for Education and Training?

Figuring out how to pay for post-high school education and training can be tough. MyFutureVT is here to help you break through the jargon.

Learn the financial aid basics and pick up some tips for how to make education and training more affordable.