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Vermont Scholarships and Financial Aid

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

Although one of the least-populated states in the U.S. (second only to Wyoming), Vermont is able to offer 24 universities and colleges to students. Whether you decide to pursue your post-secondary education at Bennington College in Bennington or the University of Vermont in Burlington, you may be able to find financial assistance to do it.

Four Main Types of Vermont Scholarships and Financial Aids

  • Grants and low-interest loans from the federal government.
  • Grants, scholarships, and tuition waivers from Vermont state government.
  • Scholarships from Vermont universities and colleges.
  • Scholarships from Vermont businesses, professional organizations, and foundations.

Grants and Low-Interest Loans from the Federal Government

Vermont students with financial need may qualify for federal financial aid. To see if you qualify, file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA applications are available January 1, the year before the year you are requesting aid for. The national deadline for the FAFSA is usually June 30 the year you are requesting aid for. Many Vermont colleges and universities also have their own deadlines. Check with your school to make sure you don’t miss the deadline because federal financial aid programs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you do qualify for federal financial aid, your school will decide how much you need and offer you grants and/or loans. You may accept as much or as little as you want.

Vermont State Financial Aid – Grants, Scholarships, and Tuition Waivers

The state of Vermont offers three grant programs to help students pay for college.

Vermont Incentive Grants are offered to Vermont resident students who are planning to get their first bachelor’s degree or certificate at a post-secondary institution in or outside of Vermont. Vermont residents who are pursuing a medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine or a veterinary degree at any school in Vermont are also eligible to apply. Submit a FAFSA and a Vermont Grant Application as soon as possible after January 1.

Vermont Part-Time Grants are offered to Vermont resident students who are attending a post-secondary institution less than full-time for the purpose of a bachelor’s degree or a certificate. For the application process, see Vermont Incent Grants.

Vermont Non-Degree Grants are offered to Vermont resident students who are taking classes to improve job abilities or other educational purposes. For applications contact the Vermont Department of Labor offices, vocational centers, or the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation at 800-882-4166 or 802-654-3750.

These two other Vermont financial aid programs are available:

The Emily Lester Vermont Opportunity Scholarship and the Vermont Chafee Education and Training Scholarship were developed to assist Vermont foster children who were under the custody of the Vermont Commissioner for Children and Families before 18 years of age. Click here for more information.

The Vermont State Colleges Valedictorian/Salutatorian Tuition Waiver is available to Vermont valedictorians or salutatorians from Vermont high schools. Students must be enrolled in at least six units at a Vermont State college. Click here for more information.

Scholarships from Vermont Universities and Colleges

Almost all Vermont universities and colleges offer scholarships to students enrolled in their programs. Scholarships are usually based on academic achievement, need, major, special ability, or a combination of these things. Each university or college usually has its own application procedures. Some schools require separate applications for scholarships and some schools require one general scholarship application. Most scholarships based on academic achievement are offered through the admissions process. Students need only apply for admission to the university or college to be considered for an award. Scholarships based other criteria, such as major or special ability, may require their own applications. Check with your school to find out what its scholarship application process is.

Other Scholarships – Vermont Businesses, Professional Organizations, and Foundations

Another type of scholarship is offered by Vermont businesses, professional organizations, and foundations. Here is a list of some of the available scholarships in Vermont:

Windham Foundation
Award: Scholarships in the average amount of $2,000.
Qualifications: Students must be from Windham County and be pursuing undergraduate degrees.
Deadline: Usually at the beginning of March.
Application: See foundation website for current application.

Vermont Golf Association Scholarship Fund
Award: 40 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 renewable up to three years.
Qualifications: Applicants must be Vermont residents graduating from Vermont high schools or high schools in Hanover, New Hampshire, Granville, New York, or Rivendell Interstate School District. Applicants must be from the top 40% of their graduating class. Students will be selected based on academic achievement, financial need, and involvement with golf.
Deadline: Usually in April.
Application: Click here for current application.

Vermont Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) Association
Award: Dr. Kenneth J. Friedman-Vermont (KJF-V) CFIDS Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.
Qualifications: Applicants must be first-year medical students who are about to go into their second year. An essay is required. For more information, contact the association at admin@vtcfids.org.
Deadline: Usually in August.
Application: Click here for current application.

Vermont Dietetic Association Scholarship
Award: Betsy Hiser Scholarship
Qualifications: Vermont resident registered dietician pursuing further education.
Deadline: March 1st every year.
Application: Click here for current application.

Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation":http://www.vtmd.org/Membership/VMSERF.html
Award: Dr. Mildred Reardon Scholarship
Qualifications: Applicants must be medical students at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. For more information on this scholarships, please contact the Vermont Medical Society at 802-223-7898 or 800-640-8767.

Vermont State Nurses’ Foundation
Award: Arthur L. Davis Scholarship
Qualifications: Applicants must be Vermont State Nurses’ Association members, be enrolled in a nursing program, and be active in a nursing organization. For more information, contact the foundation at (802) 651-8886.

Three Things to Remember About Vermont Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Some Vermont financial aid programs require only the FAFSA, some require only their own applications, while others require both the FAFSA and a separate application. If you qualify for a state financial aid program, make sure you are aware of which application(s) are required of you.
  • Because each university and college usually has a different scholarship application procedure, you should check with your school’s financial or scholarship office early on to make sure you know what the application procedure is.
  • When searching for Vermont scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government, or universities and colleges, try looking locally first before pursuing national scholarships. Organizations and businesses in your local area may be offering scholarships.

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