Financial Aid

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More than 80 percent of Vermont State University students receive some form of financial aid. Our dedicated financial aid team works to bring a Vermont State education within reach for students from all financial backgrounds with grants, scholarships, student loans, and more. Here, we are committed to making your education as affordable as possible so you can confidently invest in your future and be well on your way to a successful career.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, you must complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form which can be found at You are automatically considered for Vermont State University scholarships based on your admissions application.

The 2023-24 FAFSA is available as of Oct. 1, 2022. and should be submitted as soon as possible.

Types of Financial Aid at Vermont State

  • Scholarships: Institutional merit-based scholarships are awarded by the admissions office using information provided on your admissions application. Scholarships are available for first-year students, returning students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students who are registered full-time. Many students also apply for outside scholarships to help with the cost of attendance. Scholarships are aid that you do not have to pay back.
  • Grants: Federal and institutional grants are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Many Vermont State students are eligible for these grants. Students must be registered full-time for institutional grants. Grants are aid that you do not have to pay back.
  • Loans: Federal loans may be awarded as part of your financial aid package. Private loans may help you with the cost of attendance and require a separate application. There are several loan options for you and your family. All loans must be repaid.
  • State Aid: Vermont students can apply for the Vermont State Grant through Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) at Students can contact VSAC to learn more about additional funding options. Out-of-state students should contact their state’s Higher Education agency.
  • Work-Study: This aid allows you to work on campus to earn money to help pay for your college costs and daily expenses. Many departments across Vermont State University’s campuses offer work-study opportunities. A list of work-study opportunities is expected by Summer 2023.

Vermont State University’s School Code: 


All students should use this code when completing their FAFSA,
regardless of their campus affiliation. As we are becoming Vermont State University, Vermont Technical College may appear and is correct to submit.

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Financial aid is available for graduate students, too. You must complete your FAFSA at to be considered for graduate financial aid, which is most often in the form of federal unsubsidized loans.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • October 1, 2022: FAFSA opens for 2023-24 academic year
  • January 2023: New students will begin receiving their financial aid package

Returning students who have submitted their FAFSA and registered for courses should expect to receive their financial aid offer in the spring semester. More information about financial aid and scholarships at Vermont State will be available at a later date. Please note these dates are subject to change.

Returning Students

Returning Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, and/or Vermont Technical College students who have submitted the 2023-2024 FAFSA and are currently registered for the current 2023 spring semester can expect to receive their financial aid eligibility notifications for Vermont State University beginning in early May.

We are very happy to announce that tuition at Vermont State University is less than tuition figures at current institutions for all programs. When you receive your financial aid package for Vermont State University, you may notice that institutional scholarships have been reduced. This reduction is directly tied to the overall tuition reduction that students will see at Vermont State University. The goal is for net tuition paid to be equal to or less than what was paid this current year.

We’re Here to Help

Our Financial Aid team is here to help you and your family learn how to apply for financial aid and understand all the types of aid you may be eligible for. We know that navigating financial aid can be stressful, and we’re here to help you!


If you have questions regarding Financial Aid at Vermont State, please email