How to Apply for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a tool administered by the U.S. Department of Education to determine the financial aid eligibility for students.

2024-25 FAFSA and FAFSA Simplification

Update February 1, 2024

Vermont State University’s Office of Financial Aid is committed to bring students and families the information you need to make enrollment decisions as soon as possible. Vermont State recognizes that FAFSA delays this year may impact your decision timeline, and our Admissions Office has extended the deposit deadline for fall 2024 from May 1 to June 1. 

The U.S. Department of Education has announced there will be delays in transferring your completed FAFSA information to colleges/universities. They currently estimate that the transfer of this information will take place in March.

Students are encouraged to complete the 2024-25 FAFSA Form. After you have done so, you should receive an email acknowledgement from Federal Student Aid (this message will be sent to the email address you use for FAFSA). VTSU can then expect to receive your FAFSA information from the U.S. Department of Education in March 2024 and, in turn, be able to provide estimated financial aid eligibility to you in April.

Families are encouraged to use the Federal Student Aid Estimator to estimate their Federal Aid eligibility which will include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Loans and Federal Work Study eligibility.

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes that the “soft-launch” of the 2024-2025 FAFSA which became available on December 31, 2023 presented technical challenges. Our office has been informed that the FAFSA application system has become more accessible at this time.

Create an FSA ID

Students and one parent whose information is on the FAFSA must each create an FSA ID to access the Federal Student Aid website. It is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal financial aid documents. You must create your FSA ID to complete the FAFSA at studentaid.gov.

Do not use your high school email address as it may no longer be active.

Complete the FAFSA

You can complete the FAFSA online at studentaid.gov. You’ll need your social security number and tax information from 2022. Be sure to select the 2024-25 academic year and use Vermont State University’s school code: 003698. All students should use this code, regardless of their campus affiliation.

You should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after December 31. Your financial aid eligibility will be determined when we have a valid FAFSA, and you have been accepted to Vermont State University.

Review your Student Aid Report

Once your application has been processed, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) to the email address provided on your FAFSA. It’s important to review this report for accuracy.

Receive Notice of your Financial Aid Eligibility

Your financial aid eligibility will be determined after you have submitted a valid FAFSA and have been admitted to Vermont State University. Your financial aid is subject to change and you may need to submit additional documentation to verify the information presented in your FAFSA.

Vermont State University automatically accepts all federal financial aid on behalf of students. The process for reducing and declining financial aid will be shared in the coming months.