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Thousands of Vermont students and parents have gotten a leg up on college planning through VSAC's College Pathways events. Get the same help they did!

Two dates remaining — select a site and register below.

Dates/Locations:

Saturday, April 1, Castleton University, 9:00 am–12:30 pm  Register for 4/1

Saturday, April 29, Johnson State College, 9:00 am–12:30 pm  Register for 4/29

Workshops include:

  • applying to college, step by step
  • your college search -- what to consider & tools to use (even when undecided)
  • tackling the college admissions essay
  • strategies for the SAT/ACT
  • searching for scholarships
  • financial aid and college costs . . . and more!

 

Feedback from past parents:

Fantastic resource for the community!

Very helpful and plan to attend again next year!

Excellent topics & presenters. Lots of great information.

Well worth it!

This day was very informative! 

View the official College Pathways drawing details

 

Castleton University, April 1

9:00-9:30

Welcome

9:45-10:30

Financial Aid & Managing College Costs

Strategies for the SAT & ACT         

10:45-11:30

The Admissions Process: Step by Step

Applying to Highly Selective Colleges

Free College During High School

Scholarships

11:45-12:30

Campus Support for Students with Learning Disabilities

The College Searching: Finding the Right Fit

Intercollegiate Sports

Writing the Admissions Essay

 

Johnson State College, April 29

 9:00-9:30

Welcome

 9:45-10:30

Financial Aid & Managing College Costs

Strategies for the SAT & ACT

10:45-11:00

The Admissions Process: Step by Step

Applying to Selective Colleges

Intercollegiate Sports

Keep Calm and Prepare for Freshman Year

11:45-12:30

Campus Support for Students with Learning Disabilities

The College Search: Finding the Right Fit

Free College During High School

Writing the Admissions Essay

12:30-2:00

Choose to stay for lunch and a campus tour with Johnson State Admissions Reps

 

 

 

Directions: 

Castleton University — Check in at Fine Arts Center between 8:30-9:00 am

Johnson State College — Check in at Dibden Center for the Arts between 8:30-9:00 am

Workshops on Financial Aid

FINANCIAL AID & MANAGING COLLEGE COSTS

Presenter Powerpoint

The Financial Aid Process

Presenter Handout: Managing College Costs

FAFSA.gov

Online Videos

Having the Money Conversation

College Navigator

VSAC's Paying for College Guide

VSAC’s Scholarships Booklet

My Education Loans — VSAC's Education Loan Guide

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Presenter Powerpoint

Presenter Handout: Learning About Scholarships

Tips & timelines

College Board Scholarship Search

Cappex Scholarship Search

Fastweb Scholarship Search

Workshop on the College Search

FINDING COLLEGES THAT FIT

Presenter Powerpoint

College Comparison Chart

Links to Colleges in Vermont

Top Myths of College

Workshops on Applying to College

ACE THE INTERVIEW

Presenter Powerpoint

Campus Visits & Admissions Interviews   

Prepare for a Job Interview

Monster.com’s List of Soft Skills for the Workplace

 

THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS: STEP BY STEP

Presenter Powerpoint

The Application Process

College Admissions Toolkit

College Board’s Make a Plan

Surviving the College Admissions Madness

 

APPLYING TO SELECTIVE COLLEGES

Presenter Powerpoint

How to Get Accepted into Highly Selective Colleges

 

STRATEGIES FOR THE SAT & ACT

Presenter Powerpoint

Presenter Handout: Test tips and strategies

www.actstudent.org

www.collegeboard.com

 

WRITING THE ADMISSIONS ESSAY

Presenter PREZI (Saint Michael’s, Johnson State College)

Presenter Powerpoint (Castelton)

Tips for essay writing

Common Application Essay Prompts

Graphical Organizers to Help Organize Your Thoughts

What The Five Paragraph Essay Looks Like

 

Other Workshops

CAMPUS SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

 

FREE COLLEGE DURING HIGH SCHOOL

Dual Enrollment/Early College Fact Sheet

Vermont Dual Enrollment 

Introduction to College Studies — a Free Course for Vermont High School Students

Fast Forward Program

VAST Program at Vermont Technical College

Dual Enrollment Vouchers

 

INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS

Presenter handout: NCAA Initial Eligibility

NCAA Recruiting Fact Sheet

NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

NCAA Eligibility Center

 

KEEP CALM & PREPARE FOR FRESHMAN YEAR

Presenter Powerpoint

Student Advice for Freshman Year

The Parent “Don’t” List

Fill the Silence with These Conversation Suggestions

A Year in the Life of A College Freshman — A Student Perspective

 

WHAT I WISH I HAD KNOWN

First in the Family.org

The Naked Roommate Blog