File a FAFSA!

In discussing the cost of UVM, I often tell families that there is no other purchase that we make where it takes so long to tell someone how much it is going to cost! Because of the availability of merit and need-based financial assistance, we often are able to have the actual price a student pays to attend UVM be lower than the published price. Completing an application for admission (and sending in test scores, transcripts and recommendations) as well as completing a FAFSA (for students who choose to do so) are the two important steps to take in order to access all possible available financial assistance from UVM (except for the couple of scholarships that require a separate application).

February 10 is the priority deadline for filing a FAFSA at UVM. I found that it takes about an hour to fill out the FAFSA for the first time, provided you have all the information gathered that you will need. If you don’t have your taxes completed yet for 2012, you can use estimated information in order to be sure you meet the Feb. 10 deadline. Once your tax information is complete, you can go back into the FAFSA record to update the information.

New to the FAFSA? Be sure to request a PIN from the FAFSA website (the student and a parent will each need a PIN.) These PINs serve both as your electronic signature as well as the unique identifier for your FAFSA record. You will use the same PIN throughout college so be sure to keep track of it (and the password!)

We will begin processing our FAFSA records in mid-February. Our student financial services office will send a confirmation when we receive your FAFSA. If we need additional information, the office will send reminders for that additional information. You can also check on the application status websitee (the same site where you check your application status with you 95 ID number) for the financial aid requirements and award.

Feel free to check out the Student Financial Services (SFS) website. You can ask a questionn their website (where you can ask a question from the Ask a Question tab.) In addition you can talk with a financial aid counselor by calling 802-656-5700.

We look forward to working with you during this process!

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