Applying for Aid

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Here are the steps you need to complete to apply for financial aid.

NEW! Transition from Federal Student Aid PIN to FSA ID. Coming on May 10, 2015:

  • The Department of Education will implement a new method for logging onto all student and borrower based websites on May 10, 2015. The effected sites include FAFSA on the Web, NSLDS Student Access,,, and the TEACH Grant website.  
  • Users will select their own username and password. After implementation, the new FSA ID will be the only method for logging on to these sites, replacing the four-digit Federal Student Aid PIN.  
  • Beginning in mid-April, information about this transition will be posted on each of the impacted websites. There is nothing that students/borrowers will be required to do prior to the date of implementation. Students and borrowers that attempt to access the PIN website after May 10, 2015 will be directed to a link to register their new FSA ID.

Note: You must complete the FAFSA after January 1 but before March 1, to meet the priority deadline.

  1. Obtain a PIN for the student and one parent to e-sign the FAFSA (please see above transition coming May 10, 2015)
  2. Apply online at
  3. Once your data has been submitted, the Department of Education will forward the information electronically to all schools you authorize to receive your information.
  4. You will receive an email from the Department of Education containing a link to your processed FAFSA, aka Student Aid Report.
  5. If you completed your FAFSA with estimated income, return to, to update your FAFSA with actual tax data using the IRS data retrieval tool (DRT).
  6. The priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA at Vermont Tech is March 1st.
  7. Applying by our priority deadline ensures that you will be considered for all forms of federal aid.
  8. Late applications are subject to the availability of funds.
  9. If you are a returning student, you will receive an email from the U.S. Department of Education reminding you to complete a renewal FAFSA.
  10. If you have any questions, contact us at or 800-965-8790.

What to expect

You will receive a financial aid award letter after we have received all required information.  The award letter will tell you the types of financial aid you are eligible to receive and instructions on how to borrow student loans. We begin mailing freshmen award letters out in March and returning students will receive their award letters in June.

Helpful Hints:

  • Paper FAFSA's are available upon request from the Department of Education. If you do not wish to file through the Internet, you may request that a paper FAFSA be mailed to you by calling the Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243.

  • You may access your Student Aid Report (SAR) as soon as 24-48 hours after you electronically filed. Go to and choose "print student aid report".