Free Tuition Scholarship (Critical Occupations)

Update: March 6, 2023

At this time we do not anticipate funding for this program for the 2023-2024 academic year.

State Funded Scholarships

This scholarship is designed as free tuition for specific programs identified as “Critical Occupations” by the Vermont State Legislature. The list includes programs on the McClure Foundation’s “Best Bet” list and others identified as essential to the state’s future workforce needs. For Vermont Tech, the list of covered programs includes:

In addition, programs offered by Continuing Education and Workforce Development are included in this scholarship initiative for the Electrical and Plumbing Apprenticeships.

This scholarship is part of the state-funded Critical Occupations Scholarships and covers last-dollar tuition, meaning any remaining tuition owed after institutional, state and federal gift aid is applied. Combined aid may not exceed the student’s total cost of tuition, fees, institutional room and board (or budgeted living allowance if living off campus), and an allowance for books.


Applicants must:

  • Be newly accepted or currently enrolled a one of the above-listed Critical Occupation degree or certificate program.
  • Meet Vermont residency requirements per Policy 301.

Application Details

Students must apply and be accepted to the college and complete a FAFSA form, or currently enrolled in one of the identified programs. Accepted applicants and current students that meet the above requirements will be automatically considered for this scholarship.