WINOOSKI -- Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC) will offer free workshops at local high schools to help families plan how to pay for college and training after high school. The presentations, which normally run 90 minutes to 2 hours, provide students and their parents with information on financial aid and other resources available to pay for college. Time is allotted for questions.

Among the topics covered are: types of financial aid; ways to apply; how family contribution is calculated; how financial aid is awarded; student and parent loans; how to compare college costs and alternative payment options.

Dates and times include:

â?¢ Lake Region Union High School, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m.

â?¢ Blue Mountain Union High School, Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m.

â?¢ Lyndon Institute, Oct. 9, 5:30 p.m.

â?¢ Hazen Union High School, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.

â?¢ North Country Union High School Library, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.

â?¢ St. Johnsbury Academy (Morse Black Box), Oct. 30, 6 p.m.

â?¢ Canaan Memorial High School Library, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.

â?¢ Danville High School Library, Nov. 5, 6 p.m.

â?¢ Concord High School, Nov. 6, 6 p.m.

â?¢ Craftsbury Academy, Nov.12, 6:30 p.m.

The workshops are free and open to the public. View the full schedule at www.vsac.org/schedule for sessions at local high schools. Dates may change; be sure to double-check the calendar before heading out.

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is a public, nonprofit corporation created by the Vermont Legislature in 1965 to help Vermonters plan and pay for education or training beyond high school. VSAC administers Vermont's 529 college savings plan; outreach services to encourage low-income students to aspire to and complete college; college and career planning services for all Vermonters; need-based state grants for full-time, part-time and non-degree study; public and private scholarship programs; and education loans. Find us at www.vsac.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VermontStudentAssistanceCorporation.

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