Education notes

VSAC to offer financial aid forms workshops at local high schools

BRATTLEBORO >> Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will offer free workshops to help families fill out financial aid forms at local high schools in January.

These informal workshops offer guidance on filling out the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is the basis for determining eligibility for federal Pell grants, VSAC's Vermont State Grant, financial aid from the school that the student attends and for student loans.

Students and parents can also ask questions and learn about the college financial aid process, including how to apply for scholarships.

Internet access will be available and space is limited. Participants should bring the following: Social Security number; most recent federal tax return; and most recent W-2 or year-end pay stub. All documentation will be confidential and used solely to fill out individual forms.

The first workshop will be at Brattleboro Union High School and Windham Regional Career Center on Jan. 5, in the BUHS Computer Lab, with two sessions at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Bellows Falls Union High School will host a workshop on Jan. 6 in the Computer Lab, also two sessions at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Leland and Gray Union High School will hold a workshop on Jan. 7 in the library at 6:30 p.m.

Please contact the high school in the event of weather-related cancellations or postponements. For a complete schedule of VSAC's Financial Aid Forms Nights, go to Information on VSAC's college planning resources can be found at and

These workshops are funded by VSAC, Vermont state GEAR UP, a federally funded program, Vermont Talent Search, a federally funded program, and by USA Funds, a nonprofit organization that promotes preparation for, access to and success in higher education.

Mount Snow Express Bus makes its return

BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro School Endowment is once again offering the Mount Snow Express Bus, which will run for its third year this ski season.

This year's buses are sponsored by four generous local companies who believe in our community's kids: A.L. Tyler & Sons, Lawton Flooring, The Marina Restaurant and Vermont Country Deli.

Starting on Sunday, Dec. 27, the bus will run every Sunday (weather dependent) through the end of February. It will also run on the Thursday of February vacation week, Feb. 18, and on Town Meeting Day, March 1.

The bus leaves from Academy School's front door area at 8 a.m., and then stops at the gas station on Route 30 around 8:15. It arrives Sundance Lodge at 9 a.m. The return trip departs the Sundance Lodge at 4 p.m., arriving back to the gas station on Route 30 by 4:30 and back to Academy around 4:45 p.m.

Riders must sign a waiver of liability, and must be 7th grade or older in order to ride without adult. Bus riders are responsible for being on the bus at the time of departure. One adult chaperones rides the bus each week — email to volunteer or get your name on the list. Or find the Brattleboro School Endowment on Facebook.


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