WINOOSKI >> 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.

Dates and times include: Arlington Memorial High School, Jan. 5, 2016, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call Guidance for an appointment: 802-375-2589; Mt. Anthony Union High School — Two Sessions: Jan. 7, 2016, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Jan. 8, 2016, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Call Guidance for an appointment: 802-447-7511; Burr & Burton Academy, Feb. 3, 2016, Library, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


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.