Vt. State Colleges offering free tuition for select programs this fall

The presidents of the Vermont State Colleges announced an unprecedented offer to woo more students to campus this fall.”Did I mention free tuition?” Castleton University President Jonathan Spiro asked Wednesday, at a news conference at Vermont Technical College. He noted Castleton’s early education and special education and nursing programs are tuition free this fall.”This free tuition program is exciting for students and critical for state employers. We couldn’t be happier we can reduce financial barriers that often hold students back while helping to meet the critical workforce needs of our beautiful state,” Spiro said. It’s all thanks to new funding tucked into the $7.3 billion state budget, signed Tuesday by Gov. Phil Scott.Beyond designated free tuition programs scattered across the VSC system, special scholarship aid is also available to Vermonters attending college out of state who want to return home, and adults who have some college history but lack a degree.Free tuition is also available to Vermont students whose families earn an adjusted gross income of up to $50,000. CCV President Joyce Judy described it as “your once in a lifetime chance to really invest in yourself and make a difference in your life’s trajectory.”In addition to early childhood education and nursing, other fields of study which qualify for free tuition include bookkeeping and accounting, small business management, dental hygiene, software and web development, graphic design, paramedicine, respiratory therapy and apprenticeships in electrical and plumbing. VSC leaders urged students and parents to explore their options without delay. There is no guarantee the aid or free tuition offer will be repeated next year. More information is posted at https://yourfuture.vsc.edu/ and at vsac.org/grad or by calling 1-800-882-4166. “If you’re thinking about continuing your education, this is the year that all Vermonters should jump into high gear,” Judy said.

The presidents of the Vermont State Colleges announced an unprecedented offer to woo more students to campus this fall.

“Did I mention free tuition?” Castleton University President Jonathan Spiro asked Wednesday, at a news conference at Vermont Technical College. He noted Castleton’s early education and special education and nursing programs are tuition free this fall.

“This free tuition program is exciting for students and critical for state employers. We couldn’t be happier we can reduce financial barriers that often hold students back while helping to meet the critical workforce needs of our beautiful state,” Spiro said.

It’s all thanks to new funding tucked into the $7.3 billion state budget, signed Tuesday by Gov. Phil Scott.

Beyond designated free tuition programs scattered across the VSC system, special scholarship aid is also available to Vermonters attending college out of state who want to return home, and adults who have some college history but lack a degree.

Free tuition is also available to Vermont students whose families earn an adjusted gross income of up to $50,000.

CCV President Joyce Judy described it as “your once in a lifetime chance to really invest in yourself and make a difference in your life’s trajectory.”

In addition to early childhood education and nursing, other fields of study which qualify for free tuition include bookkeeping and accounting, small business management, dental hygiene, software and web development, graphic design, paramedicine, respiratory therapy and apprenticeships in electrical and plumbing.

VSC leaders urged students and parents to explore their options without delay. There is no guarantee the aid or free tuition offer will be repeated next year.

More information is posted at https://yourfuture.vsc.edu/ and at vsac.org/grad or by calling 1-800-882-4166.

“If you’re thinking about continuing your education, this is the year that all Vermonters should jump into high gear,” Judy said.