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Post-Secondary Education Program (PSE)

collegeIf you have dependent children and need financial help while going to college, this program might be right for you!

PSE helps eligible parents earn two- or four-year undergraduate college degrees so they can get good paying jobs and support their families.


Who is eligible?

Parents:

  • With minor, dependent children at home
  • Who live in Vermont
  • With incomes under 150% of the federal poverty level

What help is available?

  • Monthly cash payments
  • Support services
  • Help with childcare, transportation and school supplies
  • Benefits through Reach Ahead once your PSE grant closes (we'll automatically enroll you if you're eligible)

What am I responsible for?

You must:

  • Be accepted into college
  • Secure the funds to cover tuition (the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation can help you apply for grants, loans and scholarships)
  • Agree to work no more than 20 hours a week so you can focus on your education

How do I apply?

STEP 1 - COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING FORMS:

STEP 2 - ATTACH COPIES OF ANY REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS.
The documents you must submit as part of your application are listed in the above forms.

STEP 3 - SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.
Send your completed forms and supporting documents to your local ESD District Office or to DCF Economic Services Division, Application & Document Processing Center, 280 State Drive, Waterbury, VT 05671-1500.

STEP 4 - PARTICIPATE IN AN INTERVIEW. 
If you apply for PSE, you’ll have to complete an interview — by phone or in person — before we can make a decision about your eligibility. We'll inform you about the interview process after we receive your application.


Where can I learn more?

  • If you have questions about PSE and how to apply, call 1-800-479-6151
  • Print the PSE Rackcard