Post-Secondary Education Program (PSE)

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

PSE is part of the Reach Up family of programs.

  • Our mission: we join families on their journey to overcome obstacles, explore opportunities, improve their finances and reach their goals.
  • Our vision: families are empowered, connected and thriving.

collegeWho Is Eligible


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

If Your Application Is Approved

You'll get:

  • Monthly cash payments if you're income eligible.
  • Support services like case management and help setting goals.
  • Help with childcare, transportation, and school supplies.

What You Must Do

  • Get accepted into college.
  • Secure the funds to cover tuition (Vermont Student Assistance Corporation can help).
  • Agree to work no more than 20 hours a week so you can focus on your education.

How To Apply

STEP 1 - Complete the following:

STEP 2 - Make copies of any required supporting documents.

STEP 3 - Submit your signed application and supporting documents.

  • Mail them to DCF Economic Services Division, Application & Document Processing Center, 280 State Drive, Waterbury, VT 05671-1500, or
  • Drop them off at a district office.

STEP 4 - Participate in an interview by phone or in person.

Additional Benefits

If you get PSE:

When Your Benefit Closes

We'll automatically enroll you in Reach Ahead if you're eligible. 

Where To Learn More

If you have questions about PSE and how to apply, call 1-800-479-6151.

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