If 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?
- 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?
- 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:
- 202 - Application for Benefits (check that you're applying for Reach Up and answer those questions)
- 202PSE - Postsecondary Education Program Application (fillable form)
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