Our Programs

Vermont Upward Bound

Upward Bound helps high school students to prepare for higher education. Participants receive instruction in literature, composition, mathematics and science on college campuses after school, on Saturdays and during the summer. Currently, there are four programs in Vermont serving more than 300 students.

Vermont Talent Search

Talent Search programs serve young people in grades six through twelve. In addition to counseling, participants receive information about college admissions requirements, scholarships and various student financial aid programs. This early intervention program helps people from modest income families and from families where neither parent graduated from college, to better understand their educational opportunities and options. Vermont Talent Search is hosted through Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) and works with 1,000 students.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services helps low-income students to stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degrees. Participants, who include disabled college students, receive tutoring, counseling and remedial instruction. Students are now being served at six colleges and universities throughout the state, serving more than 1,305 students.

Educational Opportunity Centers

Educational Opportunity Centers located throughout the country primarily serve adults who with modest incomes for whom neither parent graduated from a four-year college. These Centers help people to choose a college or training program and to find financial aid. Vermont EOC is hosted through Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) and works with more than 1,700 adults statewide.


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

The GEAR UP program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program’s intent is to improve low-income students’ test scores, and to increase high school graduation and college enrollment rates by encouraging more young people to have high expectations, stay in school, study hard, and take the courses needed to prepare them for postsecondary enrollment. In Vermont, there is a statewide GEAR Up Program, hosted by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), serving over 3,200 students.