Financial Counseling

Make the best of the present and the future.

Kelley Beckwith assists a student.


Worried about paying for college? Here at Academic Support, we can help you apply for financial aid, understand your college bill, and weigh your financing options. And we know it’s hard to make ends meet when you’re a student, so we’ll show you how to create a budget.

We’ll also connect you to resources that make you savvier about money. Our counselors employ a user-friendly online course, Financial Literacy 101 (You'll need our access code, CSCTRIO, to set up your free account),  to get you up to speed about credit cards, student loans, housing and transportation options, savings, and much more. (Yes, it is possible to save money on a student budget! Come in, and we’ll show you how.)

We also offer fun, informative workshops about financial topics. Watch our Facebook page for more information.

To learn more about how we can help you reach your financial and educational goals, call (802) 468-1347 or stop by to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors. While you're at it, check out some of the resources below.

Financial Aid

We offer scholarships and grants for TRIO-eligible students.

1.) TRIO Grant: Available to first and second-year students who have earned 60 credits or fewer, have received a Pell grant, and have a GPA of 2.5 or better. Awards range from $1000-$2000. Applications are due in October and grants are applied to recipients’ Spring bill.

2.) VEOP Scholarship: Open to junior and senior TRIO students who have overcome significant obstacles to meet their academic goals. Applications are due in February. The amount varies each year.

Financial & Registration Services: For information about Castleton, state, and national scholarships. (Remember: Remember: apply for TRIO and Castleton scholarships first. You are far more likely to win local scholarships than national ones.) 

FAFSA: To be considered for any financial aid at Castleton, you must complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If you have questions about the FAFSA, please schedule an appointment with one of us.

Financial Aid Glossary: Navigating your financial aid award can feel like learning a new language! Here are the words you need to know.

Financial Hardship

Broke Student?: Some tips and resources to help you thrive at college.

From our Blog

Tis the Season to be Saving: Yes, it is possible to enjoy the holidays and break on a student budget! 

Saving Money this Summer: Enjoy your vacation - and save money!

Really Free Money: Somewhere, there are scholarships for you. Here's how to find them.

FAFSA: Don't Delay, Do It Today! Why you should complete your FAFSA as soon as possible.

Students Loans 101: Before you graduate, know how much you've borrowed - and how you'll pay it back.