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VSAC to benefit from restored cuts

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WINOOSKI, Vt. -

Funds secured in Washington should retain jobs here in Vermont and help more students go to college.

At a press conference with the state's congressional delegation Monday, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation President Scott Giles said passage of the federal appropriations bill will allow the organization to keep 200 workers. That's thanks to restoration of sequestration cuts and language allowing the group to administer student loans.
     
Students like Vertu Dzingou -- who fled from her war-torn Congo to the U.S. -- say navigating the college process without VSAC would have been impossible. "I'm really grateful to VSAC for that I've always been working with VSAC counselor helping me with all my financial aid every year that I started going to college," she said.

Dzingou says VSAC helped her find all the financing options available to her -- and with transferring -- when her old college's accreditation for her field of study lapsed.
     
More than 47,000 students and parents participate in one or more VSAC programs.

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