Paying For College

Printable Handout on Financial Aid

Click here for a printable handout from MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) about financing college.  



All families of students planning to attend two- or four-year colleges in 2018 should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal financial aid.  The FAFSA is free to complete.  Families may begin filling out the FAFSA on October 1 using tax information from 2016.  Each college has its own deadline to submit the FAFSA. 

Before completing the FAFSA, students and families will need to set up a Federal Student Aid Identification (FSA ID). 

Set up your FSA ID here.

Start your FAFSA here


Want help filling out the FAFSA?  Attend a Massachusetts FAFSA Day event! 

Thursday, November 2, 7:00pm at Amherst Regional High School
Sunday, November 5, 1:00pm at Turners Falls High School
Sunday, November 5, 1:00pm at Holyoke Community College
Sunday, November 5, 1:00pm at American International College

More information about FAFSA Days here


CSS Profile

The CSS Profile is a financial aid application used by some colleges to allocate institutional financial aid, which includes grants and scholarships that come directly from the college.  Students should check financial aid application requirements to find out whether or not a college requires the CSS Profile.  It costs $25 to complete and submit the CSS Profile to one college, and $16 for each college after that.  Fee waivers are available for families who qualify.  Families may begin filling out the CSS Profile starting on October 1 using tax information from 2016 and 2017. 

Start your CSS Profile here



Click here to visit PVPA's continuously updated list of scholarships


Other resources for scholarships

Big Future Scholarship Search

Massachusetts Education Financing Authority (MEFA)


UNCF Scholarships List


More coming soon!