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
More information about FAFSA Days here.
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
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