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The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a form that must be completed by students and parents applying for federal student aid. It is used by many states and colleges to determine a students aid eligibility. Many schools also use the FAFSA as part of their application process for non-federal aid. Be prepared to provide extensive information about your family’s income and income taxes from the previous year: assets, family size, number of family members attending college, and more.
To maximize your chances of receiving financial aid, submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of the year for which you are requesting aid. Aid as generally awarded on a first come first serve basis—a late application may cause you to miss out on available funding.
Follow the link above for step by step instructions on how to file the FAFSA.
The CSS PROFILE is a service of the College Board—a not-for-profit membership association of high schools, school systems, colleges and universities, and educational organizations. Colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, and scholarship programs use the information collected on the PROFILE to help them award nonfederal student aid funds. The PROFILE Application is customized for you based on the information you give when you register for the service. By completing the PROFILE, you provide the college with a more complete picture of your family's financial circumstances. PROFILE allows you to include explanations about special circumstances on the application. Please note: not all schools use the PROFILE. See the website for a list of participating institutions.
The Massachusetts Education Financing Authority is committed to supporting college bound students and their families. On this site you will find information about how to save for your child's college education and general financial aid process. Additionally, information about free seminars and webinars regarding the college financial aid process is available on this site.