Free FAFSA Help
Have you completed the FAFSA? Submitting the form online at fafsa.gov is the most important step you can take to get free money to pay for college. And there are plenty of resources available to help you. We've included a list below. If you live in Massachusetts, the deadline to submit the FAFSA for state aid is May 1st, so don't delay!
- The FAFSA Festival is an all-day drop-in virtual event where you can log into Zoom anytime and receive free, one-on-one help completing the FAFSA from a financial aid expert. Whether you have just one question or several, this event is for you. It's held in October each year, and you can find registration information on our Events page.
- Mass.gov/financialaid is a new website from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that will include a list of resources to help you complete the FAFSA. Return to it often for new additions.
- MassEdCo is a non-profit Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) that offers one-on-one assistance to anyone who needs help completing the FAFSA. They have six locations across the Commonwealth, in Boston, New Bedford, Lynn, Southbridge, Worcester, Springfield, and Pittsfield. All appointments are currently virtual but will transition back to in person in the future. To make an appointment, use the contact information for the site closet to you. You can find that here.
- Our Understanding the FAFSA webinar provides step-by-step guidance on how to complete the application, and answers many commonly asked questions. It's available on demand, so you can watch it anytime here.
- Federal Student Aid, the office within the Department of Education that manages the FAFSA, has several helpful videos about the application, including guidance on how to set up your username and password and what happens after you complete the form. Find them all on YouTube here.
Remember, the FAFSA is a free application to get you money for college, and you should complete it as soon as you can. Get started filling it out at fafsa.gov, and if you run into any problems, access any of the resources above. There are so many experts ready and willing to help you submit this very important form that can open doors for your future. Don't delay!