Mistakes include missing a school's deadline, putting parent info in the student section, using a nickname, forgetting to add schools, incorrectly reporting taxable grants and scholarships, leaving college-going siblings out of the household size, using the wrong Social Security number, and not using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.…
By Meredith Clement    |
Topics include completing financial aid applications, getting an FSA ID, who requires the CSS Profile, applying for financial aid without a Social Security number, who should complete the financial aid applications, the affect of 529 accounts on financial aid, the financial aid timeline, EFC Calculators, and helpful websites. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Items needed include an FSA ID, a College Board username and password, a student's driver's license, a list of colleges where the student is applying, Social Security numbers, W-2 form(s), and untaxed income records. …
By Meredith Clement    |
We break down the EFC formula, including how to determine your Available Income, Contribution from Assets, and Student Contribution. …
By Meredith Clement    |
To use this calculator, enter the cost of up to four schools, the gift aid you received from each school, the amount you received in Federal Direct Loans, and any other resources that will help you pay for college to see how much you will owe at each school. …
By Meredith Clement    |
The Senior Deputy Commissioner of Access and Student Financial Assistance discuses her job responsibilities, the state budget recommendation, the Commonwealth Commitment, and collaborating with other agencies to help students. …
By Clantha McCurdy, Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
We discuss work study, the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, how scholarships affect financial aid, subsidized vs unsubsidized loans, Federal Direct Loan limits and interest rates, MA state aid, and how to use your college savings funds. …
By Meredith Clement    |
We explain how international students can complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile, where they can search for scholarships, which loan options are available to them, and what type of schools can provide the most financial aid for them. …
By Lauren Patten    |
Calculate your EFC by entering your state of residence, the number of people in your household, the number of children you anticipate to be in college, information about the finances of the student's parents, and financial information for the student.…
By Meredith Clement    |
We asked financial aid administrators at three different Massachusetts colleges how they would respond if a perspective student appealed for more financial aid. Answers ranged from not matching another school's offer to potentially granting more moderate requests. …
By Jonathan Hughes    |