Common Mistakes Families Make on the FAFSA

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. Read More

Your School Could Win the FAFSA Challenge

A $750 college scholarship will be issued to each of the winning high schools for highest overall FAFSA completion percentage rate and most improved FAFSA completion percentage rate. Read More

Don’t Miss These 10 Financial Aid FAQs

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.  Read More

What You Need to Complete Your Financial Aid Applications

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, 2018 W-2 form(s), 2018 untaxed income records, current bank statements, current business and investment records, current real estate records, and 2018 federal income tax returns.  Read More

Who Won the Massachusetts FAFSA Challenge?

Learn who the 2019 winners were for highest percentage of FAFSA completion at a small high school, highest percentage of FAFSA completion at a large high school, and most improved FAFSA completion percentage rate compared to last academic year. Read More

Answering Your Top Questions about Financial Aid Awards

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.  Read More

Applying for Financial Aid with International Parents

If parents are U.S. citizens living abroad, they can still create an FSA ID, but will need to convert income and assets into U.S. dollars. If parents are not U.S. citizens, they will not be able to create an FSA ID and will need to print out the signature page and mail it to the address indicated.  Read More

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Tools to Help You Make Your College List

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