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 Knew I Was Rich? Calculating Your EFC

We break down the EFC formula, including how to determine your Available Income, Contribution from Assets, and Student Contribution.  Read More

Need to Make Sense of Your Financial Aid? Use This Calculator

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.  Read More

Meet Clantha McCurdy, a Leader in Massachusetts Higher Education

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.  Read More

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