The 2016–17 FAFSA® is now available! The online FAFSA has gotten a lot easier over the last few years. Thanks to improvements like skip logic, where you only see questions that are applicable to you; and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which allows you to import your tax information from the IRS directly into the FAFSA application, the FAFSA takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Just make sure to take your time so you don’t make one of these mistakes.
FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a College Goal Sunday Program, is a non-profit, volunteer-driven program providing free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
MEFA's team is online and out in the community year round to help provide education and guidance on the topics that matter most to you. Seminars are held at hundreds of high schools and community locations throughout Massachusetts and are free to the public. They also hosts frequent webinars that allow families to connect and learn from home. MEFA explains the nuts and bolts of how financial aid works and offer strategies for smoothly navigating the college financing process from beginning to end. Topics include:
One of the biggest decisions for those entering college is how to finance their education — and for more than two-thirds of those getting bachelor’s degrees, the answer involves taking on debt. The New York Times Student Loan Calculator offers a guide to the borrowing picture at various institutions — and what it takes after graduation to repay the loans.
Students that transfer from acan get the following benefits* through MassTransfer:
* MassTransfer benefits are awarded to students based on academic performance. Learn more here.
Photo courtesy Bunker Hill Community College.
To apply for financial aid, you must first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA). In Massachusetts, the deadline to submit your FAFSA is May 1, 2016 at midnight central time. But don't wait until the last minute! Head to the Info & Tools for Students page for resources that will help you through the process, and get started with the online application at fafsa.ed.gov.
Boston, MA -- February 4, 2015 -- Massachusetts community college students hoping to launch careers in business and entrepreneurship will have a unique opportunity to study abroad and earn their bachelor's degrees for free through a new scholarship program launched by Shorelight Education in partnership with Bath Spa University and the Commonwealth, the Department of Higher Education announced today.
Shorelight, a Massachusetts-based company that partners with leading nonprofit universities to increase access for international students, has established the Shorelight Global Scholarship Program to give two Massachusetts students a full two-year scholarship worth an estimated $85,000 USD including tuition, housing and airfare. Students will attend the undergraduate School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Bath Spa University in Bath, England, and are expected to complete the coursework required to earn a bachelor's degree.
"This is an extraordinary opportunity for highly motivated students to earn a four-year degree while also having an opportunity to study abroad," said Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland. "I commend Shorelight Education and Bath Spa University for creating the scholarship program and for recognizing the talents and creative potential of our community college students."