Financial Aid

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION:

Navigating the financial aid process can be daunting, but well-worth it! Please use the following resources to learn more about the application process.

*Financial Aid Glossary – First click the link below to make sure you understand the terms commonly associated with financial aid awards and the application process.

* Financial Aid Timeline – This document will provide you with an overview of the financial aid application process. It‘s crucial that you apply on time, so check with your chosen schools for specific deadlines once you understand the general process! Most financial aid applications are due in February or March, before the admissions decisions are mailed.  Early Action/Decision may have an earlier deadline. 

* Commonly Required Documents – Use this checklist to help yourself get organized and prepared early! Throughout the year, keep track of and save copies of these important financial documents.

* Remember: Submit every financial aid application required!

  • Check with your school’s financial aid office to ensure that all necessary forms have been received.
  • Estimate information if necessary – don’t just skip the application if you don’t know an answer!
  • Applications must be completed every year.

There are PLENTY of resources for free assistance with the process. Check the links below for helpful links or events.

–       Important links:

www.mefa.org : Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority; Click here for MEFA’s

Attend a MEFA Seminar! Dates and locations of local MEFA Seminars can be found on their website at  www.mefa.org/collegebound/attend_seminar.aspxTopics covered at the Seminar include:

  • Payment options and ways to minimize college loan debt
  • Reading/understanding award letters and the billing process
  • Working with the financial aid office at the college you’re planning on attending

www.mefa.org/seniors: Financial Aid information and time-line for Seniors provided by MEFA.

http://www.finaid.org/calculators/ :Net Price Calculators provide an estimated net price (cost minus gift aid) for attendance at an institution for one year.  Please note: they are also located on each school’s website, and are an estimate.

www.fafsa.edu.govFree Application for Federal Student Aid.  Apply for a pin here to use all four years.  Students and parent must sign electronically with a pin.

http://www.fafsaday.org: Free assistance to students and families in completing the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile: The CCS profile, short for the College Scholarship Service Profile, is an application distributed by the College Board allowing college students to apply for financial aid at private member institutions.  It is primarily designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family.

http://www.elmselect.com/#/: This is an online tool that allows students and parents to find and  compare lenders and student loans that match your needs. ELMSelect provides a truly neutral lender and product comparison tool you can trust.