Thanks to all who made it out to our College Financial Aid Night last night! It’s definitely an overwhelming topic, so I hope those of you who came got some of your questions answered and feel a little more at ease about the process.
Here are some reminders/resources to help you navigate financial aid season.
FAFSA – (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) – http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
Required by all schools if you are looking for any kind of aid. Opened October 1st. Use 2015 tax info.
CSS Profile – http://www.css.collegeboard.org
Required by some colleges. Used to give out institutional aid. Opened Oct. 1st. Look at school websites (or there is a list on the CSS Profile website) to see if any of your colleges require this form.
MEFA – Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority – http://www.mefa.org
MEFA provides many financial resources for families. Check out their resources or call them if you have questions!
FAFSA Day – Mark your calendars! FAFSA Days are being held throughout Massachusetts from November through March. Financial Aid Counselors will be on hand to help you fill out your FAFSA and answer questions. It’s free to attend, but you must register. Go to http://www.fafsaday.org to see dates and to register. UMass Lowell is hosting on November 6th, Middlesex Community College hosts one on February 12th.
Scholarships – There are tons of resources out there for scholarships. Fastweb.com is what we usually recommend, but collegeboard.org, scholarships.com, are also good ones. Be aware that some sites charge for their services and promise to find scholarships. Don’t fall for this! Scholarships should always be free. Do a Google search on anything that sounds strange. Check our scholarship Google doc frequently (I added several today): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KH_D1gQtkz3LdGzc0GKxV4giRqQwRaChN3fYINktzcU/edit?usp=sharing
As always, be aware of deadlines! Missing a deadline in the financial aid world can mean missing out on a significant amount of money.
What other information would you find helpful? Let us know how we can help you!