There's a whole community ready to help you pay for college
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is the key to unlocking college financial aid from federal, state, and local sources. Filling out the FAFSA helps keep college an option for the fall but does not commit you to enrolling. Fill out the FAFSA as early as possible to maximize the aid you'll receive!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is what colleges use to determine your eligibility for federal aid. It is also what Massachusetts uses to award state aid, and many colleges use it to award their own aid.
Filling out the FAFSA as soon as possible will you give the best chance at more financial aid. Even if you missed your college's priority deadline for financial aid applications, it's still worth filling out the FAFSA, because there may still be aid available.
Filling out the FAFSA does not commit you to enrolling in college or taking out any loans. What it does is keep college an option by connecting you with financial aid.
Filling out the FAFSA requires a lot of documents, but there is a community of people who can help, starting with your school counselor. In addition, see the Resources and Events tabs on this website for more information.
Here are some of the documents that the Federal Student Aid office says you might need to have on hand in order to complete the FAFSA:
You won't need to send the documents in, but you'll need information from them.
Once you're ready to fill out the FAFSA, remember to connect with your school counselor and check the links on the Resources and Events section of this website. You're on your way!
Last Updated: April 13, 2021
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