Financial Aid



For many families, a significant factor in the college process centers around financial aid.  Therefore, it is important to consider how colleges factor financial aid into admission as well as the development and awarding of aid packages.  Policies vary from school to school, so it is imperative that you read the materials provided by each college and contact the college's financial aid office if you have questions.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the single most important application a family can file to be considered for financial aid. It is administered by the U. S. Department of Education, required by all colleges and universities, and has no application fee. You can visit fafsa.ed.gov to complete the application, which NOW becomes available on October 1st of each year. (From the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority - MEFA.org)

How to Create an FSA ID Instructions HERE.

Helpful Financial Aid Information

  • Financial Aid Terms
  • The Financial Aid package
  • Completing the FAFSA From Start to Finish
  • Looking for more information from the Department of Education? Sign Up For Email Updates
  • MEFA Seminar Date/Time - March 26th 2019, @ 6:30 pm, NHS Auditorium This seminar is offered with MEFA, the Commonwealth’s authority on planning, saving, and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of the college payment process, including the details of financial aid award letters, using payment plans, different financing options, and how to minimize debt.

    If you are interested, please visit MEFA’s website—mefa.org/collegebound2019—and download a copy of the seminar presentation. Also make sure to bring your financial aid award letters to the seminar to get all of your questions answered after the presentation.
  • Attending college is the dream of many, but the thought of graduating with a ton of debt can make any prospective college student think twice about a college degree. Fortunately, there are a number of financial resources available to make one’s college dream come true without the crushing debt. Visit http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/graduating-debt-free/ to find out how.

College Financing Advising for Boston-Area Students

  • The American Student Assistance College Planning Center opened its doors in October 1984 as the Higher Education Information Center, Boston’s first comprehensive resource for information on post-secondary education, financial aid, and career information. With a main location in the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, and multiple other sites in the city, the Center provides free drop-in college planning services and promotes the belief that higher education should be accessible to individuals of all backgrounds. For more information please visit the American Student Assistance website.

Discounted Tuition at Out-of-State Colleges in New England

  • The New England Board of Higher Education's Tuition Break program, the New England Regional Student Program (RSP), enables thousands of New England residents to enroll at out-of-state New England public colleges and universities at a discount. Students are eligible for the RSP Tuition Break when they enroll in an approved major that is not offered by the public colleges in their own state. For more information, visit the New England Board of Higher Education website.
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