Information about financial aid can be confusing. Where do you start? Be sure to be in touch with your Guidance Office and with your college's financial aid web page. Some sources of information are listed here.
Federal Financial Aid and the FAFSA
www.ed.gov/ -- for information about federal aid
www.pin.ed.gov -- to get your PIN or change it. You will need a PIN to apply on-line.
www.fafsa.ed.gov -- to apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
www.osfa.mass.edu -- Massachusetts uses the Federal FAFSA; programs include various scholarships and a loan (No Interest Loan).
MASSGrant, the primary state scholarship program, is portable to ME, NH, CT, VT, RI, PA, and DC.
Scholarship and Financial Aid Information
www.phillips-scholarship.org -- Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarships, available to New Englanders
www.cityofboston.gov/scholarship/ -- like the Edwards Scholarship, available only to Boston residents. The city of Boston also has a scholarship guide on its website.
www.uaspire.org -- financial aid information, hands-on help
www.finaid.org/scholarships -- linked to FastWeb Scholarship Search (free); includes information about paying for college
www.saltmoney.org -- information on scholarships, loans, and other pertinent topics
www.collegeboard.org -- information about financial aid and scholarships; also, SATs and CSS Profile
Loans and Financing
www.mefa.org -- The Massachusetts Financing Authority helps Massachusetss families finance higher education.