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Financial Aid

 
Applying for Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students who are in need of assistance in meeting the cost of post-secondary education.  Various forms of financial aid are now available in the guidance office including local, state and federal options.

Complete the FREE FAFSA at: www.fafsa.ed.gov

Changes To The FAFSA - These Will Be Introduced Next School Year (The Class Of 2017 Will Need To Be Aware Of These Changes). Click Here For A List Of These Changes: FAFSA Changes

 

Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier.  Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The FAFSA became available January 1 as in previous years.)

Receive support from MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) at: http://www.mefa.org/


What Types of Financial Aid are Available?

Students and their families are encouraged to apply to various financial aid sources, so they can receive as much assistance as possible. Different types of aid may include:


Grants/Scholarships
This form of aid is a ‘gift’ that does not have to be repaid.  This 'gift' aid is offered at the local, state and federal levels and is based on need and/or academic achievement, special interests such as athletics, music or other abilities.

Students who receive local scholarships MUST report awards to colleges and universities. Colleges will include them as part of the student's overall aid package and may make adjustments to the package as necessary (MEFA, 2010-11).
 

Outside Scholarships
Various outside scholarships are available for students. These scholarships come from local and state civic groups, community organizations as well as national sources.

Scholarships are available in guidance at Mrs. Morrison's desk. Please stop by and reference this area. Keep in mind that scholarship applications are added frequently so please check back often.

Scholarships available specifically for minority students: http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/financial-aid-minorities/
   

Work-Study
Work-study aid is an opportunity for students to work part-time in a campus setting to earn money for books, supplies and everyday living expenses.  Work-study aid is not directly connected to each semester’s tuition bill but is given to students in the form of an hourly wage.


Loans
Loans are available as a form of borrowing for students and/or parents to ease the cost of higher education up front.


Financial Aid Award Letter
Students who qualify for financial aid, whether grants, loans or work-study, will receive "Financial Aid Award letters" a package comprised of self-aid and gift-aid.  The amount of aid varies for each student; aid is often based on family need, a student's academic credentials, available institution funds etc .