What is FAFSA - and why is it important?
You will need to complete the FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, to have access to federal student aid including grants, work-study funds, and loans. These are the largest sources of aid to help you pay for college or career school.
In addition to federal programs, many States and other colleges will use the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for state and school-based financial aid.
When Should I Apply?
For students who are graduating from FCTS in the Spring of 2024, and who are planning on entering college in the Fall of 2024, you can fill out the FAFSA starting on January 1, 2024. While you can apply later in the season, it is important to apply as early as possible, as funds are determined and awarded on a ‘first come first served' basis.
How do I apply?
Start your application here: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
Please beware of paid services that claim to make filing the FAFSA easier - you should only use the free, federal form.
Financial Aid is so confusing... where can I go for help?
CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR! We are happy to help or to connect you to the people or resources that can!
The Federal government has incredibly helpful information for all things relating to paying for college and applying for aid: https://studentaid.gov/
Massachusetts has a partner for helping families with the process, called the Massachusetts Educational Finance Authority. They have excellent information including timelines, webinars, and staff that can help you understand the financing college process. Check them out here: https://www.mefa.org/
Financial Aid/FAFSA- MEFA Resources
The Massachusetts Educational Finance Authority (MEFA) has resources for families to help understand Financial Aid and the application process: Check out their important topics below:
MEFA FAFSA Links
Our FAFSA webinar walks through the application page by page, while providing general tips and helpful resources
The 2021-22 FAFSA PDF provides a full list of questions asked on the FAFSA, as well as instructions and general information
FAFSA Day Massachusetts offers a virtual overview presentation on the FAFSA as well as a time for Q&A with experts from Massachusetts financial aid offices
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