Financial Aid Resources

Financial aid information is available for free from several sources, including the federal government, state financial aid agencies and foundations listed below.

Financial aid includes scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for any type of financial aid. For the 2017–18 year, the submission dates have changed: Students may submit the FAFSA between Oct. 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018. Students also need to check with a college’s financial aid office for its deadlines and other required applications forms.

New England-wide Tuition Break
Federal Government
General Information

Resources by state:
Connecticut
Maine
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Vermont

New England-wide Tuition Break
NEBHE’s Regional Student Program (RSP) Tuition Break

Federal Government
U.S. Department of Education
www.studentaid.ed.gov

FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA] Form required for all financial aid, including loans.
Note: FAFSA is filed free-of-charge; access form from the ".gov" websites only (not ".com").
www.fafsa.ed.gov

Federal Student Aid Information
www.studentaid.ed.gov

Federal Trade Commission Information about Scholarship Scams
www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscam

US Department of Education link to colleges’ net price calculators
collegecost.ed.gov

Social Media Sites for US Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid Facebook Page
@FAFSA on Twitter
YouTube Channel
(videos explaining financial aid, loan repayment)

Federal tax information
www.irs.gov/individuals/students

General Information
The College Board
www.collegeboard.org
bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (Additional financial aid application required by some colleges)
student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile

Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
www.finaid.org

Scholarship Searches
www.fastweb.com

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
(Information on financial aid process and resources)
www.studentaid.org
www.nasfaa.org

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator
(A free service to help students and families estimate their EFC and eligibility for financial aid)
www.finaid.org/calculators/finaidestimate.phtml

netpricecalculator.collegeboard.org

For a history of student loans and aid, visit Lumina Foundation ...
http://www.luminafoundation.org/looking-back-to-move-forward

529 plans: a tax-advantaged college investing and savings plan, in accordance with IRS Section 529.
www.collegesavings.org
Find your state's 529 plan.

Connecticut

Connecticut Office of Higher Education/Student Financial Aid
www.ctohe.org/sfa
860-947-1855 or sfa@ctohe.org

Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA)
www.chesla.org
860-520-4001 or 800-252-3357 (CT only)

Maine

Maine Department of Education
Scholarships and Loans
207-624-6600

Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)
www.famemaine.com
Maine Financial Aid Programs

207-623-3263 or 800-228-3734

Maine Education Services
www.mesfoundation.com
207-791-3600 or 800-922-6352

Maine Education Loan Authority (MELA)
www.mela.net
207-791-3600 or 800-922-6352

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Office of Student Financial Assistance
www.osfa.mass.edu
617-391-6070 or osfa@osfa.mass.edu

Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)
www.mefa.org
800-449-6332

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF)
NHHEAF Network Center for College Planning
www.nhheaf.org
603-225-6612 or 800-525-2577

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF)
Grants and Scholarships
603-225-6641 or info@nhcf.org
Offices in Concord, Hanover and Portsmouth

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
Division of Higher Education Assistance
www.riopc.edu
www.waytogoRI.org
401-736-1100

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA)
www.risla.com
401-468-1700 or 800-758-7562

RISLA’s College Planning Center of Rhode Island
401-736-3170
Free financial aid advice and help completing forms.
Offices in Warwick, Bristol and Cumberland

Vermont

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)
www.vsac.org
Vermont Grants

VSAC Resource Center, Winooski, VT
802-655-9602 or 800-642-3177

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