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:
New Hampshire
Rhode Island

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

Federal Government
U.S. Department of Education

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").

Federal Student Aid Information

Federal Trade Commission Information about Scholarship Scams

US Department of Education link to colleges’ net price calculators

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

General Information
The College Board

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (Additional financial aid application required by some colleges)

Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

Scholarship Searches

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
(Information on financial aid process and resources)

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator
(A free service to help students and families estimate their EFC and eligibility for financial aid)

For a history of student loans and aid, visit Lumina Foundation ...

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


Connecticut Office of Higher Education/Student Financial Aid
860-947-1855 or

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


Maine Department of Education
Scholarships and Loans

Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)
Maine Financial Aid Programs

207-623-3263 or 800-228-3734

Maine Education Services
207-791-3600 or 800-922-6352

Maine Education Loan Authority (MELA)
207-791-3600 or 800-922-6352


Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Office of Student Financial Assistance
617-391-6070 or

Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)

New Hampshire

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

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

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
Division of Higher Education Assistance

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

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


Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC)
Vermont Grants

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

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