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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I volunteer for FAFSA Day?

We appreciate your interest in assisting with FAFSA Day! You may visit the Volunteer link on the left-hand side to register as a volunteer for a location and date most convenient for you.

What is FAFSA Day Massachusetts?

FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a College Goal Sunday Program, is a non-profit, volunteer-driven program providing free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

What is financial aid?

The FAFSA is the federally required form for ALL students seeking federal financial aid for higher education. Students attending college during the 2021-22 academic year, must complete the 2020-21 FAFSA, available after October 1, 2020, at www.fafsa.gov, if they are interested in receiving federal and state financial aid.

When is FAFSA Day Massachusetts?

Because of COVID-19 concerns, this year’s FAFSA Day Massachusetts events for the upcoming academic year 2021-22 will be held online with scheduled sessions held monthly beginning October 2020 through February 2021. Each event will be hosted by college financial aid professionals and last about hour and a half. Please check our FAFSA Day Dates and Times to register for the best date for you and your family.

Who should participate in FAFSA Day Massachusetts?

Students, families, and adult learners who want help applying for financial aid for the 2021-22 academic year should attend a FAFSA Day Massachusetts virtual event during fall 2020/winter 2021.

What do I need to bring?

Students and parents should EACH of the following available during the online sessions. Students born before January 1, 1998 do not need to bring parental information.

  • FSA ID (please sign up and bring both your Student FSA ID and Parent FSA ID, available at fsaid.ed.gov)
    • BE SURE to sign up for your FSA ID prior to FAFSADay! Parent needs a FSA ID as does the Student. Sign up at fsaid.ed.gov in advance of FAFSADay and remember to bring your FSA ID User Name and Password for both parent and student to the event! THIS IS A HUGE TIME SAVER!
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License Number (if any)
  • 2019 Federal Tax Return
  • 2019 W-2 or Year-End Pay Stub
  • 2019 Untaxed Income Records
  • Current Bank Statement(s)
  • Current Business and Investment Records
  • Alien Registration Card (if not a U.S. Citizen)

A list of documents to bring will also be available in the confirmation email that you will receive less than 10 minutes after you register – please save this for your records.

Do students need to register?

Yes! In order to attend one of the online information sessions, you will need to register for a scheduled date using the “Click Here to Register” button.

I need help with completing my FAFSA. How do I register for FAFSA Day?

You can click on Click Here to Register on the FAFSA Dates and Times  section on this page for the date most convenient for you.

What if I am not sure whether or not I am going to college?

Many students are not sure if they will be attending right after high school or have been out of high school for some time. By filling out the FAFSA, there is no obligation to attend, nor decide, which college you plan on attending. However, by completing the FAFSA early deadlines will not be missed if you decide later this year to apply to college.

What if I cannot attend FAFSA Day Massachusetts or would like more assistance?

Worry not! If you are not able to attend a FAFSA Day event but need assistance with completing your FAFSA, we encourage you to visit an Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) location in Massachusetts, listed on our Information page. They can provide you with free help on on the college Financial Aid and Admissions processes.

The Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. An important objective of EOC is to counsel participants on financial aid options and to assist in the application process. The goal of EOC is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions.

All services are FREE!

Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities, Inc.

Who Supports FAFSA Day Massachusetts?

FAFSA Day Massachusetts a College Goal Sunday program is supported and administered by a volunteer committee comprised of members of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA), as well as members of various community organizations that work with underserved populations. Funding for the FAFSA Day Massachusetts program comes in part from our various partners: American Student Assistance (ASA)Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA), and the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA). 

What other tips do you have for students and families on the college Admissions or Financial Aid process?

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram for additional tips and tricks on the college Financial Aid and Admissions processes, as well as postings on outside scholarships.

Do you have any college Admissions and Financial Aid resources available for current college students or high school seniors?

Of course! Be sure to visit the Information page for additional tips and guides including a breakdown on how aid is calculated, myths about financial aid, learning the Admissions and Financial Aid lingo, searching for Outside Scholarship opportunities, and much more!

Who can I contact with questions?

Anyone interested in learning more about FAFSA Day Massachusetts may email us at fafsaday@gmail.com or call 877-424-7627 (September to February each year).

Program Background

The College Goal Sunday program was established in 1989 and evolved from a one-time event in Indiana to a national effort including 40 state programs and the District of Columbia and more than 10,000 volunteers assisting students and families in accessing financial aid for college. College Goal Sunday supporters included the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association, the Lilly Endowment, Lumina Foundation and USA Funds.

College Goal Sunday’s national grants to states ended after the 2015-16 school year, but all state programs continue to operate autonomously, some using the CGS name and some under other names such as FAFSA Frenzy or FAFSA Days. Based on the tremendous legacy of College Goal Sunday, in 2016 the National College Access Network launched Form Your Future, a national FAFSA completion campaign intended to increase students’ awareness of financial aid and to rally more communities around FAFSA completion activities. Schools, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies can use the Form Your Future campaign materials for free by visiting www.formyourfuture.org.

Over the past 18 years, over 20,000 Massachusetts residents have been assisted through College Goal Sunday and FAFSA Day events. In the first year, there were 10 sites statewide, and by 2017 there were 34 sites across 33 Massachusetts cities and towns. 320 individual volunteers offered their time and talent.  Similar number of sites and volunteer support continues into this current cycle. Exit surveys prove that it helps the targeted population complete a vital and often difficult task, that volunteer support continues to be vibrant and committed, and the more Massachusetts communities want to initiate their own sites.

If your question has not been answered here, please email us.

FAFSA Day Dates and Times

By clicking to register you will receive an email sharing a weblink to that scheduled session.

DayDate TimeLanguageClick to Register
WednesdayOctober 21, 2020 7:00 - 8:30pmEnglishClick to Register
ThursdayNovember 12, 2020 6:30 - 8:00pmen EspanolComing soon
Próximamente
SundayNovember 15, 2020 2:00 - 3:30pmEnglishClick to Register
MondayDecember 14, 2020 12:00 - 1:30pmEnglishClick to Register
SundayJanuary 10, 2021 2:00 - 3:30pmEnglishClick to Register
SundayFebruary 7, 2021 2:00 - 3:30pmen EspanolComing soon
Próximamente
ThursdayFebruary, 11, 2021 7:00 - 8:30pmEnglishClick to Register

FAFSA Day Partners

If you are interested in partnering with FAFSA Day Massachusetts, please contact one of the Chairs listed below.

Jennifer Bento-Pinyoun

jbento@mefa.org

Mike Goodwin

msg3@williams.edu

FAFSA Day Massachusetts Chairs

If you have any questions or need any more information about FAFSA Day, please do not hesitate to contact us at fafsaday@gmail.com.

Jennifer Bento-Pinyoun

jbento@mefa.org

Mike Goodwin

msg3@williams.edu

FAFSA Challenge

The Massachusetts FAFSA Challenge is a statewide campaign dedicated to increasing the percentage of Massachusetts high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), an essential financial aid application for students to access federal, state, and institutional aid programs to help cover college costs. The challenge encourages all Massachusetts schools and districts to set a goal of FAFSA completion for as many students as possible. Please see the FAFSA Challenge flyer for the upcoming academic year – FAFSA Challenge flyer 2019-2020.

2019-2020 FAFSA Challenge

This was the third year of the FAFSA challenge and it was a great success! All high schools physically located in Massachusetts were invited to participate. Congratulations on a job well done by these high schools and congratulations to our winners for the 2019-20 FAFSA Day season!

 

Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School

Highest overall completion percentage through May 15, 2020 for a small school (less than 250 seniors)

 

Central Catholic High School at 93% for a large school

Highest overall completion percentage through May 15, 2020 for a large school (more than 250 seniors)

 

Brockton High School (increase of 47%)

Most Improved Percentage (compared to May 2019) through May 15, 2020

Additional Resources

Student Resources

Educational Opportunity Centers in Massachusetts

The Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. An important objective of EOC is to counsel participants on financial aid options and to assist in the application process. The goal of EOC is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions.

Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities, Inc.

MassEdCO Locations

Resources for Education Professionals

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In the News

Current Coverage

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FAFSA Day 2018 Coverage

FAFSA Day MA Announces 2017-18 FAFSA Challenge Winners!

FAFSA Day 2017 Coverage

Fitchburg State to offer free federal financial aid help – Leominster Champion – 11/04/2016

FAFSA Day offers free help applying for financial aid for college – The Landmark – 11/03/2016

Financial Aid for College – The Wanderer – 11/02/2016

Upper Cape, Regional News Briefs, Applying for Aid – Wicked Local Bourne – 11/02/2016

College financial aid events scheduled in Central Mass. – Telegram & Gazette – 10/23/2016

FAFSA Day 2017 Press Release (English)

FAFSA Day 2017 Press Release (Spanish)

FAFSA Day 2016 Coverage

Quincy College offers free financial aid advice and help – Wicked Local – 2/16/2016

Families attend student aid events on College Goal Sunday – WWLP 22 News – 1/31/2016

NVCC Hosts College Goal Sunday (including FAFSA Day MA) – Jewocity – 1/30/2016

Asistencia financiera (video) – Nueva Inglaterra, Entravision / Univision – 1/29/2016

Events Around Burlington – Wicked Local Burlington – 1/28/2016

5 things to do this week in Somerville – Wicked Local Somerville – 1/28/2016

Statewide FAFSA Workshops Throughout February Assist Families In Completing Financial Aid App. – 1/28/2016

FAFSA financial aid day in Western Massachusetts – CC Campus News – 1/26/2016

Recess: What to do the week of Jan. 26 – The Berkshire Eagle – 1/26/2016

Pittsfield: Free FAFSA event slated Jan. 31 – The Berkshire Eagle – 1/25/2016

FAFSA Day Offers Free Help Applying for Financial Aid for College – iBerkshires.com – 1/25/2016

Need help paying for college? Filling out FAFSA comes first and Worcester State can help – Mass Live – 1/19/2016

Salem Academy, LEAP to assist with FAFSA – Wicked Local Gloucester – 1/18/2016

College financial aid events scheduled in Central Mass. – Telegram & Gazette – 1/10/2016

FSU offers free help with federal aid applications – Sentinel and Enterprise – 1/10/2016

Help Applying For College Financial Aid – The Enterprise – 1/8/2016

Attleboro High to be regional host of college financial aid workshop – The Sun Chronicle – 1/5/2016

FAFSA Help in Brockton MA – 1/1/2016

How to Apply for Financial Aid – The Boston Globe – 1/1/2016

FAFSA Day 2015 Coverage

MWCC hosting FAFSA Day for financial aid assistance – 2/23/2015

FAFSA Day at Massasoit Community College – 2/23/2015

FAFSA Day Massachusetts, uAspire and Lawrence High School will host an event on Saturday, Feb. 7th – 2/6/2015

Merrimack Valley in a minute – Eagle Tribune – 2/3/2015

AIC Hosts 11th Annual ’FAFSA” Day – 1/29/2015

Get free help applying for financial aid for college on FAFSA Day Mass at Amesbury High School – 1/25/2015

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Day at Framingham High Sunday – 1/23/2015

FAFSA Day is coming to Framingham – 1/23/2015

FAFSA Day MA Offers Free Help Applying for Financial Aid for College! – 1/21/2015

Help offered with College Financial Aid Forms – 1/20/2015

Where To Get Help For Financial Aid – CBS Local – 1/19/2015

FAFSA Day at Burlington High – The Lowell Sun – 1/18/2015

FAFSA Day Massachusetts to be held at BCC Jan. 25 – 1/17/2015

Free Assistance with FAFSA – Upper Cade Cope Regional Technical School – 1/15/2015

Get help at Fitchburg State on Jan. 25 – 1/15/2015

FAFSA: Aplica por ayuda para pagar tu universidad – 1/12/2015

Free FAFSA help 1/25 -Blackstone Valley Tech‘s campus in Upton – 1/9/2015

FAFSA Day 2015 – Burlington High School – 1/8/2015

FAFSA Day 2015 (January) UMASS Boston – 1/7/2015

Financial Aid day coming to Malden – Wicked Local, Malden – 1/2/2015

FAFSA Day 2014 Coverage

FAFSA day in Barnstable March 2 – Wicked Local, Barnstable – 2/28/2014

MWCC to host FAFSA Day Feb. 23 in Gardner – Telegram Towns, Gardner – 2/14/2014

Scholarships, info sessions, and more – The Swampscott Reporter – 2/12/2014

Student aid workshop Feb. 23 – The Eagle-Tribune – 1/31/2014

College-bound get FAFSA help in Boston – The Boston Globe – 1/27/2014

FAFSA Day held at American International College – WSHM Springfield News – 1/26/2014

Congressman Neal to Speak at AIC FAFSA Day Event – 1/25/2014

The scariest part of college applications: figuring out how to pay – The Boston Globe – 1/23/2014

FAFSA Day events – Boston.com – 1/23/2014

Malden High School to Host FAFSA Day Massachusetts Event – Malden Patch – 1/23/2014

FAFSA Day at BVT – The Millbury Sutton Chronicle – 1/23/2014

Free financial aid help at Bristol Community College on January 26- Bristol Community College – 1/22/2014

Sen Warren’s Charlestown High Stop Starts Statewide Higher Ed Tour- Charlestown Patch – 1/22/2014

Video of Senator Warren Speaking at FAFSA Day Event – 1/22/2014

FAFSA Day Massachusetts Offers Free Help Applying for Financial Aid for College- ASA – 1/22/2014

Fafsa Day at Pine Manor College – Pine Manor College – 1/22/2014

Where To Get Help For Financial Aid – CBS Local – 1/20/2014

FSU offers help with financial aid paperwork – Sentinel & Enterprise – 1/18/2014

Middlesex Community College to provide free financial assistance at FAFSA Day Jan. 26 Read more: ht – 1/17/2014

Help available for college aid forms- Worcester Telegram – 1/16/2014

FAFSA Day in Massachusetts Helping You Get Cash for College – 1/16/2014

FISHER COLLEGE TO PARTICIPATE IN FAFSA DAY MASSACHUSETTS- Attleboro Patch – 1/16/2014

FAFSA Day 2013 Coverage

USA Funds-supported programs help more than 90,000 students file for financial aid – 7/30/2013

Parents, students get help with financial aid forms | CapeCodOnline.com – 1/28/2013

FAFSA Day –Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation – 1/28/2013

Financial Aid Seminar in Springfield – 1/27/2013

Apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid – 1/25/2013

Free Help with FAFSA May Help You Eliminate D.E.B.T. – Blog of Attorney General Martha Coakley – 1/25/2013

Annual College Goal event helps parents, students make sense of financial aid forms – 1/24/2013

FAFSA Day Events for College-Bound Boston Students – 1/24/2013

Talleres ofrecen ayuda escolar para familias latinas – 1/23/2013

Local schools participating in FAFSA Day- Lowell Sun – 1/23/2013

FAFSA Day event at American Internation College – 1/23/2013

Roslindale Patch- FAFSA Day Events for College-Bound Boston Students – 1/18/2013

Apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid – 1/18/2013

Senator Ross Offers FAFSA Day Massachusetts Information – 1/18/2013

Sannicandro urges MetroWest students to attend FAFSA Day – 1/17/2013

Wicked Local Natick: Sannicandro urges MetroWest students to attend FAFSA Day Read more – 1/17/2013

FAFSA Day Massachusetts Offers Financial Aid Assistance- Attleboro-Seekonk Patch – 1/16/2013

NECC Event Focuses on College Finance Forms – 1/16/2013

FAFSA DAY on January 27, 2013 – 1/15/2013

FAFSA Day Events for College-Bound Boston Students – 1/15/2013

FAFSA Day Massachusetts Offers Financial Aid Assistance – 1/14/2013

College financial aid programs planned – 1/13/2013

Free help applying for college financial aid offered at NSCC – 1/10/2013

Fitchburg State hosts FAFSA Day Jan. 27 – 1/9/2013

FAFSA Day 2011 Coverage

Cape college offers help with FAFSA – 1/31/2011

Quinsigamond to hold forum on financial aid – 1/17/2011

Lawrence High hopes to help students apply for college aid – 1/16/2011