Get FREE Help Applying for College Financial Aid!

FAFSA Day Massachusetts 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.

Questions? Contact us!

fafsaday@gmail.com

877-424-7627

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 2019-2020 academic year, must complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA, available after October 1, 2018, at www.fafsa.gov, if they are interested in receiving federal and state financial aid. Students attending college during the 2020-2021 academic year, must complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA, available after October 1, 2019.

When is FAFSA Day Massachusetts?

The primary FAFSA Day Massachusetts events for the upcoming academic year 2019-20 will primarily take place on November 3, 2019 as well as on a number of alternative dates at over 30 locations around Massachusetts. Some sites will hold their events on other dates and times. Please check our Locations periodically for the latest site specific information.

Who should participate in FAFSA Day Massachusetts?

Students, families, and adult learners who want help applying for financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year should attend a FAFSA Day Massachusetts site during the upcoming fall 2019/winter 2020 cycle.

What do I need to bring?

Students and parents should EACH bring the following. Students born before January 1, 1997 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)
  • 2018 Federal Tax Return
  • 2018 W-2 or Year-End Pay Stub
  • 2018 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 provide the best possible services to attendees, students are strongly encouraged, but are not required, to register on the Registration Page.

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

You may click on either the Register or Locations pages on the left-hand side to register to attend a FAFSA Day event at a location and 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 EOC is funded by the TRIO Office of the U.S. Department of Education and offers FREE career and educational counseling/advising services for eligible people over the age of 19 who are considering postsecondary educational options. Locations exist in Boston, Lynn, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Greater Springfield and Worcester through a project of the Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc. (MassEdCO); in Brockton through a project of ASA; and in Leominster through a project of Mount Wachusett Community College.

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.

Locations

CityLocationAddressDate(s)/Time of Event
AmherstAmherst-Pelham Regional High School21 Matoon Street
Amherst, MA 01002
January 8, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Berkshire CountyBerkshire Community College1350 West St
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM
BridgewaterBridgewater State UniversityMoakley Center
100 Burrill Ave
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Sunday, November 3, 2019 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
BostonBoston Collegiate Charter School11 Mayhew Street
Boston, MA 02125
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM
BostonBoston Public Library/ Copley Square700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM
BostonUrban College of Boston2 Boylston Street, 2nd Flr
Boston, MA 02116
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM
BourneUpper Cape Cod Regional Technical School220 Sandwich Road
Bourne, MA 02532
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 6:00 o 8:00 PM
BurlingtonBurlington High School123 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM
CambridgeCambridge Rindge & Latin School459 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM
ConcordConcord Carlisle Regional High School500 Walden Street
Concord, MA 01742
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 9 AM-12 PM
Fall RiverBristol Community College777 Elsbree St
Fall River, MA 02720
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM – 4 PM
FitchburgFitchburg State University333 North Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Sunday, November 3, 2019
FraminghamFramingham High School115 A Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM
HathorneEssex Northshore Agricultural & Technical School565 Maple St.
Hathorne, MA 01937
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6 PM
HolyokeHolyoke Community College (Assistance in Spanish Available)303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040
LawrenceNotre Dame Cristo Rey High School303 Haverhill Street
Lawrence MA 01841
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 5:30 PM
LowellMiddlesex Community College – Lowell Campus33 Kearney Square
Lowell, MA 01852
LowellUniversity of Massachusetts Lowell61 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 5:00 PM
LynnNorth Shore Community College300 Broad Street
Lynn, MA 01901
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 4:00 PM
MaldenMalden High School77 Salem Street
Malden, MA 02148
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 4:00 PM – 6 PM
MaldenMassachusetts Department of Higher Education
Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)
75 Pleasant St.
Malden, MA 02148
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM
MethuenMethuen High School1 Ranger Rd
Methuen, MA 01844
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM
MontagueTurners Falls High School222 Turnpike Road
Montague, MA 01351
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM
SalemSalem High School77 Wilson Street
Salem, MA 01970
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
West SpringfieldWest Springfield High School425 Piper Rd
W. Springfield, MA 01089
Monday, November  18, 2019, 6:00 PM
WhitmanWhitman Hanson Regional High School610 Franklin Street
Whitman MA 02382
Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 5 PM to 7:30 PM
WorcesterWorcester State University486 Chandler Street
Worcester MA 01602
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 1 PM

FAFSA Day Partners

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

Jennifer Bento
857-248-0864
jbento@mefa.org

Keith Curtis Dimalanta
617-253-3342
keithcd@mit.edu

Ryan Forsythe
508-929-8498
ryan.forsythe@worcester.edu

Julie Little
508-222-5150 x 1288
jlittle@attleboroschools.com

Andrew Parrillo
508-222-5150 x 1372
aparrillo@attleboroschools.com

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
857-248-0864
jbento@mefa.org

Jan Marie Combs
508-455-8677
jan_combs@comcast.net

Amy Staffier
617- 521-3866
amy.staffier@simmons.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 second 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!

In May of 2019, awards were issued to three high schools in the following categories:

Category: Highest Percentage of FAFSA Completion

Highest overall FAFSA completion percentage rate through May 1, 2019. One award each for a small high school and a large high school:

  • Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School (small) – Sabrina will attend College of the Holy Cross
  • O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science (large) – (No information from the school)
Category: Most Improved Percentage

Most Improved FAFSA completion percentage rate through May 1, 2019 (compared to May 2018):

  • Boston Arts Academy – Alexis will attend Salem State University

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.

North Central Educational Opportunity Center

American Student Assistance’s (ASA) Educational Opportunity Centers

Resources for Education Professionals

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In the News

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Previous Coverage

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