Paying For College

Financial Aid information from MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority)

Click here for MEFA's recorded webinars in English and Spanish about financial aid and paying for college.

Click here for a printable handout from MEFA about financing college.  


All families of students planning to attend two- or four-year colleges in 2021 should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal financial aid.  The FAFSA is free to complete.  Families may begin filling out the FAFSA on October 1 using tax information from 2019.  Each college has its own deadline to submit the FAFSA.

Before completing the FAFSA, students and families will need to set up a Federal Student Aid Identification (FSA ID).

Set up your FSA ID here.  Both the student and the guardian or parent need to set up FSA IDs.

Start your FAFSA here.

Click here for a recorded webinar from MEFA about the FAFSA.  You can also print the slides.

CSS Profile

The CSS Profile is a financial aid application used by some colleges to allocate institutional financial aid, which includes grants and scholarships that come directly from the college.  Students should check financial aid application requirements to find out whether or not a college requires the CSS Profile.  It costs $25 to complete and submit the CSS Profile to one college, and $16 for each college after that.  Fee waivers are available for families who qualify.  Families may begin filling out the CSS Profile starting on October 1 using tax information from 2019 and 2020.

Start your CSS Profile here.

Click here for a recorded webinar from MEFA about the CSS Profile.  You can also print the webinar slides.

Unlike the FAFSA, the CSS Profile requires non-custodial parent information.  If this information is not available, please contact your college financial aid offices and ask about their waiver process.  Please feel free to contact your school counselor for help.


Click here to visit PVPA's continuously updated list of scholarships

Other resources for scholarships

Big Future Scholarship Search

Massachusetts Education Financing Authority (MEFA)


UNCF Scholarships List


More coming soon!