Navigating College and Financial Aid

For families with college-bound seniors, the fall is time to focus on college plans as well as filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which became available on October 1 and is used by all colleges in determining eligibility for aid.

Looking for free advice? Sign up for a free webinar on the FAFSA and live Q&A with financial aid experts provided by MEFA on Nov. 15, or their other webinars on college planning and financial aid.

Also, explore the Skills Workshops Webinar Series, provided by the Harvard Medical School’s Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and Biomedical Science Careers Program, designed to address the needs of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged high school students.

Connect virtually with admissions reps at hundreds of colleges and universities at NACAC’s college fair on Nov. 8 or NEACAC’s college fair on Nov. 15.

If considering out-of-state colleges, the New England Board of Higher Education, a nonprofit based in Boston, has a program called Tuition Break that helps Massachusetts students save on out-of-state tuition for hundreds of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students save an average of $8,000 on their annual tuition bills. Savings varies by college and exceeds $10,000 in some cases.

NEBHE also provides general college planning and financial aid resources as well as an interactive guide to New England colleges and universities that includes services for adult students.

Other NEBHE programs designed to help make college more affordable and accessible include an independent college transfer program, an Open Education Resources (OER) initiative and All Learning Counts – New England, which looks at ways to help adult students attain credit for learning and earn credentials, like certificates and diplomas, and build on them to further their education.

During COVID-19 NEBHE also has been tracking how New England campuses are responding.

If you have questions, please contact Wendy Lindsay at or 617-533-9511.

Information provided by the New England Board of Higher Education.