Financial Aid Information
Financial aid is provided by four basic sources: the federal government, state government, the colleges and universities themselves, and the private sector (such as foundations, corporations and banks).
The Go-to Guide for College Financial Aid
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
View Financial Aid Resources in Spanish here: Recursos de Ayuda Financiera
Federal tax information for students
College Board’s Big Future Pay for College
Financial Aid Applications
Check with individual colleges regarding any additional financial aid applications that they require.
Check deadlines and apply on time.
Visit the U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Office for information about the FAFSA (the federal government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Information is available in English and Spanish.
College Board’s CSS Profile application
Some colleges use the Profile application for awarding nonfederal aid. Visit their site for the application as well as a list of participating colleges and scholarship programs.
How to Access Financial Aid and
Lower Your College Costs
Watch an overview of financial aid and NEBHE’s Tuition Break program:
Click here to view and download in PDF format: Presentation for the Fall 2020 NEACAC Virtual College Fairs , provided by Jessica Whittier, Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) and Wendy Lindsay, NEBHE.
State Financial Aid Resources
The following organizations provide assistance with financial aid planning and the application process, as well as information on scholarships, grants and loans.
Connecticut Office of Student Financial Aid
Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)
Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Aid
Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)
New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF)
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
RISLA College Planning Center
Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) Scholarship Search
Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (RIOPC)