Senator L’Italien Urges Constituents To Apply For Financial Aid NOW To Help Pay For College
Oct 18, 2017 06:12AM
● By Theresa Gilman
Financial Aid Season
(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the office of State Senator Barbara L’Italien.)
BOSTON, MA – Paying for college is daunting, but Senator L’Italien wants students and their families to know that help locating and applying for financial aid is available with free assistance from American Student Assistance®, the nonprofit that demystifies the college financing process.
Students and parents can begin the financial aid application process as early as October 1, by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This document is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Many private colleges and universities also require a second form, the CSS/Financial Aid Profile®, which is available at www.collegeboard.com.
“In today’s economic climate, we want as many tools as possible available to students so that they can achieve a degree with as little debt as possible,” said Senator L’Italien, D-Andover. “The FAFSA is essential for lowering barriers so that students can attain higher education. I encourage all families in my district to apply, and to complete it early.”
Each year, Massachusetts students secure millions of dollars in grants, scholarships and low-interest loans from federal and state governments, colleges and universities, and private sources of aid. Students and their families need to know these resources exist and may need assistance navigating the complex process. ASA® can help applicants through this process with free guidance.
American Student Assistance® College Planning Centers offer free one-on-one assistance with completing financial aid applications or any aspect of college planning. Services are available either in-person, on a walk-in or appointment basis, or over the phone by calling the toll-free information hotline 1-877-ED-AID-4U (1-877-332-4348). ASA’s hotline is provided with funding and support from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education - Office of Student Financial Assistance. For guidance, information on the Center closest to you, or Center hours of operation and specific locations, please call the hotline or visit www.asa.org/plan.
Additionally, ASA’s Boston College Planning Center, located at the main branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, is holding FAFSA Workshops every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. and Federal Student Aid ID Workshops every Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning October 1 through December 16. An FSA ID is a necessary credential for accessing Federal Student Aid’s online systems, including the FAFSA. All workshops are free and open to the public. Interested attendees must RSVP to [email protected] prior to attending a workshop.
“Time is of the essence when it comes to applying for financial aid because often the aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis,” said Kristi Pierce, ASA’s managing director of college planning services. “Students planning to attend college next fall should begin applying now and investigate all possible sources of aid.”
American Student Assistance (asa.org) is a private nonprofit dedicated to eliminating finance as a barrier to education and the dreams education enables. ASA today combines its 60 years of experience, knowledge and best practices into its College Planning Services, Center for Consumer Advocacy, and Salt® (saltmoney.org), a multidimensional program that teaches education consumers how to make better decisions about financing higher education and repaying student loans. Today Salt is adopted by more than 300 higher education institutions, nonprofits, and corporations nationwide to reach more than 4 million education consumers.