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Student Loan Resources

Students & Alumni

Student Loan Resources

Student Loan Basics

Financial aid can be complicated and confusing, but for many, it’s essential to obtaining a college degree. Learn these basics before you borrow.

Intro To Financial Aid

Types of Financial Aid
Financial Aid Timeline
Applying for Financial Aid
Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter

Other Financial Aid Resources

On The Web
Our free online program to help you take control of your student loans, money, and career.

Federal Student Aid
Federal student aid resources, regulations, and information from the U.S. Department of Education.

The College Board
Information about college planning, admissions tests, applications, and finding financial aid.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
A free college cost and financial aid comparison tool to help you plan for now, and after graduation.

An online search tool that provides access to over 1.5 million scholarships in one place.

IEFA, the United Negro College Fund, and A Better Chance
Specialized financial aid resources.

In Massachusetts

ASA College Planning Centers
In-person college, career, and financial aid planning and guidance for young people and adults.

Counseling for adults looking to return to school, advance their career, or pay for their education, via Educational Opportunity Centers.

Boston Youthzone Scholarship Guide
A network of community organizations and businesses that provide guidance, mentorship, and skills to young adults.

A non-profit offering free assistance to students and families filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

National Events

To help students and families prepare their financial aid applications, many states take part in the nationwide initiatives College Goal Sunday or FAFSA Day.