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Federal Student Aid

The U.S. Department of Education's office of Student Financial Assistance administers several major programs to help students continue their education at the postsecondary level.  These grant, loan, and work-study programs will provide nearly $40 billion to students during the 2000-2001 school year, which amounts to approximately 70 percent of all student aid awarded for that year.  To apply for aid from these programs, students who are planning to go to college should fill out the 2000-2001 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1, 2000.  

The paper FAFSA forms are available in the reference room. Alternatively, FAFSA ONLINE will enable you to fill out a form on the computer.  The online application can reduce errors but will likely take an hour or so to complete. It is possible to save an online application to complete later.  

If a FAFSA application was filed in a previous year a FAFSA renewal can be filed but requires an Electronic Access Code (EAC).  An EAC also provides access to the National Student Loan Data System.  The STUDENT AID site provides additional information with links to other resources.  

One of the most comprehensive financial aid sites is FinAid.  The site contains links to sites on financial aid tools, sources of funding, special interest and government funds, and loans.  Similar information can be found at the College Scholarship and Financial Aid Page.   The Higher Education Information Center is another useful site with information on educational opportunities in the greater Boston area.

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