FAFSA Day Offers Free Help Applying for Financial Aid for College

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Every high school senior, college student and adult student who will be attending college during the 2016-2017 academic year needs to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

FAFSA Day Massachusetts, part of the national College Goal SundaySM program, provides free help statewide to students and families looking to complete the FAFSA.

The 12th annual FAFSA Day Massachusetts is being held on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 1:15 p.m. at Berkshire Community College. Families are encouraged to visit www.FAFSADay.org to register and to see a list of what to bring.

The services are free and available to anyone attending college for the 2016-2017 academic year; low-income, first-generation students are especially encouraged to attend. A Spanish-speaking financial aid professional will be available.



FAFSA Day is staffed by volunteer financial aid and higher education experts available to provide families one-on-one assistance.
FAFSA Day is a nonprofit program sponsored by Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, MEFA, American Student Assistance, and USA Funds. More than 14,000 students have been served during FAFSA Day events.

To register or find more information on FAFSA Day, visit www.FAFSADay.org. For questions or additional information, call 413-597-4181 or e-mail fafsaday.pittsfield@gmail.com.

 


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State Sen. Adam Hinds takes a photo of Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito at the core bore site.

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Blandford was awarded a Last Mile Infrastructure Grant worth $1.04 million in 2018 to deliver broadband access to residents. Following the demonstration, Baker announced $5 million supplemental funding for the Last Mile Program, which will cover roughly half the cost of connecting homeowners to newly installed networks in 21 eligible communities.

"Our administration has prioritized the Last Mile program because we recognize that access to broadband internet is critical for the success of families, businesses and communities in the 21st century economy," the governor said. "We are proud of our progress toward delivering broadband internet to every community in the commonwealth, including the progress we observed today in Blandford, and pleased to make an additional funding commitment to these communities."
 
The work in Blandford is being made possible by a $1.04 million Last Mile grant announced in 2018. More than 2,400 replacement utility poles will be installed as the result of these Last Mile efforts in Blandford alone and approximately 60,000 throughout all the Last Mile communities. 
 
 
 
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