Early Awareness and Outreach Committee


The purpose of the Early Awareness and Outreach Committee is to be engaged with financial aid administrators in the state to promote early college planning initiatives at the middle school and high school levels with the knowledge that the cost of college is the greatest challenge for underrepresented and low-income populations. We also act as an early awareness and financial aid resource for MASFAA members as well as high school and college preparation counselors so that they may remain educated, engaged, and effective as professionals.


1. Expanding the partnership with the State’s GEAR UP programs, guidance communities, and institution presidents.

2. Developing and implementing two annual MASFAA Carnival of Learning for approximately 120 middle-school students which are hosted at different middle schools throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one event held in the fall and the other in the spring.

3. Providing training and presentation materials to MASFAA members for outreach and working with MASFAA committees to achieve these goals.

2018-2019 Objectives

1. To create new and strengthen current MASFAA partnerships with community leaders, officials and citizens which serve the communities of Massachusetts.

2. To continue and improve our efforts at collaborating with Massachusetts School Counselors Association, Gear Up, American Student Assistance, MEFA, and the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Aid to promote early awareness of financial aid and college access.

3. To continue to develop, improve and implement two annual Carnival of Learning events serving an approximate total of 120-140 Middle School students in different communities around the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by offering high quality early awareness programs.

6. To increase financial literacy and financial aid awareness to the parents of the middle school students who participate in the Carnival of Learning event by creating a complementary financial literacy workshop.

7. To encourage MASFAA members to volunteer at the Carnival of Learning Events without active commitment to the committee.

8. To increase the presence of MASFAA and the EA&O Committee across all of Massachusetts.

9. To improve the quality and content of our EA&O resources.


Our Committee has plenty of online resources for students and family, please click here.

Annual Committee Reports

2015-2016 Early Awareness and Outreach Committee Reports

2014-2015 Early Awareness and Outreach Committee Reports

2013-2014 Early Awareness and Outreach Committee Reports

2012-2013 Early Awareness and Outreach Committee Reports

2011-2012 Early Awareness and Outreach Committee Reports

2010-2011 Early Awareness and Outreach Committee Reports


Ashley Norwood
American Student Assistance
Co Chair
Ben Parsons
Northeastern University
Co Chair
Jean Berg : Hampshire College Katie Kelsall : Harvard Extension School
Tonya Brito : University of Massachusetts Lowell


Jill Marr : American Student Assistance

Ericka Callahan : Norther Essex Community College Jenary Merced : Springfield Technical Community College
Krista Callinan  : Office of Student Financial Assistance Wenimo Poweigha : Tufts University
Brock Walsh: Northeastern University Tatiana Ramos: Northeastern University
 Longino Alex Gonzalez : University of Massachusetts Lowell Christa M. Gilmore
College of the Holy Cross