FAFSA Day Massachusetts Committee

Purpose

The Committee is charged with developing and successfully implementing a statewide events that assist Massachusetts families with the first step in applying for financial aid for college – completing the FAFSA. The target demographic for these free services include low-income, first-generation and underserved prospective college students and their families. The current structure for the operational plan calls for the coordination of a network of host sites at key locations around the state.

Each site will be sufficiently staffed with experienced volunteers from MASFAA and partner organizations. Families will be able to obtain comprehensive instruction on FAFSA completion at each site and be able to discuss all aspects of the financial aid application process as it pertains to their unique needs. Most sites will offer services to help families complete the actual FAFSA.

A comprehensive grassroots promotional campaign including direct mail, presentations, social media, and email, will precede the FAFSA Day events. The events will serve to increase college access among targeted families by assisting them in successfully completing the FAFSA and equipping them with a thorough understanding of the sources of available financial aid.

 Composition

The FAFSA Day Massachusetts Steering Committee is co-chaired by three individuals appointed by the President of MASFAA. The Committee is may be comprised of a statewide volunteer coordinator, TRIO and GEAR UP ambassador, team leader for site coordinators, MASFAA members, and several members of community organizations that provide college access services to the target population. The co-chairs select these individuals with input from the MASFAA Executive Council and other members of the Committee. Members of this Committee should reflect the diversity of the targeted community.

Volunteer

Hundreds volunteer to help during FAFSA Day. Volunteers can present, answer one-on-one FAFSA questions, help with day-of-logistics, and much more. Please register as a volunteer at one of our over 30 locations.

Social Media

  • Follow FAFSA Day MA on Twitter
  • Like FAFSA Day MA on Facebook
  • Benefits of following FAFSA Day through our social media pages:
    • Updates on financial aid and higher education news
    • Updates on FAFSA Day locations, times, and dates
    • Reminders and tips about applying for college admission and financial aid and
    • Much more!

2016-2017 Goals and Objectives

  1. Work closely with existing high school guidance and college access counselor partners to ensure a smooth transition of assisting families with FAFSA completion amidst the federal shifts of prior-prior year updates and earlier FAFSA availability.
  2. Continue the shift from printed literature to more web-based and grassroots outreach.
  3. Continue work in developing external partnerships with FAFSA Day. (we can successfully check this one off with the commitment from OSFA!)

Documents

Need materials to promote FAFSA Day MA to your students and families? Visit the Resources for Educational Professionals page.

Annual Committee Reports

2015-2016 FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a College Goal Sunday event, Committee Reports

2014-2015 FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a College Goal Sunday event, Committee Reports

2013-2014 FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a College Goal Sunday event, Committee Reports

2012-2013 FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a College Goal Sunday event, Committee Reports

2011-2012 FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a College Goal Sunday event, Committee Reports

2010-2011 FAFSA Day Massachusetts, a College Goal Sunday event, Committee Reports

Committee Members

Ryan Forsythe
Worcester State University
FAFSA Day Tri-Chair
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Keith Curtis Dimalanta
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
FAFSA Day Tri-Chair
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Kristi Pierce
American Student Assistance
FAFSA Day Tri-Chair
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Sandra Butler
Boston University School of Social Work
Beth Feinberg Keenan
College Coach
Migdalia Gomez
Emmanuel College
Somaly Heang
Babson College
Deborah Marsella
Middlesex Community College
Kelly Morrissey
Mount Wachusett Community College
Julie Shields-Rutyna
MEFA
Meredith Barnhart
MEFA
Addison Callahan Barwise
North High School
Michael Gearan
Simmons College
Donna Hubbard
Quabbin Regional High School