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What is Financial Aid? 

Financial aid will help you with your educational expenses. It comes in two basic types – gift aid that is given to a student without obligation and self-help that is either loans to be paid back or a work grant to be earned.  Awards might be based on any combination of factors including your grades, your need, your talents or your circumstances and can come from several sources including our federal and state government and our own institution.


How do I get Financial Aid?

Student and parents will complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which tells us how we can assist you. It will take you about 30 minutes to complete the first time you file for aid but every year after that you and your family can do a quick renewal process. You will need a secure username and password, called an FSA ID to sign your FAFSA. Learn more about the FAFSA process and completing the required materials. 

Get your FAFSA ID

Are there Deadlines? 

  • The FAFSA opens each year on October 1. 
  • Salem State’s priority filing deadline is the following February 15.  
  • Massachusetts has an annual filing deadline of May 1.
  • Are you from another state? Check your state deadline.

Review FAFSA Deadlines

Need Help Filing the FAFSA?

The federal government provides answers to the most frequently asked questions online!  

Questions about the FAFSA process?

If this is all new to you, you may want to bookmark the student aid glossary and learn as you navigate through the FAFSA process. 

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