The 2017-2018 FAFSA is now available! 

You can complete the FAFSA by going to  Your FAFSA can be completed on or after October 1, 2016!  Awards will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Forms for 'Verification' purposes are located below.


If you have any questions, concerning applying for financial aid for the 2017-2018, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at 413-662-5219.


Financial Aid at MCLA

We recognize that college is a major investment for students and their families. Through state, federal, and institutional programs, MCLA offers financial aid to students who qualify.

When you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) you automatically apply for a wide range of state, federal, and MCLA assistance, such as Pell Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, MASS Grants, the College Work-Study Program, Perkins Loans, and Federal Direct Student Loans.

If you haven't already, review the estimated annual costs to attend MCLA. Especially given the opportunities a quality MCLA education provides, it's surprisingly affordable.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Regardless of whether you're an undergraduate, graduate, degree completion, or certificate program student, follow these basic steps each academic year. You must be formally accepted into your program of study and be enrolled at least half time to be eligible, and you must also maintain satisfactory academic progress to keep your aid.

  1. Complete the FAFSA form.
  2. If requested, complete verification documents.
  3. Review your award letter.
  4. If needed, apply for a Federal Direct Parent Plus Loan or a credit-based alternative student loan.

Important info for MBA students, Master of Education,or CAGS, Certificate of Advanced Studies. Please note: the CAGS Program is only eligible for financial aid up to 33 credits.Important Information for the Leadership Academy:  Please note that the Leadership Academy is not eligible for Federal Student Loans.  Individuals needing to borrow for the Leadership Academy are only eligible to borrow through the Smart Option Loan offered by Sallie Mae. You can access their site through the alternative student loans link listed under #4.

Complete the FAFSA Form

School Code: 002187    MCLA CEEB #: 3521

You can complete the FAFSA by going to  Your FAFSA can be completed on or after October 1, 2016!  Awards will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Tips: Complete all sections accurately. To electronically sign before submitting, you and at least one parent (if you are dependent) must have a FSA ID. You may want to search online for video tutorials that show how to complete the form.

When completing your FAFSA, it is strongly recommended that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. If that's not possible, Get Transcript will be the preferred method for obtaining an IRS Tax Return Transcripts. To request a transcript, go to the IRS website and provide the requested information. Once you receive your transcript(s) bring or mail them to the Financial Aid Office.

Complete FAFSA online

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Priority application date: December 1 for spring acceptance

You may want to also explore these additional resources, as well as other scholarships.

2. Complete Verification Documents

You may be asked to verify the accuracy of your information by providing documents such as an IRS Tax Return Transcript. Print, complete, mail or fax (413.662.5105) requested forms to the Financial Aid office.


Fall 2017- Spring 2018 Forms

Student Verification Form

IRS Request for Verification of Non-Filing Status - Form 4506T

Financial Aid Release Form

Special Circumstance Form

Family Size Verification Form

High School Completion & Identity Verification Form

Asset Verification Form

Sibling/Parent/Spouse Enrollment Verification Form


Special Circumstance requests are not reviewed until late July, to enable MCLA to base its decision on at least 6 months of actual earnings. Other requests are considered as they are received.

3. Review Your Award Letter

This letter describes the grant aid and loans you'll receive from federal and state governments, and MCLA needs-based resources. It also lists work study opportunities available to you.

Letter receipt: Expect to see this letter after March 1 for the fall and spring academic year, after December 1 for spring acceptance, or April for summer.  Returning students will receive their award letter through their Banner Self-Service Account.

Direct Student Loans: You need to complete Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note.

4. Apply for Other Loans 

If you need additional financing to cover costs, you may want to apply for a MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) parent or student loan, which is a fixed-rate loan available to students attending a Massachusetts school, or a federal Direct PLUS Loan for Parents.

You may also want to consider an alternative student loan. Many of these educational loans have variable interest rates and are credit based. Their terms are often not as favorable as government-sponsored loans.

Questions? Contact Us!

Elizabeth M. Petri, Director of Financial Aid

Carrie L. Alibozek, Assistant Director of
Financial Aid   413.662.5531

Denise Blaisdell, Student Loans

Lori Keating, Financial Aid Specialist


Toll Free: 800.969.6252 
Fax: 413.662.5105

Mailing Address
Financial Aid Office
375 Church Street
North Adams, MA 01247

Location & Hours
Main level of Eldridge Hall
M-F 8:30-4:45

Financial Aid - Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Click on the link above to see if your question is one of those that is often asked!

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SALT Money Knowledge

SALTAre you money savvy? Both current students and alumni are encouraged to join SALT, a free financial literacy program that helps you own your finances. With the program, you can keep track of your student loans in one place, search for scholarships and internships, and find resources to teach you everything you need to know about the financial world.

Student Accounts/Bursar's Office

Questions about your bill? Need to make a payment or find out how to waive your health insurance? Visit this office to find out more.



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