Financial Planning and Aid

Keep an eye on the School Counseling Home page - Upcoming Events.  Throughout the year we host presentations on all aspects of college financing.


Info to get you started on completing the FAFSA:

First, watch this 5-minute video, which will show you how to create two (2) FSA ID User Name and Passwords(one for you and one for your mother):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj1Pn-shze8

Then, read this 1-page fact sheet on how to avoid common mistakes when completing the FAFSA: https://www.hesaa.org/Documents/FAFSA/commonFAFSA_mistakes.pdfand this 1-pager with the 8 steps to apply for federal and state financial aid: https://www.hesaa.org/Documents/8_steps_howToApply.pdf

Finally, this 3-minute video has some tips as you begin filling out the FAFSA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK0bbu0y5AM&t=3s and this 2-minute video has some tips for your mother: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz9j-g1FIHQ.

FAFSA Completion workshop

Various dates available

Please join the NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority for a virtual FAFSA Completion Workshop.

  • March 31st - 6pm
  • April 8th - 6pm
  • May 25th - 6pm

What is the FAFSA®?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is an online form that must be submitted annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for federal student financial aid.

What you will need to start your FAFSA®:

  • FSA ID (fsaid.ed.gov) for Parent and Student
  • 2019 Tax Returns for Parent and Student
  • Social Security Numbers for Parent and Student
  • Other Income Information
  • State Issued Driver's License
  • Documentation as U.S. Permanent Residents or Eligible Citizens

Ready to file your FAFSA®, Click here or get the webinar information below for the virtual FAFSA Completion Event March 31st starting at 6:00 pm

You can join from your computer, tablet or smartphone at

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 976-999-261

Join from a video-conferencing room or system.
Dial in or type: or inroomlink.goto.com
Meeting ID: 976 999 261
Or dial directly: 976999261@ or

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/976999261


Resources to help MHS families navigate the college planning process.


On Monday evening, Nov 2nd Counseling hosted Ms. Catherine Boscher-Murphy, Associate Director Financial Aid, Montclair University for a presentation on Financial Aid. Click here for a video recording of her presentation and the links below for documents providing additional information.

8 Steps: How to Apply for Financial Aid

Common FAFSA Mistakes

How to Create a FSA ID

Community College Opportunity Grant

NJ Dreamers: How to Apply

NJ Class

NJ Fams

NJ TAG (Tuition Aid Grant)