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Financial Aid

At Northern Essex Community College we are committed to assisting students and their families meet the costs of a college education. NECC offers a comprehensive financial aid program to help students who would otherwise be unable to afford a college education.

Financial aid can help you pay for the costs of attending NECC including tuition and fees, books, and other costs (room and board, transportation, and personal costs). Most NECC students receive some sort of financial aid, so we encourage you to apply today!

The types of financial aid include grants and scholarships, loans, and work-study. Some aid does not need to be paid back, some aid must be repaid, and some aid takes the form of employment.

To receive financial aid, you must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program, demonstrate financial need, and maintain satisfactory academic progress. To find out whether you are a candidate to receive financial aid, see the complete list of eligibility requirements.

You can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at any time after January 1 to receive funds for the following academic year, but apply as early as possible since some grant funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The priority deadline for the state of Massachusetts is May 1st. Although applications are accepted throughout the year, some state funds are awarded only to those who meet this deadline. You must complete a FAFSA each academic year.

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