State Financial Aid & Education Funding Options for Students Going to College

State Financial Aid

Many states and universities offer financial aid for students who meet federal financial need guidelines. Students may also be offered grants based on academic achievement, enrollment in a specific type of college/university, for being a first generation college student and more.

State Financial Aid

In many cases, your eligibility for financial aid from your state will be determined by the information you provide on your FAFSA. Here are just a few state financial aid and college grant programs currently available.

  • New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
    Eligible students may receive up to $5,000 annually to assist with tuition at approved New York colleges and universities. Students must be U.S. citizens, legal residents of New York, attend college full-time and meet certain academic standards. A Part-Time TAP is also available. You can learn more about NYS TAP at the HESC website
  • Cal Grants
    California offers several different grant programs for students. Entitlement awards (Cal Grant A, B & C) are guaranteed if the student meets the qualifications for the award. Depending upon where the student studies and level of enrollment, grant amounts can range from $576 to $12,192 per year. Competitive Cal Grant awards, which are not guaranteed, may be offered to students from low- to middle-income families who also achieve higher academic standards.
  • The Westfield State University Housing Grant
    Westfield State University offers a grant to cover housing fees to students who reside on campus and demonstrate need.

Students should explore their grant options by contacting their intended college's financial aid office, as well as reviewing available awards offered through their state financial aid higher education website. We've provided a listing of these agencies below. Additional grant opportunities may also be located by using a free online scholarship search service, such as Unigo.com.

State Higher Education Agencies

Most U.S. states and territories have higher education agencies. These agencies provide information about financial aid, scholarships and other programs to help students access higher education. Below you will find contact information, websites and social media for those that offer them.

Alabama

Alabama Commission on Higher Education
P.O. Box 302000
Montgomery, AL 36130-2000
Phone: (334) 242-1998
Toll-Free: (800) 960-7773
Fax: (334) 242-0268
Website: 

Alaska

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505
Phone: (907) 465-2962
Toll-Free: (800) 441-2962
Fax: (907) 465-5316
TTY: (907) 465-3143
Website: http://acpe.alaska.gov
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
AlaskAdvantage

Arizona

Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education
2020 North Central Avenue, Suite 650
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 258-2435
Fax: (602) 258-2483
Website: http://www.azhighered.gov | http://www.pay4collegearizona.gov/

Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Five Main Place Building
423 Main Street, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201-3818
Phone: (501) 371-2000
Fax: (501) 371-2001
Website: http://www.adhe.edu

California

California Student Aid Commission
P.O. Box 419027
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9027
Toll-Free: (888) 224-7268
Fax: (916) 464-8002
Website: http://www.csac.ca.gov/
California Student Aid Commission
@CAStudentAid

Colorado

Colorado Department of Higher Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 866-2723
Fax: (303) 866-4266
Website: http://highered.colorado.gov/
Colorado Department of Higher Education
@CoHigherEd

Connecticut

Connecticut Department of Higher Education
39 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT 06105-2326
Phone: (860) 947-1855
Toll-Free: (800) 842-0229
Fax: (860) 947-1310
Website: http://www.ctohe.org/SFA/

Delaware

Delaware Higher Education Office
The Townsend Building
401 Federal St, Suite 2
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4120
Toll-Free: (800) 292-7935
Fax: (302) 739-5894
Website: Delaware Higher Education Office

District of Columbia

Office of the State Superintendent of Education
810 1st Street NE, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 727-6436
Toll-Free: (877) 485-6751
Fax: (202) 727-2834
TTY: (202) 727-1675
Website: http://osse.dc.gov
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
@OSSEDC

Florida

Office of Student Financial Assistance
Florida Department of Education
1940 North Monroe Street, Suite 70
Tallahassee, FL 32303-4759
Phone: (850) 410-5180
Toll-Free: (888) 827-2004
Fax: (850) 487-1809
Website: http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/osfahomepg.htm
Florida Department of Education
@educationfl
 educationfl
Florida Deptartment of Education

Georgia

Georgia Student Finance Commission
2082 East Exchange Place
Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: (770) 724-9000
Toll-Free: (800) 505-4732
Fax: (770) 724-9089
Website: http://www.gsfc.org/
GAcollege411
@gacollege411

Hawaii

The University of Hawaii
Board of Regents
Room 209
2444 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822-2302
Phone: (808) 956-8213
Fax: (808) 956-5158
Website: http://www.hawaii.edu/finaid/
University of Hawaii System
@uhawaiinews
UHmagazine

Idaho

Idaho State Board of Education
P.O. Box 83720 Boise, ID 83720-0037
Phone: (208) 334-2270
Fax: (208) 334-2632
Website: 
Idaho State Board of Education
@IdSBOE

Illinois

Illinois Student Assistance Commission
1755 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, IL 60015-5209
Toll-Free: (800) 899-4722
Fax: (847) 831-8549
TDD: (800) 526-0844
Website: http://www.isac.org
Illinois Student Aid Commission
@ISACFinAid

Indiana

Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Division of Student Financial Aid
W462 Indiana Government Center South
402 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Toll-Free: (888) 528-4719
Fax: (317) 232-3260
Website: http://www.in.gov/sfa/

Iowa

Iowa College Student Aid Commission
603 E. 12th Street, FL 5th
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 725-3400
Toll-Free: (800) 383-4222
Toll-Free Restrictions: IA residents only
Fax: (515) 725-3401
Website: http://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/
Iowa College Aid
@IACollegeAid
TheICSAC
Education Empowers - The Official Blog of the Iowa Student Aid Commission

Kansas

Kansas Board of Regents
Curtis State Office Building
1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612-1368
Phone: (785) 296-3421
Fax: (785) 296-0983
Website: http://www.kansasregents.org
Kansas Board of Regents
@ksregents

Kentucky

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
P.O. Box 798
Frankfort, KY 40602-0798
Toll-Free: (800) 928-8926
Website: http://www.kheaa.com/
KHEAA
@KHEAA

Louisiana

Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance
P.O. Box 91202
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9202
Phone: (225) 219-1012
Toll-Free: (800) 259-5626
Fax: (225) 208-1496
Website: http://www.osfa.la.gov
LOSFA
@LOSFA

Maine

Finance Authority of Maine
5 Community Drive
P.O. Box 949
Augusta, ME 04332-0949
Phone: (207) 623-3263
Toll-Free: (800) 228-3734
Fax: (207) 623-0095
TTY: (207) 626-2717
Website: http://www.famemaine.com/
Finance Authority of Maine
FAME Maine

Maryland

Maryland Higher Education Commission
6. N. Liberty Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-3301
Toll-Free: (800) 974-0203
Fax: (410) 260-3200
TTY: (800) 735-2258
Website: http://www.mhec.state.md.us/
Maryland Higher Education Commission
@MDHigherEdComm

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Office of Student Financial Assistance
424 Broadway, Suite 200
Revere, MA 02151
Phone: (617) 391-6070
Fax: (617) 727-0667
Website: http://www.osfa.mass.edu/
Massachussetts Department of Higher Education
@MassDHE

ASA College Planning Center
c/o Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street, Concourse Level
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 536-0200
Toll-Free: (877) 332-4348
Email: horton@teri.org or harge@teri.org
Website: http://www.asa.org/plan/

Michigan

Student Scholarships and Grants
P.O. Box 30462
Lansing, MI 48909-7962
Toll-Free: (888) 447-2687
Website: http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid

Minnesota

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108-5227
Phone: (651) 642-0567
Toll-Free: (800) 657-3866
Fax: (651) 642-0675
TTY: (800) 627-3529
Website: http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
@MnOfficeHiEd
Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Mississippi

Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453
Phone: (601) 432-6198
Toll-Free: (800) 327-2980
Fax: (601) 432-6972
Website: http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/
Mississippi Public Universities
@MSPublicUniv

Missouri

Missouri Department of Higher Education
205 Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65109-1469
Phone: (573) 751-2361
Toll-Free: (800) 473-6757
Fax: (573) 751-6635
TTY: (800) 735-2966
Website: http://www.dhe.mo.gov/
Missouri Department of Higher Education
Journey to College
@Journey2college
Missouri Department of Higher Education

Montana

Montana University System
2500 Broadway
P.O. Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201
Phone: (406) 444-0374
Fax: (406) 444-1469
Website: http://www.mus.edu/
Montana University System
@MtUniversitySys

Nebraska

Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (Nebraska)
140 North Eighth Street, Suite 300
P.O. Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005
Phone: (402) 471-2847
Fax: (402) 471-2886
Website: http://www.ccpe.state.ne.us/PublicDoc/CCPE/Default.asp

Nevada

Nevada System of Higher Education
5550 W. Flamingo Rd., Suite C-1
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Phone: (702) 889-8426
Fax: (702) 889-8495
Website: http://system.nevada.edu/Nshe/
Nevada System of Higher Education
@NSHENews
EducateNevada

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301-3860
Phone: (603) 271-0289
Website: http://www.education.nh.gov/highered/

New Jersey

Higher Education Student Assistance Authority
P.O. Box 545
Trenton, NJ 08625-0545
Phone: (609) 584-4480
Toll-Free: (800) 792-8670
Website: http://www.hesaa.org/
HESAA
@njhesaa [not active]

New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
20 West State Street
P.O. Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625-0542
Phone: (609) 292-4310
Fax: (609) 292-7225
Website: http://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/index.htm

New Mexico

New Mexico Higher Education Department
1068 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505-1650
Phone: (505) 827-5800
Toll-Free: (800) 279-9777
Fax: (505) 476-8453
TTY: (800) 659-8331
Website: http://hed.state.nm.us/

New York

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12255
Phone: (518) 473-1574
Toll-Free: (888) 697-4372
Fax: (518) 474-2839
TTY: (800) 445-5234
Website: http://www.hesc.org/
New York Student Financial Aid
@NYStudentFinAid
New York Student Financial Aid

North Carolina

College Foundation of North Carolina
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Toll-Free: (866) 866-2362 
Website: http://www.cfnc.org/
College Foundation of North Carolina
@cfnc [not active]

North Dakota

North Dakota University System
State Student Financial Assistance Program
10th Floor, State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Ave, Dept. 215
Bismarck, ND 58505-0230
Phone: (701) 328-2960
Fax: (701) 328-2961
Website: http://www.ndus.edu/
Website: http://ndchoose.com
North Dakota University System
@NDunivSystem

Ohio

Ohio Board of Regents
University System of Ohio
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-6000
Fax: (614) 466-5866
Website: https://www.ohiohighered.org
Ohio Higher Ed
@OhioHigherEd
Ohio Higher Ed
Ohio Higher Ed [Open Group]
Ohio Higher Ed

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 225-9100
Website: http://www.okhighered.org/

Oregon

Oregon Student Assistance Commission
1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: (541) 687-7400
Toll-Free: (800) 452-8807
Fax: (541) 687-7414
Website: http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/
Oregon Student Access Commission
@osac
 

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
1200 North Seventh Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102-1444
Toll-Free: (800) 233-0557
Website: http://www.pheaa.org/
Pennsylvania Student Aid, by PHEAA

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority
560 Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 100
Warwick, RI 02886-1304
Phone: (401) 736-1100
Toll-Free: (800) 922-9855
Fax: (401) 732-3541
TTY: (401) 734-9481
Website: http://www.riheaa.org/
Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority

South Carolina

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 737-2260
Fax: (803) 737-2297
Website: http://www.che.sc.gov/

South Dakota

South Dakota Board of Regents
306 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501-2545
Phone: (605) 773-3455
Fax: (605) 773-5320
Website: http://www.sdbor.edu/

Tennessee

Tennessee Higher Education Commission
404 James Robertson Parkway
Parkway Towers, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37243-0830
Phone: (615) 741-3605
Fax: (615) 741-6230
Website: http://www.state.tn.us/thec/
@TNHigherEd

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
404 James Robertson Parkway
Parkway Towers, Suite 1510
Nashville, TN 37243-0820
Phone: (615) 741-1346
Toll-Free: (800) 342-1663
Fax: (615) 741-6101
Website: http://www.tn.gov/tsac/
Website: http://www.tn.gov/collegepays/
Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
@TNFinancialAid

Texas

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
1200 E. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78711-2788
Phone: (512) 427-6101
Website: 
@TXHigherEdBoard

Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
P.O. Box 83100
Round Rock, TX 78683-3100
Toll-Free: (800) 845-6267
Fax: (512) 219-4633
TTY: (512) 219-4560
Website: http://www.tgslc.org/
Website: http://www.aie.org/
Adventures in Education

Utah

Utah System of Higher Education
State Board of Regents
60 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1284
Phone: (801) 321-7101
Fax: (801) 321-7199
Website: http://www.utahsbr.edu/
Utah Higher Education
@higheredutah

Vermont

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
P.O. Box 2000
Winooski, VT 05404-2601
Toll-Free: (800) 642-3177
Website: http://www.vsac.org/
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation

Virginia

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
101 North 14th Street 10th Floor
James Monroe Building
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 225-2600
Fax: (804) 225-2604
Website: http://www.schev.edu/
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Washington

Washington Student Achievement Council
917 Lakeridge Way SW
Olympia, WA 98502
Phone: (360) 753-7800
Fax: (360) 753-7808
Website: http://www.wsac.wa.gov/
Washington Student Achievement Council
@WSACouncil

Scholarship Search for Washington Students: http://www.thewashboard.org
theWashBoard.org

West Virginia

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-2101
Website: http://www.wvhepc.com/
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
@wvhepc
+West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board
131 West Wilson Street, Suite 902
Madison, WI 53707
Phone: (608) 267-2206
Fax: (608) 267-2808
Website: http://heab.wisconsin.gov/