The mission of the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance is
to promote and enhance access to higher education by delivering quality student financial
aid information and services to residents of the Commonwealth, and thus ensuring that
they have an opportunity to enrich their lives and contribute to the economic development
and social progress of the state.
The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) is primarily responsible for the management and
oversight of all state funded financial aid programs and advises the Board of Higher Education about
financial aid policy matters of concern to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition to its
financial aid responsibilities, OSFA is the principal agency for promoting access to higher education
through early awareness initiatives that foster the recognition of college as a viable postsecondary
option and the availability of financial aid resources to help students and families meet college costs.
OSFA also manages three statewide initiatives:
GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)