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Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's                         Office of Student Financial Assistance
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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)
  • Police Career Incentive Pay Program
  • Ronald E. McNair Reserve
OSFA Staff
Clantha McCurdy
Senior Deputy Commissioner
Access and Student Financial Assistance

Robert Brun
Associate Commissioner
Student Financial Assistance

Alison Connolly
Assistant Director - Student Loan Programs

Krista Cosco
Program Assistant - GEAR UP

Robert Dais
Director of GEAR UP

Kathleen Flanagan
Associate Director

Alex Gediman
Database Manager

Bridget Lynch
Assistant Director - Administrative Services

Ollie McArdle
Senior Program Manager III

Zaida Michel

Katherine Santacruz
Database Coordinator - GEAR UP

Yvette Smith-Williams
MASSGrant Program Assistant II

Jean Szymaniak
Senior Program Assistant

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Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance
454 Broadway, Suite 200
Revere, MA  02151
Phone: (617) 391-6070
Fax: (617) 727-0667