- Create Your FAFSA ID
Both students and parents need to create an FSA ID in order to complete the FAFSA
- Create or Update Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Complete and renew this mandatory form once a year as soon as possible after January 1
- Complete Entrance Loan Counseling
Complete loan counseling, sign your Master Promissory Note, and track/monitor your student loans
- Waive Your Health Insurance
Make sure you waive your insurance here or on your college portal by the deadline to save approximately $2000 per year
- Check Your Loan Balance
Enter your FSA ID information to learn more about the total amount of your federal loans
- Learn More with uAspire
This college access agency based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a great resource for all things financial aid
- Leverage the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)
Use MEFA’s tools and resources to plan, save, and pay for college
We continue to actively support Brooke alumni in their journeys to and through college with individualized support.
The Department of College Support and Post-Secondary Success, led by director Sarah Holden, provides individualized attention to Brooke alumni through college degree attainment.
If you are a current college student, you can access updates on the impact of COVID-19 on local colleges and universities or reach out directly to Sarah:
- Talk One-on-One: Schedule a time to talk over the phone or video chat with this link. If you cannot find a time that works for you, e-mail or text Sarah.
- Send a Text: Check-in or ask Sarah a question with a text message to 617-396-3240. She will respond within 48 hours.
If you are looking for mental health services, we have resources that will give you contact information for therapists, who meet your personal criteria (type of insurance, gender, race, etc.):
- NEW GENERATIONS (this practice is located in Dorchester and features therapists of color)
If you’re looking for an app that will help support mental well-being, all of the resources below are free and available to you:
Brooke to me has been a blessing. I don’t know where I would be without the support and education I have received. From getting endless college support from Ms. Holden, life advice from Ms. Megrian and Ms. Steadman, and the job opportunities. Thank you just wouldn’t be enough.
Resources for Brooke Alumni
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Cappex is a scholarship database.
Fastweb is a scholarship database.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
HSF empowers families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional students as possible.
- The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.
- Jackie Robinson Foundation
The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholarship program addresses the financial needs of college students and provides extensive, hands-on mentoring and support services.
QuestBridge connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and job opportunities.
- Posse Boston
Through its Dynamic Assessment Process, Posse identifies students and veterans for their leadership and academic potential.
- United Negro College Fund
UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members.
- Receive a Brooke Stipend
Send Sarah Holden your semester transcript to receive a $100 book stipend for the semester
- Buy Used Textbooks Online
Amazon.com, Chegg.com, and Half.Ebay.Com
- My Next Move
An interactive tool for students to learn more about career options
- Major Clarity
Connect academic planning with career pathway aspirations
Jobs and Internships
- Bottom Line, Getting Experience
Resources and tools for students to launch a job search
A recruiting site featuring jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities with nonprofit organizations
- Chegg Internships
An internship recruiting site with an extensive library of job application resources
- Generation Teach
Summer teaching fellowships for diverse undergraduate and high school students
- Harvard Integrated Life Sciences Summer Internships
Participate in a paid summer research experience with Harvard’s many schools and affiliated hospitals
- Phillips Brooks House Association Summer Urban Program
Community-based summer programs across Boston and Cambridge
- Let’s Get Ready
Volunteer as an SAT-prep and admissions counselor to first-generation-to-college students
- College for America/Duet
Accelerate your degree from Southern New Hampshire University while working full time
- Year Up
Gain new skills in this one-year, intensive training program that provides a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support
- Foundation Year
Enroll in Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies, where you can earn a full year of college credit
- Job Corps
Obtain career technical skills, complete high school education or earn college credits, and gain employment for up to three years in this residential education and job training program
Commit a year of public service to “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community” through a voluntary civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, and corporations