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New Location: Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) Moves to Malden, MA

MA Department of Higher Education’s Financial Aid Office to Close Thursday, May 18; Reopen Monday, May 22

The Department of Higher Education s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) will move from its current location in Revere to a new office location in Malden effective next week, Higher Education Commissioner Carlos E. Santiago announced today. The office will close for business effective noon on Thursday, May 18 and reopen for business on Monday, May 22. During the office move, no official business or public correspondence regarding state grants, scholarships or tuition waivers will be conducted.

The new offices opening next week will be located at 75 Pleasant Street in Malden, in the same building that houses the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as the Executive Office of Education s IT and HR departments. It is a short walk from the Malden Center MBTA stop on the Orange Line, as well as the Commuter Rail station and multiple bus routes.

Our new location is much more accessible to the public, and our proximity to the staff at DESE will give us fresh opportunities to collaborate with our K-12 partners to improve public access to financial aid information, said Clantha McCurdy, Senior Deputy Commissioner for Access and Student Financial Assistance. We look forward to hosting FAFSA completion events and other activities for students and families at our new offices.

Please update your files to reflect:

New OSFA Address: 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
New OSFA Fax: (617) 391-6085

Telephone numbers and email addresses for all OSFA employees will remain unchanged .

Complete information on Massachusetts scholarships, grants and tuition waivers, as well as college affordability tools and resources, are available on the DHE OFSA website .


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