State grants are based on financial need and may be offered to eligible students from their state of legal residence. You should complete the FAFSA and follow any additional application requirements from your home state. You should also be aware of any deadlines that are imposed by your home state. Vermont and Pennsylvania have reciprocal agreements with Massachusetts and provide funding to students who attend Massachusetts colleges. If you are eligible for state aid funds, your tuition account will be credited once the College receives the funds from your state agency for the semester but no earlier than the end of the add/drop period for the semester. Please contact your state agency for additional information regarding eligibility.
A Commonwealth of MA (state) source of financial aid. Eligibility requires state residency and demonstrated financial need.
New in 2024: Massachusetts Application for State Financial Aid (MASFA) - Massachusetts residents ineligible to apply for financial aid using the FAFSA due to citizenship status may be eligible for this grant from the Commonwealth of MA. The MASFA is for students who have completed at least three years of high school in Massachusetts and received a diploma but are ineligible for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due to their immigration status. It should be completed by students who are beginning college in Spring 2024 or were enrolled in the Fall 2023 semester and may qualify for financial aid. The deadline for completing the MASFA to receive financial aid for the 2023-2024 school year is May 15, 2024. There will be a new MAFSA for the 2024-2025 academic year.
Massachusetts State Grants - Awards are based on exceptional financial need as determined from filing the FAFSA and availability of funds to Massachusetts residents enrolled as full-time degree-seeking students in their first bachelor's program. Awards range from $1,200 to $3,000 as set by the Commonwealth. No separate application is necessary.
Massachusetts Part Time Grants - These grants are awarded by the College based on a limited allocation of funds received from the Commonwealth. Awards are made to students based on exceptional financial need as determined from filing the FAFSA and availability of funds to undergraduate Massachusetts residents enrolled at least half-time but no more than three-quarter time for the semester in a degree program seeking their first bachelor's degree. Awards are set by the Commonwealth.
Massachusetts Gilbert Grant - Gilbert Grants are funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and are awarded by Curry College to eligible Massachusetts residents enrolled full time in a degree program seeking their first bachelor who demonstrate financial need as determined by the results of the students filing the FAFSA. Awards vary and are subject to available funding.
Massachusetts Foster Child Grant Program - The Foster Child Grant Program funded by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2001. The program provides grants of up to $6000 annually for foster children to help pay for an education beyond high school at any institution of higher learning throughout the continental United States. The Foster Child Grant recipient must have signed an agreement with the Department of Social Services for care and services beyond age 18.
To be eligible for a Foster Child Grant a student must:
For consideration contact the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at 617-727-9420 or your social worker at Department of Social Services.
The Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant Program was established by the Legislature for the purpose of providing financial assistance to Massachusetts residents who are currently employed as paraprofessionals in Massachusetts public schools, but wish to become certified as full time teachers. This grant is designed to help reduce financial barriers that often become obstacles for many paraprofessionals in attaining higher education. The program is also an attempt to help address the Commonwealth's current teacher shortage. Financial need is not a requirement for the Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant. However, recipients must annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
To be eligible for a Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant, a student must:
Private College/University - $625 per credit, maximum of $7,500 per academic year
Paraprofessionals interested in applying for the grant must complete the following:
The Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship Program is a state-supported program whose mission includes providing educational opportunities to Commonwealth students who demonstrate academic promise and desire to attend post-secondary institutions. The Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship Program was established in 1972 by the Massachusetts State Legislature as an early identification program to recruit students in the 10th and 11th grades whose socio-economic backgrounds and environmental conditions may inhibit their ability to persevere and attain educational goals.
To accomplish its mission, the Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship Program has developed an extensive partnership of representatives from social service agencies, public and private secondary institutions, civic agencies, religious organizations, and the educational community. Students are nominated by guidance counselors, social workers, ministers and educators who are familiar with their circumstances and selected semi-finalists participate in a rigorous interview process. Each year, 25 students in the 10th and 11th grades are selected to receive awards of up to 50 percent (50%) of their calculated need at the college of their choice within the continental United States. The students that are selected for this program must have overcome major adversity in their lives (i.e. physical or mental abuse, catastrophic illness, etc.). Obstacles may be mental, physical, geographic or societal. Students must exhibit academic potential for post-secondary success. There are approximately 100 students that are currently enrolled in colleges and universities across the United States with the assistance of the Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship.
To be eligible for a Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship, a student must:
Award amounts vary based on educational costs for full time study, including tuition, room, board, required fees, books and transportation.
For more information contact the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 727-9420.
The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program was funded as a pilot initiative by the Legislature for the purpose of increasing the quality and availability of teachers and care providers to work with young children and youth in inclusive settings including infant/toddler, preschool and school age programs. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out of school time educators and providers who enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program in Early Childhood Education or related programs.
To be eligible for the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, an applicant must:
The scholarship under this program is based on a per credit rate: $500 per credit, maximum of $4,500 per semester. Applicants may receive scholarships to assist with the cost of no more than three courses per semester during the traditional fall, spring, and summer semesters.