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Education is an important investment. To assist you with financing your education, Curry College participates in a variety of federal and state aid programs. The professional and knowledgeable Student Financial Services staff is committed to helping you create a financial plan that will allow you to reach your educational and enrollment goals.
Aid programs for which Continuing Education students may be eligible:
Federal Pell Grant
A federally funded program that uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information you report on your FAFSA, to determine your Pell Grant eligibility. These funds are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree. Pell Grant funding is set by the federal government each year. Current awards range from a minimum of $581 to a maximum of $5,775 for the academic year 2015-2016 and are also based on enrollment status. Students are required to complete a FAFSA annually for consideration. Funds are credited to the student's tuition account approximately one week after the end of the add/drop period for the semester.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
A federally funded program for students with calculated exceptional need and are subject to the availability of funds. Priority is given to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. Award amounts depend on a student's need and the level of funding received by the College. Grants range from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $4,000. Students are required to complete a FAFSA annually for consideration. Funds are credited to the student's tuition account approximately one week after the end of the add/drop period for the semester.
Mass 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 $300 to $1,600 as set by the Commonwealth. No separate application is necessary.
Mass 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 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:
- Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
- Be a U.S. Citizen or noncitizen eligible under Title IV regulations.
- Be placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services through a Care and Protection Petition.
- Not be over the age of 24.
- Have signed a voluntary agreement with the Department of Social Services establishing terms and conditions for receiving such aid.
- Have applied for financial aid, using the standard Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Be in compliance with Selective Service Registration.
- Not be in default of any Federal or State Student Loans for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received.
- Be in good standing and meet the institution's requirements for satisfactory academic progress.
For consideration contact the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at 617-727-9420 or your social worker at Department of Social Services.
Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship Program
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:
- Students must be enrolled in a public or private secondary school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and legal residents of the State.
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- Exhibit difficult personal circumstances, high financial need, and strong academic promise to continue education beyond the secondary level.
- Upon graduation from high school, enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in an eligible program as defined by the institution.
- Provide evidence of documented need as measured by a federally approved system of need analysis.
- Be in compliance with state law regarding Selective Service Registration.
- Not be in default of a Federal or State loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid.
Awards are up to $15,000. For full-time study based on education costs, including tuition, room, board, required fees, books and transportation.
Complete and submit the application form: 2010 Christian A. Herter Application Form
Contact the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 727-9420.
Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program
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:
- Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
- Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be eligible under Title IV Regulations and not in default of a state or federal education loan or grant.
- Enroll, as a matriculated student, in an undergraduate degree program (full or part-time) in Early Childhood Education, or a related field (i.e., elementary education, sociology, psychology).
- Be employed, for at least one year, as an educator or provider in an early education and care program or out of school time program that is licensed or authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and continue employment in this field while pursuing the approved course of study.
- Have not previously earned a bachelor's degree.
- Sign an agreement to continue employment as an early childhood educator or provider in Massachusetts upon completing the degree requirement, or repay funds as defined.
The scholarship under this program is based on a per credit rate, depending on the type of institution as provided below. Applicants may receive scholarships to assist with the cost of no more than three courses per semester during the traditional fall, spring and summer:
Private College/University $500 per credit, maximum of $4,500 per semester
Contact the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at 617-727-9420.
Other scholarship Programs that are available to you include the GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program.