Tuition waivers

For credit courses, the College requires that tuition waivers be submitted by the due date of the bill if you are eligible for one at that time. Proof of eligibility must be provided. Waivers will not be accepted if you fail to submit the proper waiver in a timely manner. Generally, fees cannot be waived with most types of waivers. However, senior citizen waivers, certain college employee waivers, and a limited number of other waivers, may also waive fees. In most cases, special class or program fees cannot be waived. Some waivers are subject to approval by the Registrar on seating availability basis.  All waivers for non-credit workshops are approved separately on a case by case basis by our Community Education Department. (For more information about tuition waivers, visit the website of the Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance.)

The most common types of waivers are Categorical Tuition and/or Fee Waivers and Need-Based Waivers.

  • Categorical Tuition Waivers are a component of the Massachusetts Single Tuition Waiver Program and have the same purpose of maintaining access to the Commonwealth’s public colleges and universities. Categorical Tuition Waivers are designed to provide financial support to individuals who might not have the opportunity to achieve higher education without such assistance.

    If it deems necessary, an educational institution, consistent with its mission and subject to the Board of Higher Education’s approval as of September 1, 1991, may establish additional waivers for specific categories of students.

    Types of waivers

    Adopted Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program (Code 21)
    Armed Forces (Code 14)
    Clients of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (Code 18) or Commission for the Blind (Code 20)
    Foster Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program (Code 21)
    John and Abigail Adams Tuition Waiver (Code 27)
    Koplik Tuition Waiver (Code 22)
    Massachusetts National Guard Tuition Waiver (Code 13)
    Massachusetts National Guard Welcome Home Tuition and Fee Waiver (Code 12)
    Massachusetts State Employee Tuition and/or Fee Waiver (Tuition Remission)
    Native American (Code 1)
    Senior Citizen (Code 2 or Code 42)
    Veteran (Code 11)

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for a Categorical Tuition Waiver, a student must:

    • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the opening of the academic year.
    • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.
    • Be in compliance with applicable Selective Service Registration laws.
    • Not be in default of any federal or state loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid.
    • Be a member of an eligible category as defined below.
    • In accordance with institutional requirements, each student must present documentation of categorical waiver eligibility to the appropriate college officials.
    • Enroll in at least three undergraduate credits per semester in state supported undergraduate degree or certificate program.
    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with federal and institutional standards.

    How much of a waiver am I eligible for?

    • Individual student awards for an award period may not exceed the actual campus tuition charges for the award period.
    • If the student is the recipient of need-based student financial aid resources and categorical tuition waiver awards, the combination of resources in the student’s financial aid package may not exceed the student’s demonstrated financial aid need.
    • If the student is the recipient of both a need-based tuition waiver and a categorical waiver, the total value of both waivers may not exceed the total cost of tuition.
    • Students qualifying for a Categorical Tuition Waiver may be granted full tuition waivers consistent with the institution’s policies.
    • Campus fees are generally not included in the waivers. Institutions may, but are not required to, waive specific fees for participants in various categorical waivers. If fees are waived, the campus should publicize the fees waived.

    How do I apply?

    Waivers are available to students in the above categories who meet certain requirements and can provide documentation of their eligibility. Contact the Financial Aid Office to apply for one of these waivers. You can also call the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070 to obtain more information.

  • Created in 1981, the Massachusetts Tuition Waiver Program exists to offset increases in tuition and maintain access to the Commonwealth’s public colleges and universities. An underlying goal of the Tuition Waiver Policy is that future public sector tuition increases be matched with a concomitant increase in the maximum award for the financially neediest students. Another principle of the Tuition Waiver Program is the belief that the benefits of higher education must be available to all citizens. Over the years, tuition waivers have been utilized as supplemental scholarships in campus-based financial aid packaging strategies.

    What charges qualify for need-based waivers?

    Only day state-supported tuition charges qualify for this waiver. State supported day tuition charges are designated on your account and billing statement as DAY Tuition.  You cannot have different types of waivers that waive the same state supported tuition charges. Therefore, if you already have another type of waiver on your account that has waived all of your state-supported tuition, you will not receive a need-based waiver.

    Eligibility

     To be eligible for a Need Based Tuition Waiver, a student must:

    • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the opening of the academic year.
    • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.
    • Be in compliance with applicable Selective Service Registration laws.
    • Not be in default of any federal or state loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid.
    • Evidence documented financial need as measured by a federally approved system of needs analysis.
    • Enroll in at least three undergraduate credits per semester in state-supported undergraduate degree or certificate program.
    • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with federal and institutional standards.
    • Not have earned a prior bachelors degree or its equivalent.

    What is the award amount I may be eligible for?

    An individual student Tuition Waiver for an award period may not exceed the actual campus tuition charge for the award period. Tuition Waiver awards, in combination with other resources in the student’s financial aid package, may not exceed the student’s demonstrated financial need. Students qualifying for a Tuition Waiver may be granted partial or full waivers depending upon the institution’s financial aid packaging policies.

    How do I apply?

    Need-based waivers are awarded during the financial aid process as a component of the student’s financial aid package. Therefore, students should be notified of Tuition Waiver awards via the financial aid award letter. Contact the Financial Aid Office for application requirements or deadlines. You can also call the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070 to obtain more information.

    Non-need-based waivers have different eligibility and documentation requirements. Please review these below.

    Adopted Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program (Code 21)
    Armed Forces (Code 14)
    Clients of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (Code 18) or Commission for the Blind (Code 20)
    Foster Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program (Code 21)
    John and Abigail Adams Tuition Waiver (Code 27)
    Koplik Tuition Waiver (Code 22)
    Massachusetts National Guard Tuition Waiver (Code 13)
    Massachusetts National Guard Welcome Home Tuition and Fee Waiver (Code 12)
    Massachusetts State Employee Tuition and/or Fee Waiver (Tuition Remission)
    Native American (Code 1)
    Senior Citizen (Code 2 or Code 42)
    Veteran (Code 11)