Grant programs

Grant programs provide financial aid which does not need to be repaid (unless you withdraw from school and owe a refund). For more information about any of the grant programs listed below, including eligibility and how to apply, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Federal Pell Grants

The Pell Grant Program provides assistance to students with exceptional need.  Pell Grant eligibility depends upon the information provided by students and their family on the FAFSA. If you’re eligible for a Federal Pell grant, you’ll receive the full amount you qualify for based on enrollment. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 3 credit hours in an eligible program.  You can receive the Pell grant only up to 18 semesters, if you received the Pell Grant after July 1, 2008.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a federally-funded, campus-based program that provides grants for exceptionally needy students.  Unlike Pell grants, the amount of FSEOG you receive depends not only on need but also on the amount of other aid you get and the availability of FSEOG funds on campus.  Due to limited funds, it’s important to apply early to be considered for these funds. Not everyone who qualifies for an FSEOG will get one.

Massachusetts Access Grant Program (MCASH)

The Massachusetts Cash Grant Program provides funding to students who demonstrate financial need and have resided in Massachusetts for one year prior to the beginning of the academic year.

Massachusetts Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program

This Massachusetts scholarship provides grants to students matriculated in an eligible program, and who have been employed and continue employment in early childhood care. Awards are determined by the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance.

The Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant

This Massachusetts grant provides financial assistance to a Massachusetts resident who has worked and continues to work as a paraprofessional in a public school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a minimum of two years or is employed as a paraprofessional and is pursuing a course of study that will lead to certification as a teacher in bilingual education, special education, math, science or foreign language. Students may be full or part-time. Awards are determined by the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Massachusetts Part-time Grant Program (MSSP)

The Massachusetts Part-time Grant Program provides additional grant assistance to students with Pell Grant eligibility who are enrolled for six to eleven credits and who demonstrate financial need. Due to limited funds, it’s important to apply early to be considered for these funds. Not everyone who qualifies for an MSSP will get one.

Massachusetts Tuition Waiver Program

This Massachusetts program waives tuition for residents of Massachusetts who have resided in the state for one year prior to the opening of the academic year and who demonstrate financial need.

Massachusetts Grant Program (for Full-time Study)

The Massachusetts Grant Program provides assistance to students who are studying on a full-time basis (12+ credits each semester), who have been legal residents of the state for one year, have completed the FAFSA by may 1, and who demonstrate financial need.  Awards are determined by the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance.

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

The Adams Scholarship is based on a student’s performance on the grade 10 English language arts and mathematics assessments of MCAS. It provides a tuition waiver for eight traditional semesters. Students must first apply for financial aid. Students who receive the Adams Scholarship must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Vermont Student Assistance

The Vermont Student Assistance Grant Program provides grants to students who are legal residents of Vermont and who demonstrate financial need. Students must apply directly to the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation for consideration.