Financial Supports

These financial supports are specifically geared towards students in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Education. Several require students to complete a FAFSA even though the awards may not be based on financial need (but dependent on a person already working in the field).

GCC Foundation Scholarships

Foundation scholarships are awarded yearly and are open for applications only between February and March.

  • Art and Marjorie Ruggles Scholarship – Given to an outstanding student in ECE who exhibits excellence in related courses as well as in their work with children.
  • Constance and Julius Roth Scholarship – Awarded to a student in ECE who has completed 30 credits at GCC and maintained at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • Other Foundation scholarships do not depend on a specific major but rather circumstances that might be relevant to students in the ECE or LEO majors.
Early Education and Care (EEC) Scholarship

Designed to provide financial assistance for up to 3 classes per semester for currently employed early childhood and out-of-school-time/afterschool educators living and working in Massachusetts. Can be used towards associate or bachelor’s level degree completion. Only open April 1-June; applicants must be already matriculated and have completed financial aid forms (FAFSA) first. Learn more at

Massachusetts Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant

The Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant Program provides 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 reduce their financial burden and 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). Learn more at

Federal Student Financial Aid

Learn more about applying for federal aid from GCC’s Financial Aid Office.

College Board

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