State grants and scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students from their official state of residence.
You must complete a FAFSA to be considered for a state grant or scholarship and we recommend you consult your state's education department to determine the deadline for eligibility.
The Massachusetts State Grant (MASSGrant) is a program funded by the state of Massachusetts to provide need-based financial assistance to undergraduate students who reside in Massachusetts. There is a May 1st FAFSA filing deadline to be considered for a MASSGrant. Questions regarding the MA State Grant can be directed to the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at 617-391-6070. Students can also access the MASSAid student portal for more information.
Eligibility notification letters are sent to Massachusetts residents beginning in May. If you are identified as eligible, the award is considered estimated until the College receives the funds from the state.
In addition to the Massachusetts State Grant, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts offers a need-based grant to Massachusetts residents who are full-time undergraduate students. Funds are limited and are offered to students with significant financial need. The typical award amount is $1,000.
GEAR UP is a national effort to encourage more young people to have high expectations, stay in school, study hard and go to college. Through the Board of Higher Education, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts received a GEAR UP State Grant to provide early college awareness activities, improved academic support, information on paying for college and the GEAR UP Scholarship for students who participated in a component of the GEAR UP Massachusetts Early Intervention initiative.
Students who participated in the GEAR UP Massachusetts program while in high school and complete a current academic year FAFSA as Massachusetts residents automatically receive consideration for a GEAR UP scholarship. For more information visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
The Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship was established to recruit students in the 10th and 11th grades whose socio-economic backgrounds and environmental conditions may inhibit their ability to attain educational goals. Massachusetts students who demonstrate academic promise and desire to attend post-secondary institutions may receive up to 50% of their calculated need at the college of their choice within the continental United States. Scholarship awards vary and are based on educational cost, including tuition, room, board, required fees, books and transportation. For more information and to apply visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
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's, bachelor's or master's degree program in Early Childhood Education or related programs.
For more information visit The Office of Student Financial Assistance.
A Pennsylvania State Grants offers its residents financial assistance based on financial need. Awards typically range from $500-$800. If you are identified as eligible the award is considered estimated until the College receives the funds from the state. For more information including application instructions and deadlines visit PHEAA.
The state of Vermont offers its residents need-based grants such as the Incentive Grant (full-time enrollment), the Part-Time Grant (part-time enrollment), and the Advancement Grant (for shorter non-degree programs to improve your ability to get a job or to explore college. Eligible students receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $12,500. If you are identified as eligible, the award is considered estimated until the College receives the funds from the state. For more information including application instructions and deadlines visit VSAC.
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