*The following is a brief description for students. Institutions should refer to the most recent guidelines for information.

The MASSGrant program is funded by the state Legislature and provides need-based financial assistance to undergraduate students who reside in Massachusetts. Students must be enrolled in and pursuing a program of higher education in any approved public or independent college, university, school of nursing or any other approved institution.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for a MASSGrant a student must:

Eligible Institutions

An eligible institution is defined as a state-approved public, private, independent, for-profit or non-profit institution in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts authorized to offer undergraduate degrees, certificates or diploma programs. Additional eligible institutions include state-approved public, private, independent, non-profit institutions in Vermont, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia that have reciprocity agreements with Massachusetts and award associate’s and bachelor’s degrees.

Award Amounts

The grant award under this program will vary, depending on the student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and the type of institution that he or she attends.

Program Type Number of Semesters of Eligibility
4 Year 8 Semesters
3 Year 6 Semesters
2 Year 4 Semesters
1 Year 2 Semesters

How to Apply

Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Federal Central Processor by May 1st. You can obtain a FAFSA from a high school guidance office, the local library, your college's Financial Aid Office or you can call the DHE’s Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070 to request a copy. You can also file your FAFSA electronically here.


PDF MASSGrant Guidelines and Procedures