The MASSGrant and MASSGrant Plus programs are funded by the state Legislature and provide 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.
Under the MASSGrant Plus program, both full-time and part-time students attending Massachusetts public community colleges may be eligible for additional funding to help with the cost of tuition and fees. Review the requirements for the MASSGrant Plus program below to determine if you qualify for assistance from this program.
|Eligible Institutions||For MASSGrant 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.||For MASSGrant Plus, only public community colleges are eligible.|
|Award Amount||MASSGrant awards will vary, depending on the student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and the type of institution that he or she attends.||MASSGrant Plus awards will vary depending on student need (gap) to meet tuition/fee costs. Note that MASSGrant Plus awards are made after a student’s EFC has been calculated.|
|How to Apply||Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Federal Central Processor by the appropriate deadline. 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.|
|FAFSA Deadline||May 1 (every year)||November 1, 2018 (for the 2018-19 academic year)|