*The following is a brief description for students. Institutions should refer to the most recent guidelines for information.
The One Family Scholarship Program was established by the Massachusetts Legislature to assist heads of households in achieving their academic goals. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide the opportunity for a permanent path out of poverty through the pursuit of higher education. Recipients of this scholarship receive an integrated network of services through the non-profit organization, One Family, Inc., whose mission is to serve residents of the Commonwealth who are low-income and homeless, or have experienced homelessness within the prior year.
To receive scholarship funds, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
A public, private, independent, profit or non-profit postsecondary institution in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts authorized to offer undergraduate degrees or certificate programs. The institution must be accredited and eligible to participate in the federal Title IV programs.
Scholarships may be awarded to cover tuition and fees and related living expenses during the period of enrollment. The value of the tuition and fee portion of the scholarship, in combination with other financial aid, may not exceed the recipient’s cost of attendance as determined by the institution.
All applications go through One Family, Inc. To find out more and apply to the program, go to their website here.
All applicants must also fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can file your FAFSA electronically here.