Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers Tuition Waiver

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

The Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers Tuition Waiver is designed to complement the Tomorrow's Teachers Scholarship Program. It seeks to attract qualified high school students to the teaching profession by providing four-year tuition and fees scholarships. The incentive provides support to qualified students who, after enrolling in college and earning a minimum 3.0 grade point average, decide to enter a certification program in a field with demonstrated teacher shortages. Students who participate in the program must commit to teaching for two years in a public school in the Commonwealth upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree from the college or university.

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible for an Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers Tuition Waiver, a student must:

1 See for more details.

2 Pursuant to Section 9 of Chapter 15A, as amended by Section 11 of Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2023.

Eligible Institutions

The nine Massachusetts state universities:

The four undergraduate campuses of the University of Massachusetts:

Award Amounts

Students eligible for the Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers will be entitled to a tuition waiver equal to the resident tuition rate at the state college or participating university campus at which they are enrolled for two years. The tuition waiver for the second year of eligibility (senior year) is contingent upon the student earning a 3.0 grade point average in the third year.

Students forfeit the tuition waiver award if:

Persons who participate in the program but forfeit the award shall be obligated to pay the Commonwealth the full amount of the tuition waivers granted to them. The amount due will be prorated according to the fraction of teaching not completed, with interest, as determined by the Board of Higher Education.

Click here to view the full value of tuition waivers, by school, for a full-time student in the current academic year.

How to Apply

Contact the financial aid at the public college or university that you are attending or plan to attend for application requirements and deadlines. You can also contact the DHE’s Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070 to obtain more information.


PDF Tuition Waiver Guidelines