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Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship Program

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

The Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship Program was created by the Massachusetts Legislature to support economic growth and development. The purpose is to encourage degree completion in high demand disciplines that will help address the workforce needs of the Commonwealth by providing scholarship assistance to support the educational costs of students pursuing such programs of study.

The 2021–2022 application for the Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship will be open to students at Massachusetts public institutions who are pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) or Health Professions degree.

Who Is Eligible?

A student qualifies if they are enrolled in an eligible program and meet the following requirements:

Eligible Institutions

In 2021-22, an eligible institution shall be a public institution as defined under Section 5 of Chapter 15A of the Massachusetts General Laws.

Award Amounts

Subject to available funds, scholarships will be awarded to students based on enrollment status as follows:

Full-time enrollment (12+ credits)

Up to $6,500 per year or $3,250 per semester at UMass
Up to $5,500 per year or $2,750 per semester at State Universities
Up to $4,000 per year or $2,000 per semester at Community Colleges

Part-time enrollment (6-11 credits)

Up to $3,250 per year or $1,625 per semester at UMass
Up to $2,750 per year or $1,375 per semester at State Universities
Up to $2,000 per year or $1,000 per semester at Community Colleges

 

How to Apply

  1. Create a MASSAid Student Portal account if you do not already have one.
  2. Complete the High Demand Scholarship application in the MASSAid Student Portal System.
  3. Submit an official transcript from your current institution to OSFA. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.
  4. *Transcripts are considered official when they are sent directly from the institution to OSFA. Any transcript that has been opened or forwarded by the student is considered unofficial.
    *Students in the first semester of their studies may be required to submit additional information if the 3.0 GPA requirement is not confirmed on the official transcript at the time of submission.

The application will open on October 18, 2021 and the deadline to apply is November 30, 2021. Funds will be awarded for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semester.

PDF High Demand Scholarship Program Procedures and Guidelines