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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 2022–2023 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 2022-23, 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

*These amounts represent maximum award values. Final award values will be determined by OSFA during the selection process, based on the eligible applicant pool and the annual budget appropriation.

 

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, located under the “Grant/Scholarship Online Applications” tab
  3. Upload an unofficial copy of your transcript that clearly indicates your current major and cumulative GPA. Transcripts may be uploaded to MASSAid by accessing the “My High Demand” tab in the Student Portal and clicking the “Upload College Transcript” button.
    • OSFA reserves the right to request official transcripts from an applicant if it deems necessary

The application will open on June 15, 2022 and the deadline to apply is August 1, 2022. Funds will be awarded for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semester.

For further information, please review the Massachusetts High Demand FAQ Document.

PDF High Demand Scholarship Program Procedures and Guidelines