Public Service Grant Program

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

The Massachusetts Public Service Grant was established for students who have experienced the loss of a parent and/or spouse who is killed or missing in the line of public service duty in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Public Service Grant Program is the only scholarship program not based on demonstrated financial need, but rather entitlement.

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible for a Massachusetts Public Service Grant, at 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

An eligible institution is defined as a public or independent college or university in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is authorized by the Commonwealth to offer undergraduate degree programs.

Award Amounts

For a student attending a Massachusetts public college or university, the award shall be equal to the cost of the institution's full time annual tuition charges.

For a student attending a Massachusetts Independent College or University, the award shall be equal to the full time annual tuition charge at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

How to Apply

First Time Applications:
All students applying for consideration for a Public Service Grant must complete the following application, returning it and all necessary documentation as stated on the application to OSFA by May 1, 2024:

Renewal Applications:
To renew your grant each year, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for a renewal application for the Public Service Program or download the current Massachusetts Public Service Grant Program Renewal Application renewal application.

Be advised that the Massachusetts Public Service Grant is not automatically renewable. You must reapply each year to receive consideration for the Public Service Grant.