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    Top 87 Massachusetts Scholarships in July 2024

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    Updated: July 17th, 2024

    If you plan on attending college in the “Bay State,” you might benefit from checking out some Massachusetts scholarships to help pay your way. With seaside views, historical landmarks, and the charming city of Boston, you couldn’t find a better place to spend your college years than Massachusetts! Keep on reading to find the perfect Massachusetts scholarships that match your student profile!

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    MASSGrant and MASSGrant Plus

    Offered by Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Multiple awards worth Unmet Tuition + Fees Costs
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Are you a Massachusetts resident enrolled in a public, in-state institution of higher education? If so, MASSGrant and MASSGrant Plus may be great opportunities for…Show More

    Are you a Massachusetts resident enrolled in a public, in-state institution of higher education? If so, MASSGrant and MASSGrant Plus may be great opportunities for…Show More

    Are you a Massachusetts resident enrolled in a public, in-state institution of higher education? If so, MASSGrant and MASSGrant Plus may be great opportunities for you! While MASSGrant is a grant assistance program that provides need-based financial aid to undergraduate students who reside in Massachusetts and are enrolled in a Massachusetts college or university, MASSGrant Plus helps cover any remaining unmet financial need for tuition and mandatory fees related to instruction after taking into account expected family contribution (EFC) and any other financial aid grant provided either by the state or the student’s institution. To apply for both, interested students simply need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by June 30th of each year. If you're a Massachusetts resident who will be attending an in-state, public university, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Unmet Tuition + Fees Costs
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2025
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2025
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Paul Tsongas Scholarship

    Offered by Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    The Paul Tsongas Scholarship is a merit-based program that rewards Massachusetts students with a grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.75 and highly competitive Scholastic Aptitude…Show More

    The Paul Tsongas Scholarship is a merit-based program that rewards Massachusetts students with a grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.75 and highly competitive Scholastic Aptitude…Show More

    The Paul Tsongas Scholarship is a merit-based program that rewards Massachusetts students with a grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.75 and highly competitive Scholastic Aptitude Test (S.A.T.) scores of at least 1200 (or the American College Testing [A.C.T.] equivalent). Eligible students will receive a waiver of tuition and mandatory fees at a Massachusetts state university. For more information, applicants should contact the Massachusetts state college that they plan to attend for application requirements and deadlines. Keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Get Started

    BigFuture $40k Essay-Free Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $40,000
    Deadline Oct 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Open to US-Based high school students in the class of 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

    Open to US-Based high school students in the class of 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

    Open to US-Based high school students in the class of 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

    1 award worth $40,000
    Deadline Oct 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Apply

    Gilbert Matching Student Grant Program

    Offered by Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Multiple awards worth $200 - $2,500
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    The Massachusetts Gilbert Matching Student Grant Program (GMSGP) provides funds for participating Massachusetts' institutions of higher education and schools of nursing. All funds recieved must…Show More

    The Massachusetts Gilbert Matching Student Grant Program (GMSGP) provides funds for participating Massachusetts' institutions of higher education and schools of nursing. All funds recieved must…Show More

    The Massachusetts Gilbert Matching Student Grant Program (GMSGP) provides funds for participating Massachusetts' institutions of higher education and schools of nursing. All funds recieved must be used for direct financial assistance to undergraduate students from Massachusetts so they may attend or continue to attend such institutions. Applicants or their guardians must have been permanent residents of Massachusetts for the past 12 months. If you're a proud Masachusettsan pursuing your first baccaulareate or nursing degree, we encourage you to apply! For more information, applicants should contact the Massachusetts state college that they plan to attend for application requirements and deadlines.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $200 - $2,500
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students
    Apply

    Massachusetts Part-Time Grant Program

    Offered by Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

    Multiple awards worth $200
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

    The Massachusetts Part-Time Grant Program is open to Massachusetts residents who are enrolled for at least six (or the equivalent) but fewer than 12 undergraduate…Show More

    The Massachusetts Part-Time Grant Program is open to Massachusetts residents who are enrolled for at least six (or the equivalent) but fewer than 12 undergraduate…Show More

    The Massachusetts Part-Time Grant Program is open to Massachusetts residents who are enrolled for at least six (or the equivalent) but fewer than 12 undergraduate credits per academic term in an eligible undergraduate degree program or eligible certificate program in Massachusetts. To be considered, individuals must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Visit the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education website, or keep on reading, to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $200
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship

    Offered by Foster Care To Success

    Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Foster Care To Success

    Have you been in foster care through Casey Family Services? If so, consider applying for the Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship! The Casey Family Services…Show More

    Have you been in foster care through Casey Family Services? If so, consider applying for the Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship! The Casey Family Services…Show More

    Have you been in foster care through Casey Family Services? If so, consider applying for the Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship! The Casey Family Services Alumni Scholarship is open to 16-49-year-old current and incoming university students pursuing any degree or professional degree who were in foster care through Casey Family Services in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. The scholarship is offered by Foster Care To Success, the oldest and largest national non-profit organization working solely with college-bound foster youth to help provide them with tuition grants, books, living stipends, and emergency funding. On a rolling basis, the scholarship grants up to $10,000 to help former foster youth pay for their postsecondary educational expenses. If you're a former foster youth looking for help funding your schooling, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Department of Children and Families Adopted Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program

    Offered by Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

    Are you a Massachusetts adoptee aged 24 or younger? If so, consider applying for the Department of Children and Families Adopted Child Tuition Waiver and…Show More

    Are you a Massachusetts adoptee aged 24 or younger? If so, consider applying for the Department of Children and Families Adopted Child Tuition Waiver and…Show More

    Are you a Massachusetts adoptee aged 24 or younger? If so, consider applying for the Department of Children and Families Adopted Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program! This scholarship is open to adoptees aged 24 and younger who were adopted through DCF by Massachusetts state employees or eligible Massachusetts residents. Applicants must be planning to attend a public, in-state university. The scholarship is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, an agency that ensures that Massachusetts residents have the opportunity to benefit from a higher education that enriches their lives and advances their contributions to the Commonwealth. Each year, selected eligible students will be entitled to a tuition waiver and fee assistance equal to 100% of the resident rate. If you’re a Massachusetts adoptee passionate about pursuing your dream career and are looking for some help to pay off your degree, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Hellenic Women’s Club EOK Scholarships

    Offered by Hellenic Women’s Club, Inc.

    Multiple awards worth $5,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Hellenic Women’s Club, Inc.

    Are you a female undergraduate student of Greek descent? If so, the Hellenic Women's Club EOK Scholarships may be a great opportunity for you! Each…Show More

    Are you a female undergraduate student of Greek descent? If so, the Hellenic Women's Club EOK Scholarships may be a great opportunity for you! Each…Show More

    Are you a female undergraduate student of Greek descent? If so, the Hellenic Women's Club EOK Scholarships may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $5,000 to multiple undergraduate students of Greek heritage who have demonstrated exceptional community service, leadership, and academic achievement. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $5,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Aug 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Aug 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Massachusetts Youth Soccer Scholarship Program

    Offered by Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association

    2 awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association

    Are you a high school senior who has participated in Massachusetts Youth Soccer? If so, consider applying for the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Scholarship Program! The…Show More

    Are you a high school senior who has participated in Massachusetts Youth Soccer? If so, consider applying for the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Scholarship Program! The…Show More

    Are you a high school senior who has participated in Massachusetts Youth Soccer? If so, consider applying for the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Scholarship Program! The program is open to college-bound high school seniors who have played in a Massachusetts Youth Soccer league for at least the past two years. The Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association is a nonprofit educational and service organization dedicated to the “ongoing development of youth soccer players, coaches, clubs, and leagues in an inclusive, safe, and fun environment.” Every year, their Scholarship Program awards $1,000 in addition to an invitation to the Annual Awards Banquet to two lucky applicants. If you are a college-bound high school senior who has played in the Massachusetts Youth Soccer for the past two years, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    2 awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship

    Offered by Horticultural Research Institute

    1 award worth $3,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomore, College Junior & Graduate Student

    Offered by Horticultural Research Institute

    Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship applicants must be New England residents enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate landscape/horticulture program or related…Show More

    Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship applicants must be New England residents enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate landscape/horticulture program or related…Show More

    Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship applicants must be New England residents enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate landscape/horticulture program or related discipline at a two- or four-year institution. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.25 based on a scale of 4.0, or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for a graduate student. Preference will be given to an applicant who plans to work in any aspect of the nursery industry following graduation, including the desire to own one's own business. Preference will also be given to applicants in financial need. Keep on reading to learn more about the scholarship!Show Less

    1 award worth $3,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomore, College Junior & Graduate Student
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students & College Underclassmen

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students & College Underclassmen
    Apply

    Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship

    Offered by The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Are you pursuing a bachelor’s degree and are from New England? If so, you might be interested in applying for the Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship!…Show More

    Are you pursuing a bachelor’s degree and are from New England? If so, you might be interested in applying for the Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship!…Show More

    Are you pursuing a bachelor’s degree and are from New England? If so, you might be interested in applying for the Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship! The scholarship is open to permanent residents of New England who are entering or returning to an accredited undergraduate institution and demonstrate financial need. The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund is proud to offer this scholarship to help students attend college without accumulating debt. The scholarship is in honor of Stephen Philips, a Massachusetts family man who was involved in the merchant sailing era of Salem following the American Revolution. Every year, the scholarship awards up to $17,000 to help multiple New England residents cover their tuition costs. If you are a New England resident looking for a scholarship opportunity, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    Mary Cafolla Wallace Nursing Scholarship Program

    Offered by The Philanthropic Initiative

    Multiple awards worth up to $20,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by The Philanthropic Initiative

    Are you an adult (ages 24 - 55) planning to pursue a second career in nursing and obtain either an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)…Show More

    Are you an adult (ages 24 - 55) planning to pursue a second career in nursing and obtain either an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)…Show More

    Are you an adult (ages 24 - 55) planning to pursue a second career in nursing and obtain either an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in New England? If so, consider applying for the Mary Cafolla Wallace Nursing Scholarship Program! Each year, the program awards up to $20,000 each to multiple applicants who will be pursuing a nursing degree in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont in the upcoming Fall. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $20,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2025
    Grade Level High School Students
    Apply

    LSP Association Scholarship

    Offered by LSP Association

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by LSP Association

    The LSP Association Scholarship is intended to assist students in pursuing the educational requirements necessary for licensure as a Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional or to…Show More

    The LSP Association Scholarship is intended to assist students in pursuing the educational requirements necessary for licensure as a Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional or to…Show More

    The LSP Association Scholarship is intended to assist students in pursuing the educational requirements necessary for licensure as a Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional or to seek opportunities in other related professions within the environmental industry. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be awarded at the LSP Association Membership Meeting in June following the application deadline. Applicants must have been accepted to a degree program at an accredited New England College or University and be majoring in an approved environmental-related curriculum. Lastly, students must be Massachusetts residents OR be current members of the LSP Association, or have an immediate family member who is. If you're pursuing licensure to become a Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started
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    How to win Massachusetts scholarships

    Ranging from historical cities such as Boston to beautiful hiking trails filled with East Coast wildlife, Massachusetts is home to everything you could ever want throughout your studies! 

    In order to win Massachusetts scholarships and attend college there, you should emphasize your personal connection with Massachusetts while simultaneously describing your personal passions. For example, if walking around Boston sparked an interest in becoming a businessperson, you should detail this experience. 

    Whatever your personal interests, connect it back to your life as a Massachusettsan (or hopeful future Massachusettsan!) This will help you stand out in the scholarship application pool as well as show how meaningful Massachusetts is in your higher education journey.  

    Writing resources for writing Massachusetts scholarship essays

    In order to win Massachusetts scholarships, you may have to write an essay about yourself. Be sure to check out our Scholarships360 guides on how to start a scholarship essay (with examples), how to write a 500 word essay, and how to end a scholarship essay. Additionally, be sure to read over the ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships to ensure you are well prepared to win Massachusetts scholarships.

    Massachusetts student debt snapshot

    According to the Department of Education, in total, Massachusetts residents owe $30.8 billion in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe an average of $34,146 each (those numbers do not include private loans). Around 63.1% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for!

    Keep on reading to learn more about  merit scholarships from colleges in Massachusetts as well as top scholarships in Massachusetts!

    Merit scholarships at Massachusetts colleges and universities

    University of Massachusetts- Amherst

    • Eligibility: Automatic awards given to freshman based on academic achievement and a calculated UMass-Amherst GPA
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Admission to University of Massachusetts-Amherst

    Boston University

    • Eligibility: Incoming first year students who most likely rank in the top 5% of their high school class and have shown incredible extracurricular achievements in their schools and communities
    • Amount: Varies up to full tuition and fees 
    • Deadline: December 1

    University of Massachusetts- Lowell

    • Eligibility: Freshmen who are accepted into UMass-Lowell and have demonstrated high academic achievement
    • Amount: Varies up to full tuition and fees
    • Deadline: Admission to University of Massachusetts-Lowell

    Northeastern University

    • Eligibility: Incoming first year students who are creative thinkers, intrepid entrepreneurs and motivated researchers  
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Admission to Northeastern University

    UMass Boston

    • Eligibility: Freshmen who are proven to have high academic achievement in high school
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Admission to UMass Boston

    Worcester State University

    • Eligibility: Incoming first year students who meet minimum academic standards as well as additional factors beyond GPA and ACT/SAT scores
    • Amount: Up to full tuition
    • Deadline: Admission to Worcester State University

    Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity 

    In-state tuition allows residents of a state to receive cheaper tuition for a college or university in their state. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

    Here are a few well-known Massachusetts universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

    University of Massachusetts-Amherst

    • In-state tuition: $17,357
    • Out-of-state tuition: $39,293

    University of Massachusetts-Lowell

    • In-state tuition: $16,570
    • Out-of-state tuition: $35,396

    How do you get in-state tuition? 

    Being a Massachusetts resident can significantly reduce the tuition costs of Massachusetts colleges and universities. In order to officially become a Massachusetts resident, you will need to live in Massachusetts for 12 consecutive months prior to your enrollment. Additionally, you will need to show proof of your intent to stay in Massachusetts. This can include obtaining a Massachusetts driver’s license, a record of rent and utility bills, and registering to vote. However, it is important to note that you do not qualify for resident status if your only reason for living in Massachusetts is to attend school in Massachusetts. Therefore, double check with your intended Massachusetts institution for their specific requirements for in-state residency status. 

    Does Massachusetts offer tuition reciprocity? 

    Yes, Massachusetts is a part of a tuition reciprocity program through the New England Board of Higher Education. Through this program, students from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont can attend out-of-state colleges and universities at a discounted rate. 

    Additional Massachusetts resources

    FAFSA Guide

    The FAFSA opens nationwide on October 1st of every year. For priority consideration as a Massachusetts student, make sure you submit your application by midnight CT, May 1. Our handy guide features useful tips for completing the FAFSA, so be sure to read it!

    Mass.gov

    A helpful website for Massachusetts students looking for Massachusetts scholarships. Be sure to comb through this website as there is a lot of helpful information.

    Frequently asked questions about Massachusetts scholarships

    Can you get a full-ride scholarship to MIT?

    MIT only grants financial aid based on individual need, so you can’t earn scholarships through achievements or merit. However, a fair proportion of MIT students end up getting free tuition through need-based factors like household income.

    What type of scholarships does Massachusetts offer?

    Massachusetts offers a lot of different types of scholarships both for Massachusetts residents and out-of-state students. These scholarships may include need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships and scholarships specific to a certain demographic.

    Do I need to be a Massachusetts resident to receive Massachusetts scholarships?

    Not necessarily! Many Massachusetts scholarships may require applicants to be residents; however, there are also many scholarships that are open to non-Massachusetts residents. Ultimately, make sure you are researching scholarships that you fit the eligibility criteria for!
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