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Grants for student who qualify based on federal and state guidelines.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students. The grant is available to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree. The maximum award amount for 2016-17 is $5,815. The grant is prorated based on enrollment. If the student is not enrolled full-time, the grant will be prorated based on the number of credits per semester. To apply, complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.
A recent law reduces the duration of Federal Pell Grant eligibility from 18 semesters (or its equivalent) to 12 semesters (or its equivalent). This applies to all Federal Pell Grant eligible students effective with the 2012-13 academic year. The maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year is equal to 100%. The 12-semester or six-year equivalent is 600%. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Federal Pell Grant. To learn more, follow the link above or contact your Financial Aid Counselor.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This need-based grant does not need to be repaid. Students must be enrolled full-time. Priority is given to Pell Grant Recipients. Maximum award: $1,200.
Eligibility for these grants is determined by each state. State grants will not be awarded until the school receives a roster from the state agency.
To be eligible for a MASSGrant a student must:
- Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one full year prior to the opening of the academic year.
- Be a U.S. Citizen or non-citizen eligible under Title IV regulations.
- Have applied for financial aid, using the standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Be in compliance with Selective Service Registration.
- Not be in default of any federal or state Student Loans for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received.
- Be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits or its equivalent) in a certificate, associate’s or bachelor’s degree program at an eligible institution.
- Not have received a prior bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
- Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in accordance with institutional and federal standards.
- Demonstrate financial aid need as determined by the federal methodology need analysis criteria.
- Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between $0 and $5198.
Rhode Island Grant recipients must:
Rhode Island Resident: The student must be a resident of Rhode Island as of January 31. In the case of a dependent student (as determined by federal Title IV regulations), at least one of the student's parents must also be a Rhode Island resident as of January 31.
United States Citizen on Eligible Non-Citizen: The student must be either a United States Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen as determined by Title-IV federal financial aid regulations.
Full-Time Enrollment: The student must enroll on a full-time basis each academic semester, trimester, or quarter to maintain eligibility. Full-time enrollment is defined as at least 12.0 credit hours or its equivalent.
First Undergraduate Degree: Academic Promise Scholarship awards are available only to undergraduate students who have not yet achieved their first bachelor's degree. Students enrolled in graduate-level programs are not eligible.
Demonstrate Financial Need: A student's financial need is determined by information provided by the student and his/her family on the FAFSA. The student's federal estimated family contribution (EFC) must be $5,550 or lower.
Academic Requirements: In order to remain eligible, a student must achieve at least the following cumulative grade point averages each year:
Minimum Cumulative GPA
Year in College
Federal Title IV Requirements: The student must comply with federal Title-IV requirements regarding selective service and drug conviction. The student must not owe a refund on a federal educational grant program or be in default on a federal student loan.
Vermont Grant recipients must:
Vermont residents are eligible to apply for a Vermont Incentive grant if they are:
- accepted or enrolled in an undergraduate degree or certificate program, and do not already have a bachelor's degree; unless they are
- attending the University of Vermont College of Medicine, or
- enrolled in a doctor of veterinary medicine program.
- enrolled in at least 12 credits per term
Vermont Incentive grants are available for Vermont residents enrolled full-time at any postsecondary institution within the United States or Canada that participates in the federal Pell grant program.
The grant award amount is based on financial need and the cost of attendance of the student’s school. The minimum and maximum award amounts are determined annually based on funding availability.
Note: Vermont grant applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available.
How to Apply
- Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required for the Vermont grant application.
- Fill out the Vermont grant application. The FAFSA confirmation page will provide a link that will take you to the myVSAC registration page, where you can register for a new account or log in to your existing account. Once logged in, you will see the Vermont grant application, which will partially be prefilled from your FAFSA.
This need-based MA state grant does not need to be repaid. To be eligible, students and parents must be Massachusetts state residents and the student must be enrolled full time. Maximum award: $2,000.