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Incentive Program For Aspiring Teachers Program
The Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers Tuition Waiver is designed to complement the Tomorrow's Teachers Scholarship Program which seeks to attract qualified high school students to the teaching profession by providing four-year tuition and fees scholarships. The Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers provides support to qualified students who after enrolling in college and earning a minimum 3.0 grade point average, decide to enter a certification program in a field with demonstrated teacher shortages. Students who participate in the program must commit to teaching for two years in a public school in the Commonwealth, upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree from the college or university. Students who participate in the program but do not complete their college education within four years of entering the certification program or who fail to complete their two-year teaching commitment within four years following graduation from college, shall be obligated to pay the Commonwealth the full amount of the tuition waivers granted through the Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for a Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers, a student must:
  • Be in his/her third and/or fourth year of college and enrolled in state approved teacher education program field with teacher shortages.
  • Have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average in general education courses.
  • Commit to teaching for two (2) years (one year for each year of full or partial tuition waiver received) in a public school in the Commonwealth upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree from the college or university and the appropriate certification pursuant to section 38G of Chapter 71 M.G.L.
  • Be deemed eligible by the institution.
  • Complete an agreement regarding service and/or repayment (including interest).
  • Achieve a 3.0 grade point average in the third year in order to receive the tuition waiver for the second year (senior year).
  • Be a permanent resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the opening of the academic year.
  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Be in compliance with applicable Selective Registration requirements.
  • Not be in default of any federal or state loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid.
  • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in accordance with institutional standards.
Eligible Institutions
The nine Massachusetts State Colleges and the four campuses of the University of Massachusetts.
Award Amounts
Students eligible for the Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers will be entitled to a tuition waiver equal to the resident tuition rate at the State College or participating University campus at which they are enrolled for two years. The tuition waiver for the second year of eligibility (senior year) is contingent upon the student earning a 3.0 grade point average in the third year.
Forfeiture of Tuition Waiver Award
Persons who participate in the program but do not complete their college education within four years of entering the certification program or who fail to complete their two-year teaching commitment within four years following graduation from college, shall be obligated to pay the Commonwealth the full amount of the tuition waivers granted through the Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers, prorated according to the fraction of teaching not completed, with interest, as determined by the Board of Higher Education.
How Do I Apply?
Contact the financial aid at the State College or University that you are attending or plan to attend for application requirements and deadlines. You can also contact the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070 to obtain more information.

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