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Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's                         Office of Student Financial Assistance
Cash Grant Program
The Cash Grant Program is designed to assist needy students in meeting institutionally held charges such as mandatory fees and non-state-supported tuition. It is a complementary program to the Need-Based Tuition Waiver Program. The Cash Grant is designed as an offset of the Tuition Waiver Program for the purpose of providing financial support to those individuals who would be denied the opportunity for higher education, without such assistance. Since its inception, the Cash Grant has been utilized as supplemental grants in campus-based financial aid packaging strategies, representing an important mechanism for public institutions to assist needy students.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for a Massachusetts Cash Grant, a student must:
  • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for one year prior to the start of the academic year for which the grant is awarded.
  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non citizen.
  • Be in compliance with applicable laws regarding Selective Service Registration.
  • Evidence financial aid need as measured by a federally approved system of needs analysis.
  • Be enrolled in at least three undergraduate credits per semester in an eligible program.
  • Not be in default of any federal or state student loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the institution's academic standards policy.
  • Not have earned a baccalaureate or professional degree or their equivalent.
Eligible Institutions
An institution within the system of public institutions of higher education under section 5 of Chapter 15A of the General Laws.
What Awards Are Available?
An individual student Cash Grant award for an academic period may not exceed the combined institutional tuition and fees charged for the award period.
How Do I Apply?
Contact your financial aid office for application requirements and deadlines. You may also call the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070 for additional information.

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Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance
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Revere, MA  02151
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