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Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's                         Office of Student Financial Assistance
MASSGrant Program
The MASSGrant is a grant assistance program funded by appropriations from the Massachusetts Legislature. The MASSGrant program provides need-based financial assistance to undergraduate students who reside in Massachusetts and who are enrolled in and pursuing a program of higher education in any approved public or independent college, university, school of nursing or any other approved institution furnishing a program of higher education.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for a MASSGrant a student must:
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between $0-$5081.
  • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits or its equivalent).
  • Be enrolled in a certificate, associate or bachelors degree program.
  • Not have received a prior bachelors degree or its equivalent.
  • Be in compliance with Selective Service Registration requirements.
  • Be eligible for Title IV financial aid, not be in default of any Federal or State loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid.
  • Demonstrate financial aid need as determined by the Federal Methodology need analysis criteria.
  • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in accordance with institutional and federal standards.
Eligible Institutions
An eligible institution is defined as a state approved public, private, independent, for profit or non-profit institution in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts authorized to offer undergraduate degrees, certificates or diploma programs. Additional eligible institutions include, state approved public, private, independent, nonprofit institutions in Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia that have reciprocity agreements with Massachusetts and award associate and bachelors degrees, are also eligible to participate.
Award Amounts
The grant award under this program will vary, depending on the studentís Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and the type of institution that he or she attends.
Program Type Number of Semesters of Eligibility
5 Year Program 10 Semesters
4 Year Program 8 Semesters
3 Year Program 6 Semesters
2 Year Program 4 Semesters
1 Year Program 2 Semesters
How Do I Apply?
Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Federal Central Processor. The Federal Processor must receive the FAFSA by May 1st, in order for the student to meet the MASSGrant application priority deadline date. You can obtain a FAFSA from a high school guidance office, the local library, your college's Financial Aid Office or you can call the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070 to request a copy. You can also file your FAFSA electronically.

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