Grants for Freshmen

What is a grant?

Grants are money you do not have to pay back.

Federal Grants:

Federal Pell Grant

  • federally-funded program; amounts change yearly
  • eligibility is based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and proven financial need
  • available to undergraduate students pursuing a first bachelor's degree or eligible undergraduate certificate program
  • limited to 12 semesters of full-time enrollment or the equivalent
  • amount will depend on your status as a full-time or part-time student

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • federally-funded program
  • eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need with priority consideration given to Pell Grant recipients

Federal TEACH Grant

  • federally-funded program
  • provides up to a maximum of $3,736 per year to students who are completing or who plan to complete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching and agree to serve as a full-time, highly-qualified teacher in a high-need subject area in a designated low-income school for at least 4 years within 8 years of graduating 
  • meet certain academic achievement requirements (i.e. maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25)
  • may need to be repaid if student does not fulfill teacher service agreement
  • requires completion of one or more forms. Look for the appropriate ones labeled TEACH Grant Program for the appropriate year

State Grants:

Mass Grant

Mass Cash Grant

  • state-funded program
  • eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need and the availability of state funding
  • available to undergraduate students who are Massachusetts residents

Mass Part-Time Grant

  • a state-funded program
  • available to undergraduate students who are Massachusetts residents attending part time (6-11 credits)
  • eligibility is based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

UMass Boston Grants:

UMass Boston Fee Grant

  • Merit-Based Awards based on academic performance
  • Academic Achievement Award
  • Need-Based Tuition Credit
    • an institutional tuition credit program 
    • eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need and fees charged
    • available to undergraduate students who are Massachusetts residents