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

  • a state-funded program administered by the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance
  • eligibility is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) derived from the FAFSA
  • available to undergraduate students enrolled full-time who are Massachusetts residents. Parents of dependent students must also be Massachusetts residents
  • A MASS Aid Student Portal is available for students to correct or update information for the MASS Grant Program.  For instructions click here.  To access the portal click here.
  • must file FAFSA prior to May 1
  • maximum number of semesters of eligibility is 8

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

Campus Living Grant

  • Need-based funds awarded to first-year students who express interest in living on-campus
    • Must maintain eligibility for Pell grant funds
    • Must remain enrolled full-time (12+ credits)
    • Must live on-campus
  • Funds will be disbursed to the student's account and applied to any outstanding charges. Excess funds, if available, can be used to help pay for the cost of living on campus.