Scholarships for Transfers

Willena Fields near the grass outside the campus center 

“The Osher Reentry Scholarship helps me cover tuition and child care for my son while I’m in class. I’m excited to complete my degree in Social Psychology at UMass Boston. I plan to work in a day treatment program.” - Willena Fields  


Transfer Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is for students beginning their first semester at UMass Boston in Spring 2020. The one-time scholarship award ranges from $500 to $2,000.


  • New transfer students starting in the Spring 2020 semester (please note the deadline has passed for scholarships for the fall 2019 semester).

To Apply: Students may apply online here.

Deadline: December 16th, 2019


The Foster Furcolo Scholarship Program

Awards two-year scholarships covering tuition and most mandatory fees to one graduate of each public community college in Massachusetts.

Established to honor Foster Furcolo, who served as governor of Massachusetts from 1957 to 1960. He was instrumental in the creation of the system of public community colleges in the Commonwealth .

Nomination Procedure

  • Each community college president may select one student for recommendation and submit a letter describing the nominee’s qualifications for the Furcolo Scholars to the Office for Merit-Based Scholarships. The letter may come from the transfer and/or advising officer at each community college.
  • Contact the office of your community college president for consideration.
  • Final selection will be determined by UMass Boston. Not all nominees will be offered scholarships.


  • Must exemplify the success of the community college system in accomplishing the educational mission envisioned by Governor Furcolo
  • Earned an associate’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
  • A Massachusetts resident 
  • Must be a first time, full-time student enrolling for fall semester immediately following graduation from the community college
  • Must graduate from your community college in the spring preceding fall entrance at UMass Boston
  • Not available to applicants from community colleges graduating in the winter term
  • Nominated students may not have attended UMass Boston in the past

Deadline: May 1


The Osher Reentry Scholarship

Awarded to newly entering UMass Boston students who are returning to college after an interruption in study of five years. This five year timeframe need not be consecutive. Osher Reentry Scholars will receive up to a $5,000.00 per year scholarship. The scholarship is potentially renewable.


  • Resuming college after a gap of approximately five years. This gap need not be consecutive. You may have stopped in and out of school, but should have a total of five years away from higher education and be eager to complete your degree at UMass Boston now.
  • Completing a first bachelor’s degree
  • Not open to students enrolling in fully online degree programs
  • Looking forward to a significant number of years in the workforce after graduation

To Apply

Fill out a paper application

Send the application to the Office for Merit-Based Scholarships at


  • December 13, 2019 for students entering in spring 2020


Massachusetts Advantage Plus Program (MAPP)

Eligible MassTransfer students receive a tuition credit, up to $1,714, when they enroll at UMass Boston. The scholarship is renewable for up to four semesters.


  • Completed an Associate’s Degree at an approved Massachusetts Community College
  • Achieved a GPA of 3.0
  • Enrolled at UMass Boston within one year of completion of Associate’s Degree

For more information visit the MassTransfer website.

We also encourage you to explore Outside Scholarships.