Scholarships for Transfers

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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  


As a transfer student, there are a number of scholarships available to help support your education. Apply early, even if you are still completing courses at your previous institution. See each scholarship below for more details on requirements and deadlines.

Transfer Scholarship

This scholarship is renewable for up to 4 semesters, and the award ranges from $500 to $2,000.

You are eligible if you are:

  • A new transfer student starting your first semester at UMass Boston in the Fall 2020 semester.

Apply online here.

Deadline: August 1st, 2020

The Foster Furcolo Scholarship Program

This scholarship was 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.

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

You are eligible if you:

  • 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
  • Are Massachusetts resident 
  • Are a first time, full-time student enrolling for fall semester immediately following graduation from the community college
  • Are graduating from your community college in the spring preceding fall entrance at UMass Boston

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.
  • Nominated students may not have attended UMass Boston in the past.

Deadline: May 1st

The Osher Reentry Scholarship

This scholarship awards up to $5,000 per year and is potentially renewable.

You are eligible if you are:

  • Starting at UMass Boston for the first time
  • Resuming college after a gap of approximately five years. This gap does not need to be consecutive. You may have been 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
  • Looking forward to a significant number of years in the workforce after graduation
  • Not enrolling in a fully online degree program

Apply by sending this application to the Office for Merit-Based Scholarships at

Deadline: July 20th, 2020 for students entering in Fall 2020 semester

Massachusetts Advantage Plus Program (MAPP)

This scholarship is renewable for up to four semesters and provides a tuition credit of up to $1,714 when you enroll at UMass Boston.

You are eligible if you:

  • Are a MassTransfer student who has completed an associate's degree at an approved Massachusetts Community College
  • Have achieved a GPA of 3.0
  • Enroll at UMass Boston within one year of completion of associate's degree

Read more information at the MassTransfer website.

The New England Transfer Association Scholarship

This scholarship is run by the New England Transfer Association, is potentially renewable, and awards $1,000 to up to six local transfer students each year.

You are eligible if you:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Are eligible to receive an associate’s degree during the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Successfully complete 30 credits from the sending institution
  • Transfer from a NETA affiliated two-year school to a NETA affiliated four-year school in either the spring or fall semester of 2020. Current two year NETA affiliated schools include: Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, CCRI, Holyoke Community College, Housatonic Community College,Massasoit Community College,MassBay Community College,Middlesex Community College,Northern Essex Community College, Northern Maine Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, Three Rivers Community College, Tunxis Community College

For all questions regarding the New England Transfer Association Scholarship application and selection process, contact the Scholarship Chair at

Apply here by May 1st each year.

We also encourage you to explore Outside Scholarships.