The following information on state aid is adapted from the Web site of Bridgewater State College, www.bridgew.edu.

Access Grant Program

The Massachusetts Community College Access Grant Program reduces the tuition and fees at community colleges for students enrolled in associate degree programs. Individuals with a household income of $36,000 or less can receive financial assistance that will meet the full cost of tuition and fees. Contact a financial aid counselor at the community college of your choice for further information.

Tuition Waiver

The Tuition Waiver program is funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and awarded by the financial aid office of local educational institutions, including community and junior colleges. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need and is available to Massachusetts residents enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program. This benefit applies to state funded undergraduate degree courses only. MASSGrant Program

Funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MASSGrant eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need and is available to state residents enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program. This money does not have to be repaid since it is considered to be "gift aid." To qualify, applicants must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA in the spring.

MASSGRANT Performance Bonus Program

Also funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, eligibility is the same as the general MASSGrant Program, but has the following two criteria:

  • Students must have cumulative grade points average or GPA of at least 3.0
  • Students' expected family contribution or EFC as determined by a federal needs analysis must be (0).

To qualify, applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.