Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program

The following is a brief description for students. Institutions should refer to the most recent guidelines for information.

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The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program was funded as a pilot initiative by the Legislature for the purpose of increasing the quality and availability of teachers and care providers to work with young children and youth in inclusive settings including infant/toddler, preschool and school age programs. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out of school time educators and providers who enroll in an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree program in Early Childhood Education or related programs.

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Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible for the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or non-citizen eligible under Title IV regulations.
  • Have applied for financial aid, using the standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be in compliance with Selective Service Registration.
  • Not be in default of any federal or state Student Loans for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received.
  • Enroll, as a matriculated student, in an undergraduate degree program (full or part-time) in Early Childhood Education, Child and Family Studies, Child Care Administration, Child Development, Child Guidance, Child Psychology, Family Studies, and Human Services is an eligible degree when it includes an Early Childhood concentration in the major.
  • Be employed, for at least one year, as an educator or provider in an early education and care program or out of school time program that is licensed or authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and continue employment in this field while pursuing the approved course of study.
  • Sign an agreement to continue employment as an early childhood educator or provider in Massachusetts upon completing the degree requirement, or repay funds as defined.
  • Not have received a prior bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Eligible Institutions

For the purpose of the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, an eligible institution is defined as a regionally accredited public or private college or university in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that offers an Early Childhood Education program of study or program in a related field. The following are the eligible colleges and universities:

American International College
Anna Maria College
Assumption College
Bay Path University
Becker College
Berkshire Community College
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
Bristol Community College
Bunker Hill Community College
Cambridge College
Cape Cod Community College
Clark University
Curry College
Dean College
Elms College
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Fisher College
Fitchburg State University
Framingham State University
Gordon College
Greenfield Community College
Hellenic College
Holyoke Community College
Lasell College
Lesley University
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massasoit Community College
Merrimack College
Middlesex Community College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Wachusett Community College
Northeastern University
Northern Essex Community College
North Shore Community College
Pine Manor College
Quincy College
Quinsigamond Community College
Regis College
Roxbury Community College
Salem State University
Simmons College
Smith College
Springfield College
Springfield Technical Community College
Stonehill College
Tufts University
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Urban College of Boston
Westfield State University
Wheaton College
Worcester State University


Award Amounts

The scholarship under this program is based on a per credit rate, depending on the type of institution as provided below. Applicants may receive scholarships to assist with the cost of no more than three courses per semester during the traditional fall, spring and summer:

Institution Type Maximum award amounts
University of Massachusetts $500 per credit, maximum of $4,500 per semester
Private College/University $500 per credit, maximum of $4,500 per semester
State University $400 per credit, maximum of $3,600 per semester
Community College $250 per credit, maximum of $2,250 per semester


How to Apply

The 2020-2021 Application will become available April 1, 2020, and must be completed by the deadline on August 15, 2020.

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