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.
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.
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
Bay Path University
Berkshire Community College
Bridgewater State University
Bristol Community College
Bunker Hill Community College
Cape Cod Community College
Fitchburg State University
Framingham State University
Greenfield Community College
Holyoke Community College
Massachusetts Bay Community College
|Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massasoit Community College
Middlesex Community College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Wachusett Community College
Northern Essex Community College
North Shore Community College
Pine Manor College
Quinsigamond Community College
Roxbury Community College
Salem State University
Springfield Technical Community College
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Urban College of Boston
Westfield State University
Worcester State University
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
- Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can file your FAFSA electronically .
- Create a MASSAid Student Portal account if you do not already have one.
- Complete the ECE Scholarship application in the MASSAid Student Portal system.
- Applicants must have an active EEC Professional Qualifications Registry Number to be considered for the ECE Scholarship. If you do not have an active EEC PQ Registry Number, view the Quick Guide for Completing your EEC Professional Qualifications (PQ) Registration.
The 2020-2021 Application will become available April 1, 2020, and must be completed by the deadline on August 15, 2020.
For More Information
- Read the Early Childhood Educators' Scholarship Program Guidelines
- Read about updates approved by the BHE for 2017-2018
- Refer to the Early Childhood Educators' Scholarship Program Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070