Grants & Scholarships
Salem State Grants and Scholarships:
- Salem State Academic Scholarships are awarded to some incoming students who meet eligibility requirements set by admissions. Students awarded academic scholarships must maintain a full time course load and meet satisfactory academic progress each semester to receive this grant.
- Salem State Grant is a need based grant awarded on a funds available basis. This grant may or may not be awarded to a student annually and will be prorated based on the number of credits a student is enrolled in each semester.
Federal Grant Programs:
Federal Pell Grant
The Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's or professional degree. It is a grant and does not have to be repaid. The U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula to determine your eligibility. Salem State must receive a valid SAR or ISIR no later than June 30 of the award year, or the student's last day of attendance, whichever comes first. If the student leaves school or completes his/her program and the college does not have a valid ISIR, the student is not eligible for a Pell Grant, or other aid. The amount of Pell Grant awarded is based on the FAFSA's Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and number of credits a student is enrolled in.
Federal SEOG Grant
These grants are awarded based on eligibility as determined by the FAFSA and on also the university's level of available funding. The SEOG Grant may be prorated or cancelled based on the number of credits a student is enrolled in.
Federal Teach Grant
The U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) Program provides funds to students who are completing or who plan to complete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to teach full-time for at least four years in specific subjects and environments. Student wishing to apply for the TEACH Grant must self identify and are strongly urged to read the following information: TEACH Grant Fact Sheet.
Interested students may apply here: TEACH Grant Application
Teach Grant Documents:
- Eligible Programs [PDF]
- TEACH Grant Check List [PDF]
- TEACH Grant Exit Material [PDF]
- Former Teacher & Retiree Verification [PDF]
State Grant, Scholarship and Waiver Programs*
* All tuition and fee waivers will be adjusted to reflect the number of credits a student is enrolled in.
The MassGrant is a grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You will be notified of your eligibility directly by the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA). You must return requested forms to them in a timely manner. Failure to do so could jeopardize receipt of your award. The financial aid office is not responsible for the estimated award for which payment is not received. Students MUST meet the May 1 FAFSA Deadline to be considered for this grant. Students must be enrolled full time and meet EFC requirements to receive this grant.
Mass Cash Grant
The Mass Cash Grant grant is awarded based on eligibility as determined by the FAFSA and also on the university's level of available funding. This grant may be prorated or cancelled based on the number of credits a student is enrolled in.
Massachusetts Part Time Grant
This is a grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for matriculated Massachusetts residents attending part-time (six – 11.5 credits). Eligibility will be determined by Salem State's financial aid office based on students' EFC and the availability of funds. The maximum award is $550.
Public Service Scholarship
Based upon entitlement, not need, this scholarship provides full tuition upon the loss of a parent and/or spouse who is killed or missing in the line of public service duty in Massachusetts. Call the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at 617.727.9420 for more information.
Department of Social Services (DSS) Adopted Children's Tuition Waiver
Tuition waiver for students 24 years of age or younger: full tuition for day college courses to all children in the custody of DSS adopted by an eligible Massachusetts state employee through DSS; also for all children in the custody of DSS and adopted through DSS by an eligible Massachusetts resident.
Department of Social Services Foster Care Children's Tuition Waiver
Full tuition for day college courses to a student who is a current or former foster child; who was placed in the custody of the state through a Care and Protection Petition; is 24 years old or under; was in the custody of the Commonwealth for at least 12 consecutive months and was not adopted or returned home.
Foster Care Grant
Provides grants to eligible students as determined by DSS and the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Stanley Z. Koplik- Certificate of Mastery Tuition Waiver
Non-need based waiver of day college tuition awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Education recognizing high academic achievement.
Scholarships are available for virtually every major, ethnicity, age, gender, job. Check out these scholarships search sites that we have reviewed:
Be very wary of any scholarship foundation or company that requires an application fee, investment, processing fee, etc.