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Salem State Scholarships and Grants: What's the Difference?

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Salem State University Scholarships

Awarded to some incoming students who meet eligibility requirements. Students awarded academic scholarships must maintain a full-time course load and meet academic progress goals.

Salem State University Grants

Need-based grants are awarded on a funds-available basis. Grants may not be awarded to a student annually and are pro-rated based on the number of credits in which a student is enrolled.

Federal Grant Programs

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 canceled based on the number of credits a student is enrolled in.

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.

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 Jack Welch Scholarship is a four-year scholarship that covers tuition, fees, and books. New recipients are selected annually. To qualify, you must be: a resident of Salem, Massachusetts and admitted and enrolled as a full-time student in Salem State University's Bertolon School of Business. Recipients can commute or live on campus; however, this scholarship does not cover room and board.
To be considered, please submit your application to the university as full-time business major, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and complete the scholarship application. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 1.

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The Harold T. and Alice M. McCarthy Memorial scholarship is a full four-year scholarship which includes full tuition, fees, room and board, and books, and is awarded to a talented first-year student majoring in art + design with demonstrated financial need.

To be considered, please submit your application to the university as full-time art + design major, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and complete the scholarship application. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 1. Applicants should also submit a portfolio through salemstate.slideroom.com. For more information regarding the art portfolio, please contact the art department at 978.542.6222 or art@salemstate.edu.

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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.

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.

Provides grants to eligible students as determined by DSS and the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance.

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 State's  August 1 FAFSA Deadline to be considered for this grant. Students must be enrolled full time and meet EFC requirements to receive this grant.

Full time students attending Massachusetts four-year public colleges and universities who meet following requirements may be eligible for the MASSGrant Plus program:

  • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one full year prior to the opening of the academic year. 
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or non-citizen eligible under Title IV regulations. 
  • Have applied for financial aid, using the standard 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), by August 19, 2022, subject to availability of funds. 
  • Be a student enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at Salem State University. 
  • 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. 
  • Be enrolled either full-time (minimum 12 credits a semester)  
  • Not have received a prior bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. 
  • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in accordance with institutional and federal standards. 
  • Demonstrate financial need for tuition and fees after accounting for expected family contribution (EFC) and all forms of scholarship and grant aid. 

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.

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.

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.

The Salem Scholars grant is a scholarship for all first year undergraduate students with a home address in the following communities at the time of application to Salem State University. The scholarship is renewable annually and is for $1,500/year.

  • Salem 
  • Beverly 
  • Danvers
  • Middleton
  • Lynn 
  • Malden
  • Peabody
  • Saugus
  • Chelsea
  • Revere
  • Winthrop
  • Medford
  • Reading

The Viking Completion Grant program generously established by Kim Gassett-Schiller ’83, ‘18H and Philip Schiller aims to annually award 50 to 75 microgrants of up to $6,500 each to the university seniors with high academic merit who are most at risk for dropping out. The program will combine this financial support with ongoing coaching to encourage awardees’ successful on-time completion.

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Student Navigation Center: Second Floor, Classroom Building, Harrington (Central) Campus, 71 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970
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352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970
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