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Students are automatically reviewed for Salem State academic scholarships and grants by completing both the FAFSA and the Salem State endowed scholarships application using AcademicWorks where you would also find external opportunities.

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

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 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

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 U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) Program provides funds to graduate 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. Graduate students wishing to apply for the TEACH Grant must self-identify and are strongly urged to read the following information: TEACH Grant Fact Sheet

Interested graduate students may apply now: 

Teach Grant Documents:

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 full four-year scholarship presented annually to a Salem, Massachusetts, resident. Students must be admitted and enroll full-time in Salem State University's Bertolon School of Business.

To be considered, please submit your application to the university as full-time business major, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fafsa.ed.gov), and complete the scholarship application at salemstate.academicworks.com. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 1.

The Harold T. and Alice M. McCarthy Memorial scholarship 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 (fafsa.ed.gov), and complete the scholarship application at salemstate.academicworks.com. 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.

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

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.

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.

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