Financial Aid Programs

Students that complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enroll in an eligible degree or certificate program are considered for many forms of financial aid.

Federal and State Grant Programs (money that does not have to be repaid):

Federal Pell Grant: The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. Amounts can change yearly, and are based on a student’s cost of attendance, enrollment status, and expected family contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA.

For the 2016-2017 award year (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017), the maximum annual Pell award is $5,815.

Effective on July 1, 2012, student may receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 full-time semesters of enrollment. Students may not receive Pell Grants from two schools for the same payment period.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): The FSEOG program is a campus-based program that provides awards for students with exceptional financial need. Priority consideration will be given to students that meet published application deadlines and have an expected contribution of $0.

Selection of students for FSEOG awards

In selecting among eligible students for FSEOG awards in each award year, an institution shall select those students with the lowest expected family contributions who will also receive Federal Pell Grants in that year.  Therefore, FSEOG awards will initially be made only to those students that meet the published priority deadlines and have an expected family contribution (EFC) on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) of $0 and are receiving a Federal Pell Grant in the Fall and/or Spring semesters.  This applies to all students, regardless of program, dependency status, and enrollment status.

If Massasoit has FSEOG funds remaining after giving FSEOG awards to this first selection group, the institution shall award the remaining FSEOG funds to students with a $0 EFC that did not meet published priority deadlines. It is unlikely that limited FSEOG funding will remain after this group is awarded.  However, if funding is available, priority will then be given to students with the lowest EFC’s that are also receiving a Federal Pell Grant without respect to the priority deadlines.

Federal Loan and Programs (money that does have to be repaid):

Direct Stafford Loans are loans made available to student borrowers through the federal government. Students who are enrolled at least half-time may borrow a Stafford Loan to pay for their education expenses. Before a student can borrow a loan, the student must apply for financial aid by completing a FAFSA application.

Please note: the U.S. Department of Education has not yet finalized interest rates, fees, and other details about federal loans for the 2016-2017 academic year. The information on this page is from the previous academic year and is likely to change. Please check this page again after July 1, 2016.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loans: The subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan is a federal student loan available to students with financial need. Subsidized loans are among the least expensive loan options for students because the federal government pays the interest while the student is attending college on at least a half-time basis, during the six month grace period prior to repayment, and during other periods of authorized deferment.

  • Fixed Interest rate of 4.29% for the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Eligibility is based on financial need, as determined by the FAFSA
  • Cumulative lifetime undergraduate loan limit of $23,000
  • No payments required while enrolled in school
  • Loan origination fee of 1.068% for loans disbursed after October 1, 2015

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans: The unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan is a federal student loan that is not based on financial need. Interest accrues on unsubsidized loans from the time the loan is disbursed by the school. If the borrower does not pay the interest as it accrues, it is capitalized (added to the loan balance). The interest is not paid by the federal government. This is the key difference between subsidized and unsubsidized student loans.

  • Fixed Interest rate of 4.29% for the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Borrow up to $10,500 per year, depending on grade level and dependency status
  • Cumulative loan limit of up to $31,000 for dependent undergraduate students, and up to $57,500 for independent undergraduate students
  • No payments required while enrolled in school
  • Loan origination fee of 1.068% for loans disbursed after October 1, 2015

If you are a first-time borrower on or after July 1, 2013, there is a limit on the maximum period of time (measured in academic years) that you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans. This time limit does not apply to Direct Unsubsidized Loans or Direct PLUS Loans. If this limit applies to you, you may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150 percent of the published length of your program. This is called your “maximum eligibility period.” Your maximum eligibility period is based on the published length of your current program.

For example, if you are enrolled in a two-year associate degree program, the maximum period for which you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans is three years (150 percent of 2 years = 3 years). If you are enrolled in a one-year certificate program, the maximum period for which you can receive Direct Subsidized Loans is 1.5 years (150 percent of 1 years = 1.5 years).

Because your maximum eligibility period is based on the length of your current program of study, your maximum eligibility period can change if you change to a program that has a different length. Also, if you receive Direct Subsidized Loans for one program and then change to another program, the Direct Subsidized Loans you received for the earlier program will generally count toward your new maximum eligibility period.

Federal Direct Parent Plus Loans: Federal Direct PLUS loans are federal loans that parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay education expenses. The U.S. Department of Education makes Direct PLUS Loans to eligible borrowers through schools participating in the Direct Loan Program. To apply for a PLUS loan, the student must complete a FAFSA application, and the parent borrower must submit a PLUS loan application and credit check release, both of which are available in the “Forms” section of the Financial Aid website, or which can be requested from the Financial Aid Office.

  • Fixed Interest rate of 6.84% for the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Interest is charged from the time the loan is disbursed
  • The maximum loan amount is the student’s cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received
  • Must be used for educational expenses only
  • Loan origination fee of 4.272% for loans disbursed after October 1, 2015
  • Borrower must be the student's biological or adoptive parent or the student's stepparent, if the biological or adoptive parent has remarried at the time of application. Parent PLUS Loan borrowers cannot have an adverse credit history (a credit check will be done). In addition, parents and their dependent child must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens, must not be in default on any federal education loans or owe an overpayment on a federal education grant, and must meet other general eligibility requirements for the Federal Student Aid programs.

For additional information about federal loans, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans.

Federal Work Study Program (money that has to be earned through work):

Federal Work Study: Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federally funded student employment program that provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. Positions are available on both the Canton and Brockton campuses as well as at non-profit agencies in the local community. The current rate of pay is $11.00/hr. on campus and $12.00/hr. off-campus. To apply for a Federal College Work Student position please complete the application found here and return to the Financial Aid Office on the Brockton Campus or to the Enrollment Center on the Canton Campus.

For general conditions and terms applicable to work study employment, please view the Federal College Work Study Student Employment Manual.

Primary State Grant and Tuition Waiver Programs (Money that does not have to be repaid):

Massachusetts State Grant: The MASSGrant program provides need-based financial assistance to undergraduate students who reside in Massachusetts and are pursuing a degree in an eligible degree or certificate program. Award amounts range from $500 - $900 annually ($250-450/semester), and are subject to change each academic year. To be eligible for a MASSGrant a student must:

  • 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 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.
  • Be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits or its equivalent) in a certificate, associates or bachelor’s degree program at an eligible institution.
  • 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 aid need as determined by the federal methodology need analysis criteria.
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between $0 and $5198.

Massachusetts Part-Time Grant: The Mass Part-Time Grant program provides assistance to needy Massachusetts residents who are enrolled in 6-11 credits per semester. The minimum award is $200 and the maximum award is $450 annually.

Student applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for an award under this program:

  • Be a Massachusetts resident domiciled in Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the opening of the academic year; be a U. S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen under Federal Title IV regulations.
  • Be in compliance with state law regarding Military Selective Service Act (M.G.L. C.15A, S.16).
  • Eligible for Title IV and not be in default on a federal or state education loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid.
  • Must demonstrate need as determined by the institution and be eligible under the Federal methodology need analysis criteria.
  • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress according to institutional and Federal standards.
  • Be enrolled for at least six (or the equivalent) but fewer than twelve undergraduate credits per academic term in an eligible undergraduate degree program or eligible certificate program
  • Has not earned a baccalaureate or professional degree, or the equivalent.

Massachusetts Cash Grant/Access Grant: This state funded program provides need-based grants not to exceed the combined institutional tuition and fees charged for the payment period. Priority consideration is giving to students that meet the published priority deadlines.

State grant funded program available for needy students on a first come/first serve basis. Award amounts vary, but cannot exceed the total of tuition and fees.

Need-based Tuition Waivers: Students with demonstrated need may be awarded a tuition waiver after the drop/add period for state-supported classes. Waivers cover the tuition cost only, and not course fees, are typically not available for courses taught by adjunct professors, or that are held in the evening and/or weekends. An individual student tuition waiver for an award period may not exceed the actual campus tuition charge or, in combination with other resources in the student's financial aid package, exceed the student's demonstrated financial need.

Categorical Tuition Waivers: Several kinds of tuition waivers are available to certain categories of Massasoit Community College students. These categories include, but are not limited to:

  • Veteran: As provided in M.G.L. Chapter 4, Section 7(43) including: Spanish War, World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Lebanese peace keeping force, Grenada rescue mission, the Panamanian intervention force, or the Persian Gulf.
    • *For purposes of tuition waivers, the term "veteran" shall also include any individual who served in the army, navy, marine corps, coast guard or air force of the United States for not less than ninety days at least one of which was served in the theatre of operation for the Somalian mission known as "Operation Restore Hope" and whose last discharge or release was under honorable conditions.
  • Native American: As certified by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  • Senior Citizen: Persons over the age of 60.
  • Armed Forces: An active member of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force or Coast Guard) stationed and residing in Massachusetts.
  • Clients of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission or Commission for the Blind: As certified by the respective commission.

Waiver documentation must be submitted prior to the end of the semester for which the waiver applies, and while the student is still enrolled. Waivers will not be applied retroactively to semester that has already ended, and will not be processed after a student is no longer actively enrolled.

Students will need to present documentation of eligibility and may need to certify they meet all waiver eligibility requirements prior to having their waiver accepted. Students eligible for waivers should obtain clarification from the Financial Aid Office before making course selections. Students eligible for the Senior Citizen Waiver need to certify US citizenship and MA residency and present proof of age 60 years or greater. Senior Citizen Waivers will not be accepted until one week before the start of the class, and enrollment of at least 15 students in the class is confirmed.

Please see the Financial Aid Office for application and certification information.

Institutional Financial Aid

Massasoit Community College Fee Grant (MCCFee): This fund was designed to supplement other forms of federal and state gift aid to assist students with demonstrated need to cover the full cost of tuition, fees and books. This fund may be used interchangeably with FSEOG and Massachusetts Access as part of the Massasoit packaging policy, and is usually reserved for those students that apply by the published deadlines. Funds permitting, MCCFee may also be used to assist needy student with summer tuition and fee costs. Student must file a FAFSA to be considered for this fund.

United Student Fund (USF): Funded primarily by donations and institutional fund raising efforts, the USF is used to assist needy students cover the cost of health insurance and books, as well as provide support for students with financial emergencies. Students seeking assistance with the cost of books and mandatory health insurance may complete a USF application at the Financial Aid Office. Students seeking assistance for financial emergencies may complete an application at the Dean of Students’ Office.

Second Chance Scholarship: The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students with demonstrated financial need that do not qualify for federal or state financial aid due to unsatisfactory academic progress. This scholarship will assist students who have overcome adversity or hardship in their lives to persist and graduate from Massasoit Community College. Students must complete a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form.

Priority will be given to students that are close to meeting federal SAP requirements, are close to graduation and that have compelling personal and financial circumstances.

Massasoit Scholarships: A variety of institutional scholarships are available to assist students with educational costs. Information and application requirements are available at www.massasoit.edu/students-and-parents/paying-for-college/scholarships-awards/index.

Veterans’ Educational Benefits

The VA Certifying Official is responsible for certifying VA educational benefits for veterans and their dependents. Please visit the Office of Veterans Services in the Student Center, Room SC 118 on the Brockton Campus. They may also be reached at 508-588-9100, ext. 1477. Information may also be obtained online by visiting www.massasoit.edu/students-and-parents/veterans/.