A grant is a type of financial aid provided to students to help cover education costs. Grants do not need to be repaid. They are typically awarded based on financial need, merit or both.

Grant Deadlines

Deadlines for federal and state grants are managed by the Office of Student Financial Services.

Federal Grant Programs

Federal Pell Grant

  • Awarded to students with exceptional financial need.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

  • Awarded to students with exceptional financial need, with preference to students receiving Federal Pell Grants.

Federal TEACH Grant

  • Awarded to students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families.
  • If the teaching requirements are unmet, the grant transforms into an unsubsidized Federal Stafford loan, accruing interest from the initial disbursement date.

Learn More About Teacher Loan Forgiveness

Massachusetts State Grants

The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) administers state grants. Cambridge College must ensure that every student receiving the MASS Grant, Early Childhood Educators (ECE), Foster Care Grant, Part-Time Grant and Gilbert Grant meets the mandatory requirements.

For all Massachusetts state grants, a student must:

  • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year before 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) by May 1st
  • Not be in default of any federal or state student loan for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received
  • Maintain eligibility requirements throughout the semester and meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) according to Cambridge College standards

There are additional requirements for each grant, including:

MASS Grant

  • Be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits)
  • No prior bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Be an undergraduate student
  • Demonstrate financial need for tuition and fees
  • Demonstrate exceptional financial need

Apply for the MASS Grant

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program (ECE)

  • Be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits)
  • Be employed for at least one year as an educator or provider in an early education or out-of-school time program licensed or authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)

Apply for the ECE Program

Foster Care Grant

  • Be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits)
  • Be placed in the Department of Children and Families custody through a Care and Protection Petition
  • Be under 25 years old at the start of the academic year
  • Sign a voluntary agreement with the Department of Social Services establishing terms and conditions for receiving such aid

Apply for the Foster Care Grant

Gilbert Grant

  • Be in attendance as a full-time (at least 12 credits) student at an eligible institution
  • Have yet to earn your first baccalaureate or professional degree and are enrolled in a program of study at the postsecondary level
  • Demonstrate financial need

Apply for the Gilbert Grant

Part-Time Grant

  • Be enrolled for at least six (or the equivalent) but fewer than 12 undergraduate credits per academic term in an eligible undergraduate degree program or eligible certificate program
  • Still need to complete a bachelor's or professional degree or equivalent

Apply for the Part-Time Grant

Contact the Financial Aid Office

500 Rutherford Ave.
Boston, MA 02129
Phone: 617-873-0403


Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (EST)