Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program

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Amount
Awarded

$5,079

Awarded

Application Deadline

July 1

Wednesday
Awarded By:

Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or non-citizen eligible under Title IV regulations.
  3. Must be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
  4. Must enroll, as a matriculated student, in an eligible undergraduate degree program (full or part time).
  5. Must study early childhood education or a related field (i.e., elementary education, sociology, psychology).
  6. Must have been employed, for at least one year, as an educator or provider in an early education and care program or out of school time program that is licensed or authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and continue employment in this field while pursuing the approved course of study.
  7. Must attend an eligible Massachusetts postsecondary institution. For the purpose of the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, an eligible institution is defined as a regionally accredited public or private college or university in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that offers an early childhood education program of study or program in a related field. A list of eligible institutions is available on the MOSFA website.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is open to Massachusetts undergraduate students who are matriculated in a degree program in early childhood education or a related field (i.e., elementary education, sociology, psychology). Students must be employed, for at least one year, as an educator or provider in an early education and care program or out of school time program that is licensed or authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and continue employment in this field while pursuing the approved course of study.

Application requirements for the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program are:

  • Application form
  • FAFSA
Additional Information: All applicants must meet the following criteria: 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. Applicants must sign an agreement to continue employment as an early childhood educator or provider in Massachusetts upon completing the degree requirement, or repay funds as defined.

Award Amount: Maximum award amounts are as follows: University of Massachusetts and private colleges/universities, $500 per credit (up to $4,500 per semester); state universities, $400 per credit (up to $3,600 per semester); community colleges, $250 per credit (up to $2,250 per semester). Applicants may receive scholarships to assist with the cost of no more than three courses per semester during the traditional fall, spring and summer.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $5,079.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Applications are available online on the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance (MOSFA) website. Before submitting an application, each student must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices. The student cannot file an ECE Scholarship application until he/she has filed his/her FAFSA and the FAFSA is received by the Department of Higher Education and MOSFA. It takes a minimum of 72 hours for MOSFA to receive a completed FAFSA. After submission and receipt of the FAFSA, the student should complete a scholarship application in the MassAid Student Portal System. Please note: The student must have an active ECE Professional Qualifications Registry Number. If he/she does not have such a number, he/she should visit the PQ Registry at www.eec.state.ma.us/PQRegistry/. The priority deadline to submit a scholarship application is July 1.
Contact: Bridget Lynch
Address: 75 Pleasant Street 3rd Floor Malden, Massachusetts 02148

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