Massachusetts Public Service Grant

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Amount
Awarded

$1,500

Awarded

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021

Saturday
Awarded By:

Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance

Number of Awards & Eligibility: All eligible students will be awarded.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  4. Must be the child or widowed spouse of a Massachusetts police officer, firefighter, or corrections officer who was killed or died from injuries received while performing his/her duties (includes authorized training duty) OR the child of a prisoner of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA) in Southeast Asia whose wartime service was credited to the Commonwealth and whose service was between Feb. 1, 1955 and the termination of the Vietnam campaign OR is the child of a veteran whose service was credited to the Commonwealth and who was killed in action (KIA) or died as a result of such service.
  5. Must plan to attend a Massachusetts college or university.
  6. Must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits or its equivalent) in an eligible institution.
  7. Must be a high school senior or older and be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.

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

Description: This award is avialable to Massachusetts undergraduate students who are planning to enroll full-time at a Massachusetts college or university. Students must have a parent and or spouse who is killed or missing in the line of public service duty in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Application requirements for the Massachusetts Public Service Grant are:

  • Application form
  • Proof of eligibility
  • Verification forms
  • FAFSA
Additional Information: The Massachusetts Public Service Grant Program was established in recognition of the hardship that a family experiences upon the loss of a parent and or spouse who is killed or missing in the line of public service duty in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This grant program was established to provide educational opportunity to the remaining family members. Eligible students must not in default of any Federal or State loan or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received and be in compliance with Selective Service Registration requirements.

Award Amount: For a student attending a Massachusetts public college or university, the award amount is equal to the cost of the institution's full-time annual tuition charges. For a student attending a Massachusetts Independent College or University, the award amount is equal to the full-time annual tuition charge at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst not to exceed $2,500 per academic year. Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until the completion of a degree, whichever comes first. Recipients must complete the FAFSA and reapply each year.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $1,500.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, May 1, 2021

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, May 1, 2021

Applications are available from the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance (MOSFA) website. Students must download and complete the application and make sure to provide all the necessary information listed on the application. Children or widowed spouses of a Massachusetts police officer, firefighter or corrections officer whose death occurred in the line of duty must submit a certificate from the Massachusetts Retirement Board. Children of POW, military or service person missing in action in Southeast Asia between Feb. 1, 1955 and the termination of the Vietnam campaign, or veteran who was killed in action or died as a result of such service must submit the following materials: a copy of his/her birth certificate, a copy of the veteran's death certificate, a DD214 form to show that the veteran's service was credited to Massachusetts, and proof that the veteran's death was service-connected. Students must also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices. The FAFSA must be received by the Federal Processor for state scholarship/grant consideration after January 1st each year for award consideration for the upcoming award year. The application and any required materials must be complete and submitted to the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance by midnight on the deadline.
Contact: Bridget Lynch
Address: 75 Pleasant Street 3rd Floor Malden, Massachusetts 02148

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