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Last updated: 11/28/18

Higher education funding opportunities

Are you interested in exploring higher education? If so, there are many programs in the City of Boston to make that dream possible, whether it's community college, a four-year university, or continuing education.

Still have questions? Contact:
Education Cabinet
1 City Hall Square
Room 608
Boston, MA 02201
United States

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Community College in Boston

Mayor Walsh launched the Tuition-Free Community College Plan to make college more affordable for eligible Boston residents. The plan pays for the costs of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell grant.

Community College to four-year school

The City can help make community college affordable, but the savings don't have to stop there! Through Boston Bridge, you can attend community college and then transfer to a four-year college at no cost.

Four-year college, Continuing Ed

The City of Boston Scholarship Fund is for new college students AND continuing education students who plan to attend a post-secondary school in Massachusetts. We award $2,500 per year to help pay for school.

External scholarship resources

If you want to share new or updated information about a scholarship available to Boston residents, email COBscholarship@boston.gov.

School Name and related link Amount per year Due date Brief description Application?
Berklee College of Music City Music College Scholarship Partial or full tuition February 9, 2018 Boston Area High-school graduate and attend Five-Week Summer Performance Program via the City Music Summer Scholarship. Yes
Boston Architectural School PILOT Scholarship Full tuition and fees Automatically considered with admission Boston Public School graduate and City resident attending the Bachelor of Interior Architecture, Design Studies, or Landscape Architecture program. No
Boston College Allston Brighton Scholarship Full tuition Automatically considered with admission Resident of Allston/Brighton for 4+ years and have an institutionally determined need greater than $10,000 to be considered. Any remaining scholarships are given to Boston residents. No
Boston University BU Community Service Award Full calculated financial eligibility without any loans Automatically considered with admission Boston Public School graduate (incoming and transfer students) No
Boston University Thomas M. Menino Scholarship Full tuition December 1, 2017 Students must be nominated by their high school principals or guidance counselors. Nominated students will submit an additional essay. Due December 1. Nomination
Emmanuel College Mission Hill Scholarship Full tuition Automatically considered with admission Resident of Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood No
Emmanuel College City of Boston Scholarship Unknown Automatically considered with admission Merit-based scholarship for City of Boston residents. No
Northeastern University Boston Public High School Scholarship Full tuition, room and board To be decided, early January Students attending Boston Public High School and who are in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Students must be nominated by their high school guidance office or headmaster. Nomination
Northeastern University Northeastern Boston Valedictorian Scholarship Full tuition, room and board To be decided, early January Senior Class Valedictorians, with preference given to students from the designated 35 Traditional District and Exam Boston Public High Schools. Students must be nominated by their high school guidance office or headmaster. Nomination
Northeastern University Boston Housing Authority Scholarship Full tuition To be decided, mid-February Residents of Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Public Housing must submit a letter verifying their residence within one month of submitting their admission application. There is an interview process that informs candidates’ admission and scholarship decision. Section 8 and BHA subsidized housing residents are not eligible for this scholarship. For more information, contact the BHA Community Services Department. Residency verification and interview
Northeastern University Northeastern Neighborhood Scholarship Full tuition Automatically considered with admission Boston Public High School graduates from 02115, 02118, 02119, 02120, and 02130 zip-code communities who are admitted to Northeastern. No
Northeastern University Balfour Academy Scholarship Full tuition, room and board To be decided, early March Balfour Academy graduates. Enroll in the Balfour Academy program by the seventh grade and study at Northeastern every summer until their senior year. Nomination
Simmons College Simmons Boston Scholarship Full tuition

February 1, 2018

Graduate of Boston public or charter high school. 3.0 GPA. 1080 on SAT or 21 on ACT. Nomination and interview
Suffolk University Nathan Miller Scholarship Program Full tuition Unknown Deserving students from the Boston Public Schools. Unknown
Suffolk University East Boston Stadium Scholarship Full tuition Unknown East Boston residents. Unknown
UMass Boston Boston City Scholarship $1,000 Automatically considered with admission Graduates of a Boston public high school. High school GPA 3.0. No
UMass Boston William M. Bulger Award and Scholarship Program Full tuition and fees May 1, 2018 Outstanding high school graduate from public or private school in Boston. Nominated by headmaster/principal. Due May 1. Nomination and essay
UMass Boston Mark Atkins Scholarship $5,000 Automatically considered with admission Lived in Boston for 10+ years, has financial need, strong academic potential, and entrepreneurial spirit. No
UMass Boston The Samuel Brehm Scholarship $5,000 Automatically considered with admission Graduate of Boston public school system, has financial need, strong academic potential, and entrepreneurial spirit. Must attend UMass Boston full-time. No
UMass Boston The Stephen J. Sweeney Scholarship Program $2,700 Automatically considered with admission Graduate of Boston public school system, has financial need, and has participated in school activities or community service. No
Umass Boston The Bernard R. Sneed Scholarship Program   Automatically considered with admission Resident of Harbor Point community and surrounding neighborhood. Member of an ethnic group historically underrepresented in higher education No
UMass System Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship Full tuition Unknown Graduate of Boston Green Academy or Excel High School. Has a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.25. Interested in pursuing STEM studies and careers. Yes
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston Resident Scholarship Full tuition after federal, state, and Wentworth funding is awarded March 15, 2019 Boston residents and have been accepted to Wentworth. Scholarship selection is based on academics, leadership, school and community involvement, as well as financial need. Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the FAFSA form to be eligible. Yes
Wentworth Institute of Technology Fournier Scholarship Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Wentworth Institute of Technology Jimmie Beverly Community Scholarship Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Any College or University uAspire Last Dollar Scholarship $500-1,000 To be decided, mid-June Boston student with demonstrated need who has worked with a uAspire College Affordability Advisor. Yes
Any College or University Madison Park Development Corporation Scholarship Varies (typically $1,000 - $5,000 per year for 4 years) To be decided, mid-June Must have zip code of 02119, 02120, or 02121. Must plan on enrolling in a two-year or four-year college in the fall. Commitment to community service. Yes
Any College or University Henry David Thoreau Scholarship $5,000 February 1, 2018 Massachusetts resident who demonstrates commitment to environmental leadership. Intends to major or minor in an environmental science-related field. Yes
Any College or University Greater Boston Real Estate Board Scholarship $1,000-$5,000 To be decided, mid-March Resident of Boston or Greater Boston area. Award based on financial need, academic achievement, leadership, extra-curricular involvement, and short written essays. Due April 15. Yes
Any College or University Thomas J. Butler Scholarship $5,000 April 27, 2018 Resident of the South Boston, high school senior with minimum 3.0 GPA. Involved in community service, interested in pursuing studies in Criminal Justice, Political Science, Public Service, or Social Services Yes
Any College or University Lowell L. Richards III Memorial Scholarship $5,000 April 27, 2018 Resident of the City of Boston, Chelsea, Revere or Winthrop. Boston Public high school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Involved in community service, interested in pursuing Government, Public Administration, Management, Planning, Architecture, or Design Yes
Any College or University Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship $5,000 April 27, 2018 Female resident of East Boston, minimum GPA of 3.0, involved in community service in East Boston Yes
Any College or University Delta Sigma Theta - Boston Alumnae Chapter Scholarship $1000 - $1500 (Renewable for four years) To be decided, late March Must be of African descent (African immigrant, African American, black), live in the Metropolitan Boston area, have at least a 2.75 GPA. Also must have a demonstrated commitment to community service Yes
Any College or University Edwards Scholarship Fund $2,500 March 15, 2018 Resident of Boston Yes
Any College or University Diversity STEM Scholarship Unknown April 27, 2018 Resident or school attendee of South Boston, East Boston, or Charlestown, a minority, high school senior with minimum 3.0 GPA. Involved in community service, interested in pursuing a degree that could be utilized in the transportation industry Yes
Any College or University Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship $500-16,000 December 15, 2017 Individual scholarships have unique criteria. For some, a parent or guardian must be a member of a union. For others, students must pass a Labor History Exam given on February 2, 2017. Yes
Private College or University in Massachusetts Yawkey Scholars Program Varies (maximum of $25,000, average scholarship is around $8,500) February 15, 2018 Massachusetts resident, high financial need (EFC of less than $5,000 or family income of less than $65,000), participate in a mentorship relationship, plan to attend a private college in Massachusetts. Yes
Competitive College or University Red Pine Scholarship Varies ($5,000 - $20,000 based on unmet need) February 15, 2018 Massachusetts resident, family income under $80,000, unmet need of at least $5,000 at competitive four-year college. Yes
Any College or University Greater Boston PFLAG Elsie Frank Scholarship Up to $15,000 To be decided, mid-February Demonstrated leadership in improving school climate for LGBTQ youth. Yes
Any College or University Boston and Vicinity Club Scholarship Varies To be decided, mid-March High school senior or first-year college student in Boston or surrounding communities, have financial need, shown academic strength, and exhibit leadership and service in your community. Yes
Bryn Mawr, Bucknell, Centre, Hamilton or Union Posse Foundation Boston Full tuition and fees Spring-August Boston resident. Must be nominated by your high school or community organization. demonstrate leadership and academic potential. Nomination
Any College or University College Club of Boston $2,000 To be decided, generally late March Seniors in Boston’s public high schools (including charter schools) and admitted to accredited, not-for-profit colleges or universities (including junior colleges, community colleges, and conservatories). Yes
Any College or University National Guard of Massachusetts $1,000-2,500 January 15, 2018 Massachusetts National Guard members, their sons, daughters, or spouses. Yes
Norwich University National Guard of Massachusetts $4,000 January 15, 2018 Massachusetts National Guard members, their sons, daughters, or spouses who are currently enrolled or accepted in an online Graduate degree program at Norwich University. Yes
Any College or University Mass Police Association $1,000 To be decided Scholarships are available to the children of active or retired members in good standing of the Mass Police Association. Yes
Any College or University University Club of Boston $7,500 To be decided, early-to-mid April Boston Charter, District, and Pilot Public High Schools graduates who demonstrate leadership, are involved in community service and extracurriculars, have financial need, and show academic potential. Yes
Any College or University Black Educator's Alliance $1,000 To be decided, early April Applicant must be a senior in a public or private high school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and planning to attend a two- or four-year accredited college or university in the fall of 2017. Scholarship awards are not renewable. Yes
Any College or University AGA Boston Brady Scholarship $1,500 January 25, 2018 AGA – Boston Chapter member or an immediate family member that is enrolled or will be enrolled for 2018 in an institution of higher education with no limitation as to educational major. Yes
Any College or University AGA Boston Frese Scholarship $1,500 January 25, 2018 High school, undergraduate, or graduate student enrolled or will be enrolled for 2018 in a financial management-related program. Yes
Any College or University Ouimet Scholarship $1,000-15,000 December 1, 2018 All Ouimet Scholarship candidates must have performed 2+ years service to golf as caddies, or in golf professional or course superintendent operations at any golf course in Massachusetts. Yes
Any College or University Alray Scholarship Up to $5,000 June 15, 2018 and October 15, 2018 Must be a Boston public high school grad who is returning to college after dropping out. Yes
Any College or University Simon Youth Community Scholarship Program $1,500 Open, no due date Legal U.S. resident; attending school and living in a Simon community (Boston). Yes
Any College or University Rollins Griffith Memorial $1,500 To be decided, early march Boston Public Schools graduating seniors who plan to study one of the creative arts or to pursue a career in teaching at a postsecondary institution. Yes
Any College or University Ruth M. Batson Scholarship $500 June 30, 2018

African American students who are in need of financial assistance in order to obtain clear educational and career objectives.

Request appointment by May 30 from:

Ruth M. Batson
Educational Foundation
250 Cambridge Street, Suite 701
Boston, MA 02114

Yes
Any College or University MA Broadcasters Association (MBA) Student Broadcaster $2,000 April 13, 2018 Massachusetts residents pursuing a career in over-the-air broadcasting. Yes
Any College or University Allston Board of Trade $1,000 May 15, 2018 Current Allston or Brighton resident (for at least one year) and be enrolled in college or vocational school. Yes
Any College or University Blackstone Franklin Square Neighborhood Association College Book $1,500-2,500 To be decided, mid-May South End high school seniors or current undergraduate students pursuing a higher education. Yes
Any College or University Agganis Foundation $1,000 To be decided, late April Minimum 3.0 GPA, varsity athlete, be accepted at any four-year college. Yes
Any College or University Brighton Board of Trade   June 1, 2018 Brighton residents. Yes
Any College or University Charlestown Mothers Association $500-2,500 To be decided Charlestown residents. Yes
Any College or University Michael P Quinn $6,000 To be decided Charlestown residents headed to four-year college with financial need. Yes
Any College or University Stephen Phillips $3,000-18,000 April 3 - May 1, 2018 Permanent residents of New England states, with financial need, who display academic achievement, a commitment to serving others, a strong work ethic, and leadership qualities. Yes
Any College or University John Gloucester Memorial Presbyterian Scholarship $1,000 To be decided, mid-June High school senior with minimum 2.5 GPA. Yes
Any College or University Prime Realty Group $1,000 May 30, 2018 Outstanding high school senior from Allston or Brighton, minimum 3.0 GPA. Yes
Any College or University BioSource $1,000 June 30, 2018 Must have a documented learning disability. Yes
Any College or University Mattress Help $1,000 September 25, 2018 Enrolled in college or university. 3.0 GPA. Yes
Any College or University GeneTex  $2,000 August 31, 2018 (for fall 2018), December 21, 2018 (for spring 2019), and July 31, 2019 (for fall 2019) Students pursuing a STEM undergraduate or graduate degree. Yes
Any College or University Infinity Law Group Annual Asian Heritage High School Scholarship $1,000 August 1, 2019 Applicant must be a current high school senior in Boston that will be attending their first year of college in the fall of the application year. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Recipient must be of Asian heritage with at least one parent of Asian ancestry. Yes