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Grants

Bridgewater State University participates in a wide variety of federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid programs. These programs can be grouped into three categories: grant, work and loan.

The following is a description of the grant programs:

For financial aid purposes, the term "undergraduate" in the following paragraphs refers to students who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Enrollment levels are as follows: full time: 12 or more credits; three quarter time: 9 to 11 credits, half time: 6 to 8 credits; less than half time: 1 to 5 credits.

  • a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Department of Education
  • eligibility is based directly on demonstrated financial need
  • the amount of the grant is based on eligibility determined by the federal government
  • available to undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree
  • known as gift aid and does not need to be repaid
  • a federal grant awarded by the Financial Aid Office at BSU
  • eligibility is based directly on demonstrated financial need
  • available to undergraduate students enrolled at least half-time in their first undergraduate degree program; priority given to full time students
  • known as gift aid and does not need to be repaid
  • a state funded program awarded by the Financial Aid Office at BSU
  • eligibility is based directly on demonstrated financial need
  • available to undergraduate students enrolled at least half-time who are Massachusetts residents; priority given to full time students.
  • applies to state funded-undergraduate degree courses only
  • known as gift aid and does not need to be repaid
  • a state-funded program awarded by the Financial Aid Office at BSU
  • eligibility is based directly on demonstrated financial need
  • available to undergraduate students enrolled at lease half-time who are Massachusetts residents
  • known as gift aid and does not need to be repaid
  • priority is given to full-time students
  • a state-funded program administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • eligibility is based directly on demonstrated financial need
  • available to undergraduate students enrolled full-time who are Massachusetts residents
  • must file FAFSA prior to May 1
  • known as gift aid and does not need to be repaid
  • a state-funded program administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts available to students enrolled at least half-time but less than full-time (6–11 credits) who are Massachusetts residents
  • eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need
  • known as gift aid and does not need to be repaid
Bridgewater State University works with a number of individual state scholarship offices. Please call your state scholarship office to determine if an award is transferable to BSU and what you must do to apply.
  • an institutional grant awarded by the Financial Aid Office at BSU
  • eligibility is based directly on demonstrated financial need
  • available to undergraduate students enrolled at least half-time; priority given to full time students
  • known as gift aid and does not need to be repaid
This housing grant, made possible by the Massachusetts State Colleges Building Authority, is given to a select number of BSU students living in the residence halls who have demonstrated financial need according to the FAFSA. If eligible, this grant will be included on your financial aid award notice. 
Out of state residents may be eligible for a tuition reduction for certain programs if their home states do not offer similar programs. Contact the Office of Admissions to determine if your program of study is an eligible program.
This waiver is for students chosen as graduate assistants by the Graduate School.
If you wish to apply for other scholarship programs at BSU, there are in excess of seventy (70) different grants, waivers and scholarships available for students. To review the criteria used to determine eligibility, please see the Bridgewater State University Handbook. Applications for the scholarships are available at the Office of Student Affairs, located in Boyden Hall, and also at the Financial Aid Office during each spring semester.
There are many different scholarships and grants available to Education Majors and Minors through Bridgewater State University, as well as through the Federal Government and the State of Massachusetts.

Please note: Post-Baccalaureate students are not eligible for the TEACH Grant at Bridgewater State University.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is awarded to a student who is completing, or who intends to complete, coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching, and who agrees to serve for at least four years as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need subject area at a low-income school area (please refer to the TEACH FAQ Page for more information). If the student does not complete the required four years of teaching within eight years after completing the course of study for which the TEACH Grant was received, or otherwise does not meet the eligibility requirements of the TEACH Grant Program, the full amount of the TEACH Grant that the student received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that the student must repay to the U.S. Department of Education with interest accrued from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

The majors that qualify at BSU are typically Special Education, Math, English, most Sciences, and some Foreign Language majors.

Teach Grant Information Sheet

For more information, or to apply for the TEACH grant, visit the TEACH grant website.

For more information on the scholarships and programs offered by the State of Massachusetts, click on the link provided after each program below or visit the state's Office of Student Financial Aid website.

To be eligible for a Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant, a student must:

  • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be eligible under Title IV Regulations and not in default of a state or federal education loan or grant.
  • Enroll in an undergraduate degree program (full-time or part-time) leading to teacher certification in a Massachusetts Public College.
  • Be employed, for a minimum of two years, as a paraprofessional in a Massachusetts public school.
  • If employed less than two years as a paraprofessional, a student may qualify for the grant only if the undergraduate course of study will lead to teacher certification in high need disciplines: Math, Science, Special Education, Foreign Languages, or Bilingual Education.
  • Has not earned a bachelor's degree.

If you think you may qualify, or for more information, visit the Mass Office of Student Financial Assistance.

To be eligible for the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be eligible under Title IV Regulations and not in default of a state or federal education loan or grant.
  • Enroll, as a matriculated student, in an undergraduate degree program (full or part-time) in Early Childhood Education, or a related field (i.e., elementary education, sociology, psychology).
  • Employed as an early childhood educator or is a licensed family child care provider in Massachusetts for at least one year, and continues employment while enrolled in the required degree program.
  • Has not previously earned a bachelor's degree.
  • Signs an agreement to continue employment as an early childhood educator or provider in Massachusetts upon completing the degree requirement, or repay funds as defined.

If you think you may qualify, or for more information, visit the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance here.

To be eligible for the Math and Science Teachers Scholarship Program, a student must:

  • Be a permanent legal resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Be employed, full or part-time, as an educator in a Massachusetts public school or school that provide publicly-funded special education and;
  • Is currently teaching Mathematics or Science (including Technology/Engineering) under a waiver from certificate regulations (educator license); or
  • Currently teaching outside the certificate area (out-of-field teacher).
  • Enrolled in a higher education course in a degree granting program for math and science teachers.
  • Pursuing a degree or program of study in order to satisfy requirements for teacher certification by the Massachusetts Department of Education for mathematics or science.
  • Sign an agreement to continue teaching Mathematics or Science in a public school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a term of service, as specified, or repay all scholarship funds.
  • Be eligible under Title IV Regulations and not in default of a state or federal education loan or grant.
  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid www.fafsa.gov.