Scholarships

As a MassTransfer student, you can apply for a scholarship!

There is a section in the MassTransfer Application where you can indicate that you would like to apply for a scholarship. Within 2 hours of your MassTransfer Application being submitted, you will receive an email with log-in information to your Student Status Page. On that page, there will be a link to the scholarship application on your checklist. This link will expire 48 hours after you have submitted your MassTransfer Application, and you will not be able to go back to it once the link expires.

We use a holistic review process and decisions are based on the overall competitiveness of the applicant pool and the information provided in your application. Since many of the scholarships are income-based, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is helpful as it provides important information about one’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

To be given full consideration for a scholarship, your MassTransfer Application must be submitted by the priority date of March 1 (fall applications) or October 15 (spring applications).

The following scholarships are available to incoming MassTransfer students through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

Community College Academic Honors Scholarship ($2,500/year)

This scholarship rewards Massachusetts residents graduating from a Massachusetts community college with strong academic records. The award is based on both GPA and overall academic rigor. For more information, see our “Frequently Asked Questions” website.

To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • Massachusetts resident;
  • Have a 3.5 or higher community college GPA;
  • Be completing an associate degree at a Massachusetts public community college; and
  • At least 30 credits earned for the associate degree must be completed at a Massachusetts community college.

Flagship Award ($6,000/year)

This scholarship recognizes first-generation or low-income college students graduating from a Massachusetts community college with strong academic records who have contributed in a positive way within their community or family. Factors like extra-curricular activities, leadership roles, community service, and work experience are all taken into consideration by the scholarship committee.

To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • Massachusetts resident;
  • First-generation* or low-income; and
  • Be completing an associate degree at a Massachusetts community college.

Honors-to-Honors Scholarship ($6,000/year)

This scholarship is intended for first-generation or low-income students completing a Commonwealth Honors Program and enrolling in the UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. For more information, see our “Frequently Asked Questions” website.

To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • Massachusetts resident;
  • First-generation* or low-income;
  • Be completing an approved MassTransfer program;
  • Be completing a Commonwealth Honors Program or have a 3.5 or higher community college GPA;
  • At least 30 credits earned for the associate degree must be completed at a Massachusetts community college; and
  • Join the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst.

*First Generation: At UMass Amherst, we define first generation as someone whose parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree.