Grants and Scholarships

About Need-Based Grants

Most grants and scholarships funded by Fisher College require that a student demonstrate financial need. Most need-based grants and scholarships are awarded for a total of eight academic semesters. An academic semester is a term in which a student is enrolled in classes and paying Fisher tuition. Students must continue to make uninterrupted progress toward their degrees and maintain their academic standing in order to receive grant funding.
  • Grants do not need to be repaid
  • Students who complete the necessary application requirements will be considered for all eligible need-based grants.
  • Most incoming students are awarded a four-year Fisher College Trustee Scholarship commitment.
Determining Award Amounts 

Each application for assistance is reviewed to determine the student's eligibility for all types of financial aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the primary document used by Fisher College to collect information on a family's financial situation and determine financial need.* The same standards are applied to all applicants. Your Offer of Financial Assistance is derived from a number of factors. We begin with the estimated cost of ​attendance. From this, we subtract the Expected Family Contribution (EFC),* which is derived from information you submitted on the FAFSA, to arrive at your financial need. In addition to the need component, Fisher College recognizes a student's academic potential when awarding institutional grant funds.

*Financial Need - The difference between the cost of education and the expected family contribution is your financial need. It is Fisher College's intent to meet as much of a student's financial need as available funds will allow. An aid package may include a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study.

*Expected Family Contribution (EFC) - The primary responsibility for financing an education rests with students and their families. Institutional, federal, and state assistance is intended to be a supplement for families who need assistance meeting these costs.

Undergraduate Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

Need Based Awards

Grants are awarded by the Fisher College Financial Aid Office to full-time, traditional, degree-seeking students who demonstrate financial need as a result of filing the FAFSA. Students must apply for financial aid and file a FAFSA annually to be considered for any type of Fisher Grant. Funds are credited to tuition accounts after the add/drop period each semester.

Fisher Trustee Grant: Awarded to full-time, traditional undergraduate degree seeking students on the basis of demonstrated financial need and as funding levels permit. Award amounts vary. Grant is renewed annually.

Resident Assistant Scholarship: Students selected to be RA’s on the Boston Campus are eligible for a non-need based scholarship of $3500.00 per semester. To see if you are eligible please speak with the Director of Housing on the Boston Campus

Merit Scholarship

Fisher College offers a number of merit based awards ranging in amounts from $9,000 to $20,000. During the admission process, each student who is offered admission to Fisher College will automatically be considered for eligibility for a merit scholarship. There is no additional application or FAFSA is necessary in order to receive a Merit Award. Merit awards are renewed annually based on degree-seeking, full-time enrollment in an undergraduate program. Recipients must meet and maintain the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements as outlined in the College Catalog. Funds are credited to tuition accounts after the add/drop period each semester.
  • $17,000 Presidential Scholarship
  • $17,000 College 101 Scholarship
  • $17,000 Transfer Presidential Scholarship
  • $16,000 Achievement Scholarship
  • $16,000 Transfer Achievement Scholarship
  • $15,000 BASE Scholarship
  • $14,500 Back Bay Scholarship
  • $14,500 Transfer Back Bay Scholarship
  • $13,000 Opportunity Award
  • $13,000 Transfer Opportunity Award
  • $3,000 - $10,500 International Student Scholarship 
  • $9,000 Charles River Award
  • $9,000 Transfer Charles River Award
  • $7,500 Beacon Hill Scholarship for International Students
  • $3,000 Residential Award (Awarded in addition to Merit Award)
  • $2,000 Honors Program Award
Scholarship Renewal
Scholarships are renewed annually as long as the student are enrolled at a  full-time status and maintains the cumulative grade point average required (if applicable).

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grants A federally funded program that uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information you report on your FAFSA and determine your Pell Grant eligibility.  These funds are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree. Pell Grant funding is set by the federal government each year. Current awards range from a minimum of $657 to a maximum of $6,195 for the academic year 2019-2020 and are based on enrollment status.  Students are required to complete a FAFSA annually for consideration. Funds are credited to the student's tuition account approximately one week after the end of the add/drop period for the semester.

A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) A federally funded program for students with calculated exceptional need and are subject to the availability of funds. Priority is given to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. Award amounts depend on a student's need and the level of funding received by the College. Grants range from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $4,000. Students are required to complete a FAFSA annually for consideration. Funds are credited to the student's tuition account approximately one week after the end of the add/drop period for the semester.

Massachusetts Grants

MASSgrant Program
The MASSGrant is a grant assistance program funded by appropriations from the Massachusetts Legislature. The MASSGrant program provides need-based financial assistance to undergraduate students who reside in Massachusetts and who are enrolled in and pursuing a first bachelor degree in a program of higher education in any approved public or independent college, university, school of nursing or any other approved institution furnishing a program of higher education. Parents of dependent students must also reside in Massachusetts (if applicable). In addition to its full-time grant award, the state of Massachusetts also offers a part-time grant to students who are enrolled on a less than full-time basis. Visit the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance website to learn more about the Massachusetts Part-Time Grant.
 
Gilbert Grant
The Commonwealth's Gilbert Grant program provides additional grant aid to the neediest residents of Massachusetts. Gilbert Grant funding is limited, so be sure to fill out your FAFSA (opens in new window) as soon as possible.
 

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program
The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out of school time educators and providers who enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program in Early Childhood Education or related programs. Visit the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance website (opens in a new window) to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements.

Campus Based and Discretionary Funds

Fisher College awards campus based funds to students annually based on the federal and state allocations provided by the Department of Education and Massachusetts Office of Student Aid (OSFA). Each year when awarding FSEOG, Perkins Loan, MA Gilbert, and Federal Work-Study, the criteria described below, for each fund, must be satisfied before awarding.

Federal Work-Study Program – Upon initial review of the FAFSA, if the student selects “yes” to interested in work-study they are awarded Federal Work-Study funding. This fund is limited and will be awarded to students, as the fund remains available. The minimum award per semester is $500.00 per semester and the max should not exceed $1250.00 per semester. Additionally, a student’s award should not exceed $2500.00 in FWS funding annually. At the end of the fall semester, the Office of Financial Aid will review any unused FWS funds and award students who were placed on the waitlist. 

MA Gilbert Grant – Students who have completed the FAFSA, are Pell Grant eligible, and are a MA resident (dependent students’ parents must also be a MA resident) are eligible for a MA Gilbert Grant based on availability of funds. A Gilbert Grant cannot exceed $2400.00 annually.

Federal SEOG – Is awarded to students who complete the FAFSA and are Pell Grant eligible. The fund is limited and will be initially awarded to students who complete their FAFSA before the priority deadline of May 1st and have a 0 EFC. 

Discretionary Funds
Fisher College offers an appeal process to students who have had a change in financial circumstances and may offer additional funds on a limited basis. The appeal process is based on the individual situation and funds are not guaranteed. To learn more, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@fisher.edu.
 

Graduate and Professional Studies Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

Students enrolled in the Graduate and Professional Studies program may be eligible for the following scholarship programs and should contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Police & Public Service Scholarship

Student who has been or is currently employed for a qualifying public service establishment or within a law enforcement agency may be eligible for a $100.00 scholarship per class. This scholarship is awarded after the Add/Drop period for the term the student enrolls. Once attendance is confirmed, student will receive these funds on their student account. Upon receiving the scholarship, the student is required to maintain a GPA average of 2.00.

Military Tuition Scholarship

Active military service members or those who has served in the military may be eligible for a $100.00 scholarship per class. This scholarship is awarded after the Add/Drop period for the term the student enrolls. Once attendance is confirmed, student will receive these funds on their student account. Upon receiving the scholarship, the student is required to maintain a GPA average of 2.00. To find out if you qualify contact the Director of Graduate and Professional Studies 

Corporate Partnership Scholarship

Students who are affiliates with the following approved corporate partners* may be eligible for a $100.00 scholarship per class: 

•    Edlink/EdAssist/John Hancock 
•    Brockton Hospital School of Nursing Graduates 
•    Signature/Steward/Southcoast Partnerships 
•    Boston Medical Center 
•    Raytheon 
 

This scholarship is awarded after the Add/Drop period for the term the student enrolls. Once attendance is confirmed, student will receive these funds on their student account. Upon receiving the scholarship, the student is required to maintain a GPA average of 2.00. To find out if you qualify contact the Director of Graduate and Professional Studies.  

*Available for any program by an employee of these healthcare systems.
 

BSN Scholarship

Students/graduates of the Brockton Hospital School of Nursing are eligible for $120.00 scholarship per credit, on each BSN or Nursing class. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.00 and a completion rate of 67% at all times during enrollment. To find out if you qualify please contact the Brockton site director.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grants A federally funded program that uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information you report on your FAFSA and determine your Pell Grant eligibility.  These funds are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree. Pell Grant funding is set by the federal government each year. Current awards range from a minimum of $657 to a maximum of $6,195 for the academic year 2019-2020 and are based on enrollment status.  Students are required to complete a FAFSA annually for consideration. Funds are credited to the student's tuition account approximately one week after the end of the add/drop period for the semester.

A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) A federally funded program for students with calculated exceptional need and are subject to the availability of funds. Priority is given to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. Award amounts depend on a student's need and the level of funding received by the College. Grants range from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $4,000. Students are required to complete a FAFSA annually for consideration. Funds are credited to the student's tuition account approximately one week after the end of the add/drop period for the semester.

Massachusetts Grants

MASSgrant Program
The MASSGrant is a grant assistance program funded by appropriations from the Massachusetts Legislature. The MASSGrant program provides need-based financial assistance to undergraduate students who reside in Massachusetts and who are enrolled in and pursuing a first bachelor degree in a program of higher education in any approved public or independent college, university, school of nursing or any other approved institution furnishing a program of higher education. Parents of dependent students must also reside in Massachusetts (if applicable). In addition to its full-time grant award, the state of Massachusetts also offers a part-time grant to students who are enrolled on a less than full-time basis. Visit the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance website to learn more about the Massachusetts Part-Time Grant.

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program
The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out of school time educators and providers who enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program in Early Childhood Education or related programs. Visit the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance website (opens in a new window) to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements.