Financial Aid Programs
Federal Pell Grant
The Pell Grant is need-based aid. These funds are authorized by the U. S. Department of Education and awarded by the College.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG is need-based aid. These funds are authorized by the U. S. Department of Education and awarded by the College
The MASSGrant is a need-based grant for full-time students. These funds are awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Massachusetts Tuition Waiver
This need-based waiver is awarded to eligible Massachusetts residents enrolled in state-supported classes based on registration at the time the funds are awarded. Eligible classes have a section number beginning with "A." If your class section designation changes and is no longer an "A" section class, this waiver cannot be applied and usually cannot be replaced with other funds. The MA Tuition Waiver will be canceled if you have another state waiver (Adams Scholarship, Mass Rehab, Foster, Veteran, etc).
John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
Send a copy of your award letter to the Financial Aid Office – be sure to keep your original letter. To receive these funds, you need to complete the FAFSA and maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.0 GPA in all college coursework. Twelve credits or more is considered a full-time semester. At Bristol, the scholarship is valued at $24 per credit or a minimum of $288 per semester. This program is administered by the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance. There is a two year limit to this scholarship at a community college.
Massachusetts Cash Grant
This is a need-based cash grant program authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Education and awarded by the College.
Massachusetts Part-Time Grant
This is a need-based grant authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Education and awarded by the College to students enrolled part-time (six to eleven credits).
Massachusetts Paraprofessional Teacher Prep Grant
This grant is awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Other Massachusetts Grants and Waivers
A full listing of state grants, scholarships, and waivers is available on the Massachusetts Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance website.
Bristol Presidential Scholarship
This is a merit scholarship for high-achieving students entering from high school. Students can apply through their high school guidance office or contact Transfer Services. This scholarship is for one year only and recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA to receive the second semester payment. Application deadline is in May.
Bristol participates in Federal Direct Loans. These are loans funds and must be repaid. This includes Stafford Subsidized, Stafford Unsubsidized, and Parent loans (PLUS). Students/parents interested in loan opportunities should begin the application process with the school, not the lender.
Part-time job opportunities are available through the Federal Work Study (FWS) and Student Employment (SEP) Programs. FWS is authorized by the U. S. Department of Education and awarded by the College. SEP is funded and awarded by the College. Students participating in the program normally work 8 – 10 hours per week and the work schedule is designed to meet the needs of the student and supervisor. Positions are available at the three campus locations and off campus community service agencies. This is an employment program and funds are earned as wages; the wages are not applied to tuition and fee charges.
Bristol Foundation Scholarship
The Bristol Foundation and Alumni Association fund scholarships for students. The application is available online. These funds are awarded by the Bristol Foundation and the Foundation will notify recipients during the summer.
Categorical Tuition Waivers
These waivers are available for students who are veterans, active members of armed forces, Native Americans, senior citizens, or clients of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission or Commission for the Blind.