Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Massachusetts College of Art and DesignImage via Wikipedia"The Categorical Tuition Waivers are a component of the Single Tuition Waiver Program and have the same purpose of maintaining access to the Commonwealth's public colleges and universities. The Categorical Tuition Waivers are designed to provide financial support to individuals who might not have the opportunity to achieve higher education, without such assistance.

Who is eligible?
To be eligible for a Categorical Tuition Waiver, a student must:

Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the opening of the academic year.
Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.
Be in compliance with applicable Selective Service Registration laws.
Not be in default of any federal or state loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid.
A member of an eligible category as defined below:
Veteran: As provided in M.G.L. Chapter 4, Section 7(43) including: Spanish War, World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Lebanese peace keeping force, Grenada rescue mission, the Panamanian intervention force, or the Persian Gulf.
For purposes of tuition waivers, the term "veteran" shall also include any individual who served in the army, navy, marine corps, coast guard or air force of the United States for not less than ninety days at least one of which was served in the theatre of operation for the Somalian mission known as "Operation Restore Hope" and whose last discharge or release was under honorable conditions.
Native American: As certified by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Senior Citizen: Persons over the age of 60.
Armed Forces: An active member of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force or Coast Guard) stationed and residing in Massachusetts.
Clients of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission or Commission for the Blind: As certified by the respective commission.
If it deems necessary, the institution, consistent with its mission and subject to the Board of Higher Education's approval as of September 1, 1991, may establish additional waivers for specific categories of students.
In accordance with institutional requirements, each student must present documentation of categorical waiver eligibility to the appropriate college officials.
Enroll in at least three undergraduate credits per semester in state supported undergraduate degree or certificate program.
Maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with federal and institutional standards. "

This except and the rest of this information can be found here.
The general laws or statute for Massachusetts concerning tuition waivers can be found here.

This is a list of the colleges and universities in Massachusetts.

Bridgewater State University - http://www.bridgew.edu/
Contact Info: 508.531.1000
Tuition waiver information for this institution.

Framingham State University - http://www.framingham.edu/index.html
Contact Info: 508.626.4550
Tuition waiver information at this institution.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design - http://www.massart.edu/
Contact Info: 617.879.7222
Tuition waiver information at this institution.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts - http://www.mcla.mass.edu/
Contact Info: 413.662.5000

Massachusetts Maritime Academy - http://www.maritime.edu/
Contact Info: 508.830.5000

Salem State University - http://www.salemstate.edu/
Contact Info: 978.542.6112
Tuition waiver information at this institution.

Quincy College - http://www.quincycollege.edu/
Contact Info: 617.984.1620

University of Massachusetts Amherst - http://umass.edu/
Contact Info: 413.545.0801
Tuition waiver information at this institution.

University of Massachusetts Boston - http://umb.edu/
Contact Info: 617.287.5000
Tuition waiver information at this institution.
* University College Unit at University of Massachusetts Boston does not have senior citizens waivers.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - http://www.umassd.edu/
Contact Info: 508.999.8857
Tuition waiver information at this institution.

University of Massachusetts Lowell - http://www.uml.edu/
Contact Info: 978.934.3570
Tution waiver information at this institution.

University of Massachusetts Medical School - http://www.umassmed.edu/index.aspx
Contact Info: 508.856.5801
Tuition waiver information at this institution.

Westfield State University - http://www.wsc.ma.edu/
Contact Info: 413.572.5218
Tuition waiver information at this institution.

Worcester State University - http://www.worcester.edu/default.aspx
Contact Info: 508.929.8000

This is a list of the community colleges in Massachusetts

Berkshire Community College - http://www.berkshirecc.edu/
Contact Info: 413.236.1644
Tuition waiver information at this institution on page 7.

Bristol Community College - http://bristolcc.edu/
Contact Info: 508.678.2811 ext. 2160
Tuition waiver information at this institution.

Cape Cod Community College - http://www.capecod.edu/web/guest
Contact Info: 877.846.3672
Tuition waiver information for this institution.

Greenfield Community College - http://www.gcc.mass.edu/
Contact Info: 413.775.1801
Tuition waiver information for this institution.

Holyoke Community College - http://www.hcc.edu/
Contact Info: 413.538.7000
Tuition waiver information found under Tuition and Fees section.

Massachusetts Bay Community College - http://www.massbay.edu/
Contact Info:  781.239.3000
General tuition waiver information at this institution.

Massasoit Community College - http://www.massasoit.mass.edu/
Contact Info: 508.588.9100
Tuition waiver information at this institution.

Middlesex Community College - http://www.middlesex.mass.edu/Default.htm
Contact Info:  Bedford Campus 781.280.3645  Lowell Campus 978.656.3291
Tuition waiver information for this institution.  Forms to fill out.

Mount Wachusett Community College - http://www.mwcc.mass.edu/current/default.html
Contact Info: 978.630.9270
Tuition waiver information at this institution.

Northshore Community College - http://community.northshore.edu/
Contact Info: Danvers 978.762.4000  Lynn 781.477.2107  Beverly 978.236.1200
* Senior Citizen tuition information is on a PDF for download.

Northern Essex Community College - http://www.necc.mass.edu/
Contact Info: 978.556.3000
Tuition waiver information at this institution.

Quinsigamond Community College - http://www.qcc.edu/
Contact Info: 508.853.2300

Roxbury Community College - http://www.rcc.mass.edu/
Contact Info:  617.427.0060
Tuition waiver information at this institution.

Springfield Technical Community College - http://www.stcc.edu/
Contact Info:413.755.4214
Tuition waiver information at this institution.
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  1. Massachusetts now shafts its senior citizens and veterans by virtue of having shifted all significant costs to the FEEs category. They do waiver TUITION which is now a small fraction of the total costs. Sennior citizens and veterans now get a pittance in aid from the UMass system. Shame on them!

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