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General Information

Name Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant Program
Number of Awards
Award Value $250 - $6,500
Award Type Need-Based Scholarship
Accept Applications
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Contact Information

Contact Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance
454 Broadway
Suite 200
Revere, Massachusetts 02151
Phone (617)727-9420

Scholarship Description

The Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant Program was established by the Legislature for the purpose of providing financial assistance to Massachusetts residents who are currently employed as paraprofessionals in Massachusetts public schools, but wish to become certified as full time teachers. This grant is designed to help reduce financial barriers that often become obstacles for many paraprofessionals in attaining higher education. The program is also an attempt to help address the Commonwealth's current teacher shortage. Financial need is not a requirement for the Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant. However, recipients must annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Who Is Eligible?
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