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The state’s 15 community colleges and the University of Massachusetts are excited to offer the UMass Community College Advantage Scholarship (CCAS).

The CCAS is designed to incentivize highly talented community college students to finish their associate degree and then complete their bachelor’s degree at one of the four undergraduate UMass campuses. The CCAS hopes to retain diverse talent in Massachusetts while offering community college students the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree with guaranteed financial support.LOGO: University of Massachusetts

The community colleges and University of Massachusetts will begin offering the CCAS scholarship for the Fall 2024 semester.

The CCAS Award

Guarantees students in the top 10% of their community college graduating class automatic admission to the University of Massachusetts and a minimum $2,500 per semester ($5,000 annually) for a total of at least $10,000 for the students’ final two years of college, awarded at the university’s discretion.

Students remain eligible for additional aid based on individual circumstances.

The CCAS is designed to supplement federal and private grants awarded to the student.

Fall 2024 Eligibility

To be eligible for the CCAS, students must:

  • Complete their degree in the top 10% of their graduating class at their community college, which will be calculated as of the end of the semester prior to the UMass financial aid priority deadline. Students applying for Fall admission must have been in the top 10% of their class as of the end of the Fall 2023 semester.
  • Complete the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or equivalent state financial aid application.
  • Be eligible for in-state tuition.
  • Have earned 45+ credits that are transferable to UMass.
  • Be on track to complete their associate degree prior to the Fall 2024 semester.

How Can I Apply?

Northern Essex staff will review student records for eligibility. When criteria are met, we’ll contact students to let them know how to move forward.

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