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Take Advantage of Scholarships to Help You Succeed

If you are working hard to successfully complete your NECC coursework, but are struggling to stay in school because of the cost, you could be eligible for a Retention Scholarship.

Retention Scholarships provide free funds that you can use for educational expenses including:

Retention Scholarship is now Open online for Spring 2020.

We are still accepting applications for the Fall 2019 semester; however, the online application process is now closed.  Please contact Student Financial Services for a paper application at or call 978-556-3700 with any questions if you have a Fall 2019 unpaid balance.

Retention Scholarship Eligibility

To qualify for a Retention Scholarship you must:

  • Be enrolled in a degree and/or certificate program and be registered for classes in the fall semester
  • Be making satisfactory progress towards a degree or program
  • Have an Academic Plan in Degree Works or be working with an advisor to develop a plan that will lead to timely graduation so you can pursue a career or transfer to a four-year program
  • Complete the FAFSA and submit any additional financial aid documentation requested by NECC to determine your financial need
  • Complete the Retention Scholarship Application

These Scholarships Are Awarded Based on Available Funds, and to Those Who Apply First

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received and Retention Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis each semester. You must reapply to qualify for the scholarship in subsequent semesters even if you received a Retention Scholarship previously. Students cannot receive refunds from the Retention Scholarship.  

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