Massachusetts Bay Community College is offering more than $100,000 in scholarship money for students enrolling in the spring semester, according to campus officials.
Spring classes begin on Jan. 21.
“Maintaining our affordability is a key component of our strategic vision for the college,” said Mary Shia, assistant vice president for institutional advancement and alumni relations. “We recognize that our students struggle with the cost of higher education, and at a time when attaining that degree is so crucial to their career success, we want to do everything we can to help them achieve their dreams.”
MassBay is offering the funds through 19 different scholarships and grants that are available to more than 100 students, officials said.
The college is offering traditional scholarships to academic achievers, athletes, and for musicians and artists.
MassBay officials are also offering new scholarships for single parents, students who show significant academic improvement, and for veterans needing support services. There are also two scholarships for students enrolled in the college’s new cyber security certificate program.
About $25,000 has also been set aside for an emergency grant, which provides up to $1,000 to students who endure unforeseen expenses like vehicle repairs, a raise in rent, or childcare needs that might otherwise cause them to drop out of school.
“We recognize the uniqueness of the community college student, and we respond with grants and scholarships that will help them the most,” said the school's foundation board chair Michelle Drolet.
Courses usually cost $174 per credit, making the typical three-credit course cost $522. A full course load is usually 12 credits, or $2,088 per semester, according to college representatives.
A full list of scholarships and their requirements can be found on the college's website.
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