Students applying for financial aid according to the procedures described above are considered for a wide variety of financial aid programs briefly described below. In addition, students may apply for a variety of scholarships through the HCC Foundation at www.hccscholarships.org. The college also awards a limited number of talent grants without requiring an application.
Federal Pell Grant
During 2017-18 Pell Grants ranged up to $ $5,920 a year for full-time, $4,440 for three-quarter time, $2,960 for half-time, and $1,480 for less than half-time enrollment. Recipients are restricted to a lifetime limit of 12 full-time semesters of awards. Undergraduate students only. FUNDING: U.S. Govt.
Awards at Massachusetts Community Colleges ranged up to $1,100 per year during 2017-18, depending on the need. Full-time undergraduate students only. FUNDING: State of Mass.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
Grants normally do not exceed $200 at HCC. Preference to Pell-eligible students with zero EFCs. Undergraduate students only. FUNDING: U.S. Govt.
HCC Financial Aid Need Based Tuition Waiver
Tuition Waivers reduce tuition charges and can range up to the full amount of in-state tuition. Undergraduate students only. FUNDING: State of Mass.
Mass Furcolo Access Grant
Awards cannot exceed tuition and fees. Undergraduate students only. FUNDING: State of Mass.
Part-Time Student Grant
Award offers range from $200 to $ $600. Limited to eligible students enrolling for 6 to 11 semester hours per term. Undergraduate students only. FUNDING: State of Mass.
Grants are normally limited to direct educational costs. Undergraduate students only. FUNDING: HCC.
HCC Educational Access Grant
Award offers generally range from $150 to $300. Undergraduate students only. FUNDING: HCC.
Federal Direct Stafford Loan
A low interest educational loan of up to $5,500 per year (no more than $3,500 can be subsidized) for freshmen and $6,500 per year (no more than $4,500 can be subsidized) for sophomores. (Independent students can borrow up to an additional $4,000 in unsubsidized loan, if needed). Repayment does not begin until six months after the borrower ceases at least half-time enrollment. If subsidized, interest is not charged until the borrower ceases to be at least a half-time student. If unsubsidized, interest accrues from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid-in-full. New borrowers on or after July 1, 2013 lose the loan subsidy when the student has received subsidized loans for 150% of the published time of the student’s academic program. FUNDING: US Govt.
Federal Direct Plus Loans
A loan for parents of dependent students. The maximum loan amount is the student’s cost of attendance (determined by the school) minus any other financial aid received. The loan enters repayment once the loan has been fully disbursed (paid out). The loan requires a credit check. FUNDING: U.S. Govt.
Federal Work Study (FWS)
FWS provides jobs for needy applicants. FWS awards typically allow students to work an average of 10 to 12 hours per week during the school year. Sometimes additional hours are available during the summer and other vacation periods, but rarely would total hours exceed 30 per week. Payroll is every two weeks. FUNDING: US Govt. & HCC.
Federal Work Study (Community Service)
Community service federal work study provides work opportunities that are designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. Students employed in community service positions work at public or nonprofit agencies that offer the following types of services: health care, child care, literacy training, tutoring, welfare, social services, public safety, crime prevention and control, disability services, elder care, recreation, community improvement and emergency preparedness and response. Students who are eligible for federal work study may apply for community service positions by contacting Erin Galster, OSDDS, DON 135, 413.552.2064, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.