Admissions & Financial Aid

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Ali Taqi, Foster Furcolo Scholarship recipient, in Campus Center on 1st floor

"The scholarship made all the difference. I could afford to come here, and my credits transferred easily."

-Ali Taqi, recipient of the Foster Furcolo Scholarship

UMass Boston offers merit scholarships to qualified transfer students.

In addition to the Foster Furcolo Scholarship (see below), transfer students from Massachusetts are automatically considered for the Chancellor’s Scholarship (which fully covers tuition and fees); however, funds and available number of awards are limited.


Transfer Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is for up to $2,000 and is potentially renewable for a second year

In order to apply students must be beginning in the fall semester and complete the application form.

The deadline for the form is June 15th (late applications cannot be considered)

Application Form


The Foster Furcolo Scholarship Program


Awards two-year scholarships covering tuition and most mandatory fees to one graduate of each public community college in Massachusetts.

Established to honor Foster Furcolo, who served as governor of Massachusetts from 1957 to 1960. He was instrumental in the creation of the system of public community colleges in the Commonwealth .

Nomination Procedure

  • Each community college president may select one student for recommendation and submit a letter describing the nominee’s qualifications for the Furcolo Scholars to the Office for Merit-Based Scholarships.  The letter may come from the transfer and/or advising officer at each community college.
  • Contact the office of your community college president for consideration.
  • Final selection will be determined by UMass Boston. Not all nominees will be offered scholarships.


  • Must exemplify the success of the community college system in accomplishing the educational mission envisioned by Governor Furcolo
  • Earned an associate’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
  • A Massachusetts resident 
  • Must be a first time,  full-time student enrolling for fall semester immediately following graduation from the community college
  • Must graduate from your community college in the spring preceding fall entrance at UMass Boston
  • Not available to applicants from community colleges graduating in the winter term
  • Nominated students may not have attended UMass Boston in the past

Deadline: May 1st


The Osher Reentry Scholarship

Awarded to newly entering UMass Boston students who are returning to college after an interruption in study of five years. This five year timeframe need not be consecutive. Osher Reentry Scholars will receive up to a $5,000.00 per year scholarship. The scholarship is potentially renewable.


  • Resuming college after a gap of approximately five years. This gap need not be consecutive. You may have stopped in and out of school, but should have a total of five years away from higher education and be eager to complete your degree at UMass Boston now.
  • Completing a first bachelor's degree
  • Looking forward to a significant number of years in the workforce after graduation

To Apply

  • Fill out a paper application
  • Send the application to the Office for Merit-Based Scholarships (Campus Center, 4th floor) 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125 or scan and email it to


December 1st, 2016 for students entering in spring 2017
August 1st, 2017 for students entering in fall 2017


Massachusetts Advantage Plus Program (MAPP)

Eligible MassTransfer students receive a tuition credit, up to $1,714, when they enroll at UMass Boston. The scholarship is renewable for up to four semesters.


  • Completed an Associate's Degree at an approved Massachusetts Community College
  • Achieved a GPA of 3.0
  • Enrolled at UMass Boston within one year of completion of Associate's Degree

For more information visit the MassTransfer website.