Scholarships & Grants
There are many ways to fund your education at HCC. Institutional grants, access grants, talent grants, and scholarships are all money for your education that you don't have to pay back.
HCC Scholarships & Grants
Holyoke Community College Foundation Scholarships
Each year, the Holyoke Community College Foundation, a non-profit organization, disburses more than $160,000 in scholarship awards to HCC students. Applications are available on February 1, and are posted online. Applicants are considered for all scholarships; the foundation scholarship committee reviews the applications and decides which scholarship best suits each applicant. To apply or learn more about the different scholarships HCC offers, visit the foundation scholarship page.
These grants are normally limited to direct educational costs, including tuition, fees, and books.
HCC Educational Access Grant
Awards normally range from $150 to $300.
This grant is for students who show exceptional talent and are expected to enrich and enhance the life of the college. Limited to students carrying at least six hours per term and with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Selection is based on nomination by faculty and staff.
Awarded by the Scholarships and Awards Committee to needy students who have successfully completed at least 12 semester hours at HCC. View application information.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Grants
Awards range from $400 to $900 per year, depending on need. To be eligible, the FAFSA must be completed by May 1. This grant is for full-time students only. Students with BA degrees or higher are not eligible.
Financial Aid Tuition Waiver
Tuition waivers reduce tuition charges and can be up to the full amount of in-state tuition. The waiver is for resident tuition only. Students with BA degrees or higher are not eligible.
Awards cannot exceed tuition and fees. Students with BA degrees or higher are not eligible.
Part-time Student Grant
Awards range from $200 to $400 per year. This award is limited to eligible students with expected family contributions in the Pell Grant ranges who enroll for 6-11 semester hours per term. Students with BA degrees or higher are not eligible.
Note: Links to sources of financial aid from other states can be found here.
Pell awards for 2016-17 range from $5,815 a year for full-time (12 credits or more); $4,361 for three-quarter time (9-11 credits) ; $2,908 for half-time (6-8 credits); and $1,454 for less than half-time (1-5 credits). Students with BA degrees or higher are not eligible. Pell Grants are restricted to a lifetime limit of 12 full-time semesters.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
These grants normally do not exceed $200 per year at HCC. Preference is given to students who are enrolled at least half-time (six credits or more) and are eligible for Pell Grants, with $0 expected family contribution. Students with BA degrees or higher are not eligible.