Grants: Undergraduate Students

A grant is a type of aid that does not need to be repaid. Below is a description of the types of grants that may be offered as part of a financial aid award. Your eligibility for each type of aid was determined during the awarding process, and you were only awarded aid you were eligible to receive. 

Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant is a need-based federal grant awarded to students with exceptional financial need. The U.S. Department of Education determines Pell Grant eligibility based on the information provided on the FAFSA. A Pell Grant is credited to your bill each semester.

Federal SEOG Grants

A Federal SEOG Grant is a need-based federal grant awarded to students with exceptional financial need. Tufts awards the SEOG to Pell Grant recipients using available funds from the U.S. Department of Education. An SEOG Grant is credited to your bill each semester.

Tufts Grants

A Tufts Grant is a need-based institutional grant awarded by Tufts. It is credited to your bill each semester.

Outside Scholarships

Outside aid reported in your aid application will appear on your award letter even though it is not aid from Tufts. An outside scholarship can work to your advantage by significantly reducing your debt or work responsibility. That’s why we strongly encourage you to apply for any outside aid for which you may qualify.

If you receive outside scholarships, or if your outside aid award differs from the amount estimated on your Tufts financial aid award, you must notify the aid office. Please note that tuition benefits from an employer and ROTC benefits are treated as outside scholarships.

In compliance with federal regulations and institutional policy, Tufts may reduce your aid award if you receive outside aid after we have met your full need. Please visit our Outside Aid page for a detailed description.

If your outside scholarship payment will arrive after the bill due date, you must submit documentation from the scholarship organization to have a pending credit placed on your bill. This credit may be added only if the organization will send their payment directly to Tufts.

In addition to the commonly awarded grants outlined above, here are some other sources of funding that some students may be eligible to receive. Please note that the source organization determines student eligibility, and the awards are treated as outside aid.

Awards
Source
Eligibility
Comments
Grants
Tufts National Merit Tufts National Merit Finalists Non-need based awards up to $500; Need based awards up to $2,000.
GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program Federal Eligible U.S. Veterans $5000 Tufts grant matched by $5000 from the federal Yellow Ribbon Program.
ROTC - Army, Air, Force, Navy Federal UG; Chosen by Army, Air Force, or Navy Cross register at MIT. Four-year tuition scholarships available as well as partial scholarships.
Mass. Grants & Gilbert Grants Commonwealth of Mass. UG; Massachusetts residents; Financial need; Meet state deadlines UG only. Awards from $400- $17,00/yr.

Gilbert average is $1,313.

Other State Scholarships Various States UG; Financial need; Meet state deadlines Residents of CT, PA, RI, VT may be eligible