Pell Grants provide funds to eligible students who demonstrate financial need. The award is based on need as well as number of credits enrolled per semester; Pell Grants do not have to be repaid.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are available to eligible students, and are funds that do not have to be repaid. Priority for SEOG is given to Pell Grant recipients. Funds are limited and priority is given to early applicants.
MassGrants are awarded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to eligible full-time students; they do not have to be repaid. Massachusetts part-time Grants are awarded by the Urban College to eligible students who complete at least 6 but fewer than 12 credit hours for the Fall and Spring terms; they do not have to be repaid.
The Urban College of Boston recognizes outstanding students for their accomplishments through a variety of scholarships and awards.
The Urban College of Boston Annual Faculty Recognition Award
This award is presented by the UCB faculty to an outstanding student who demonstrates high academic performance and who has exhibited significant progress in professional development.
Jill Alexander Award for Excellence
This award, named in honor of Ms. Jill Alexander – first Director of the Urban College Program -- was established to recognize students who emulate Ms. Alexander’s dedication, specifically in their ability to demonstrate leadership and overall commitment to the Urban College of Boston.
Vivienne S. Thomson Memorial Scholarship
Named in memory of Ms. Vivienne S. Thomson, founding trustee of the Urban College of Boston and a former President and long-time ABCD board member, this award recognizes those students whose lives have been significantly impacted by disabilities. This award was established to honor Ms. Thomson’s memory and her ability to inspire others to overcome obstacles in their lives.
Roberta L. Nourse Memorial Award
This award is named for Ms. Roberta L. Nourse, a long-time faculty and staff member of the Urban College of Boston. It recognizes students who exemplify the qualities Ms. Nourse valued, including perseverance, effort, and tenacity.
Robert M. Coard Scholarship
In 2002, the first Robert M. Coard Scholarship for Endicott College was awarded by Dr. Richard Wylie, President of Endicott College. Each year this full scholarship will enable one graduating UCB student to continue his/her undergraduate degree at Endicott College. The scholarship is renewable for two years if the recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA, and covers tuition, room, board, and books.
Moses and Hannah Malkin Scholarship
The Malkin Family Foundation established the Moses and Hannah Malkin Scholarship Fund in 2002. Through their generosity, 32 students have received additional financial assistance to continue their studies. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must satisfy requirements for other financial aid, and must have completed at least 36 semester credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.67.
U.S. Department of Education
Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance
National Student Loan Data System
Fastweb Scholarship Search
Student Gateway to the Government
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Social Security Administration
In order to continue to receive financial aid consideration, students must continue to make satisfactory progress towards a degree or certificate. Students are considered to be achieving academic progress if they complete at least 67% or more of the total number of credits that they have attempted at Urban College and are meeting the following minimum cumulative grade point average:>
Credits Attempted Cumulative Grade Point Average
Below 9 credits ........ 1.5
10-21 credits ............ 1.70
22-45 credits ............ 1.90
Above 46 credits ...... 2.00
Finally, you must successfully complete the credits required for your degree within 150% of the standard length of your academic major. For example, if you are majoring in an associate degree that requires 60 credits for completion, you must complete your degree requirements by the time you have attempted 90 credits or you would lose your financial aid eligibility.