Early Childhood Education Scholarships

The ECE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out-of-school time educators and providers who enroll in a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree program in the Early Childhood Education or After School/Out-of-School Time field.

Learn how to apply in the next online info session, April 26, 7 PM

The annual application period began April 1, 2023. Join the next session to learn more about the Early Childhood Scholarship. The session will go over eligibility, how to apply, and conclude with a Q&A. Click here to reserve a spot in the April 26 info session. 

Who is eligible?

You must be a working ECE educator and reside in Massachusetts. Other eligibility requirements can be found on the mass.gov website.

Which majors apply?

  • Supported degrees include Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Family Studies, Child Care Administration, or fields that directly name early child development and its specific areas of inquiry.
  • Eligible graduate/master’s programs include these same categories as well as Early Childhood Research, Policy, and Practice; Education Entrepreneurship; and Learning Sciences.

What are the award amounts?

Institution Type Award Per Credit Max. Per Semester (9 credits)
Public University $500 $4,500
Private College/University $500 $4,500
State College $400 $3,600
Community College $250 $2,250

Apply online at Mass.gov

Visit the website to begin your application. You must have completed a FAFSA application for federal financial aid 72 hours prior to applying for the ECE scholarship.