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North Shore Promise Award

Eligibility Frequently Asked Questions



 

Q. Who can sign up for the North Shore Promise Award?

To qualify you must:

  • Must be a Massachusetts resident prior to September 1, 2016 to meet State residency requirements for a Mass Grant award.
  • Preference given to high school GPA of 2.7 at time of application or equivalent Accuplacer scores. GPAs of 2.3 - 2.69 will be considered.
  • File a 2017-18 FAFSA prior to May 1, 2017
  • Be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, as determined by the Federal Government and confirmed by NSCC, with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between $3,800 – $5,328
  • Enroll as a new student in at least 15 credits, in an eligible Commonwealth Commitment Pathway or an eligible NSCC program, for the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Early College students who are enrolling at NSCC as a first-time matriculating college student are eligible.
  • Be able to complete your degree at NSCC in 2.5 years or 5 continuous semesters (if you finish in 2 years, even better!)
  • Meet NSCC’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements throughout your enrollment in the North Shore Promise Award


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Q: How do I sign up?

To sign up, new students who are enrolling in the Fall 2017 semester should complete the North Shore Promise Award Application.

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Q: What NSCC programs and Commonwealth Commitment Pathways are eligible for the North Shore Promise Award?

Complete list of eligible NSCC programs

Commonwealth Commitment Pathways:
Biology
Chemistry
Liberal Studies
Psychology
Political Science
Economics
Early Childhood
Communication and Media
English
Physics
Math
Sociology
History
Criminal Justice
Computer Science


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Q: To be eligible you must be a new student, what does that really mean?

To be eligible, the Fall 2017 semester must be your first semester at any college or university. Early College program participants, who have not yet attended another college or university, are still considered new students and are welcome to apply for the North Shore Promise Award.

Students who are currently attending NSCC or those transferring to the College are not eligible to apply for the North Shore Promise Award.

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Q: Once I am accepted for the North Shore Promise Award, how do I maintain eligibility for the future semesters?

To maintain your status and continue to receive the North Shore Promise Award you must:

  • Re-apply once a year to confirm eligibility requirements.
  • Continue to file a FAFSA annually until you complete your program of study
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and remain on-track to complete your degree within the 2.5 year or 5 semester time frame.

The SAP policy factors into account GPA, class completion, and rate of progress toward your degree. They are meant to keep you on track for graduation.

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Q: Are current NSCC students or those transferring to NSCC eligible for the North Shore Promise Award?

No, not at this time, this is a pilot program. Only new students for the Fall of 2017 and Early College students who are enrolling at NSCC as a first-time matriculated college student are eligible.

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Q: What if I don’t have a calculated high school GPA or even a final high school transcript?

Interested students can take the Accuplacer tests, in the Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing, and the equivalent scores can be used to substitute for the 2.7 GPA requirement. GPAs of 2.3 - 2.69 will be considered.

Please keep in mind that there are other eligibility factors for the North Shore Promise Award:

  • Must be a Massachusetts resident prior to September 1, 2016 to meet State residency requirements for a Mass Grant award
  • Be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, as determined by the Federal Government and confirmed by NSCC, with an an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between $3,800 – $5,328

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Q: What if my final high school GPA is less than 2.7?

We are qualifying you based on the transcript you submit at the time you complete your NSCC Admission Application. Please provide an official high school transcript with your NSCC Admissions Application. Students whose final transcripts indicate a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher will be given preference. However, GPAs of 2.3 - 2.69 will also be considered. As mentioned above, you can also substitute this requirement by obtaining the equivalent placement scores on your Accuplacer tests.

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Q: Will I still be eligible for the North Shore Promise Award if I decide not to attend NSCC in the Fall of 2017?

No, this is a pilot program that is being offered to only the first 100 eligible new students who enroll at NSCC in the Fall of 2017. Only these first 100 students are guaranteed the North Shore Promise Award.

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