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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides a tuition credit for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. The scholarship covers tuition only; fees and room and board are not included. The scholarship must be used within six years of a student's high school graduation.

In order to be eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, Massachusetts public high school students must meet the eligibility criteria below.

For students in the classes of 2019 and 2020:

  • score at the Advanced performance level on one of the three high school MCAS tests in ELA, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering); and
  • score at the Proficient level or higher on the remaining two high school MCAS tests; and
  • have combined scores from the three MCAS tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.

For students in the classes of 2021 and 2022:

  • score at the Advanced performance level (or the next-generation MCAS equivalent) on one of the three high school MCAS tests in ELA, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering); and
  • score at the Proficient level (or the next-generation MCAS equivalent) or higher on the remaining two high school MCAS tests; and
  • have combined scores from the three MCAS tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.

Scholarship eligibility for students in the class of 2023 and beyond will be determined at a later date.

Scholarship eligibility is based on each student's first attempt at taking the spring grade 10 MCAS tests in ELA and Mathematics (and for students in the class of 2016 and beyond, eligibility is based on their first attempt at taking one of the four STE tests). In order to receive the scholarship, a student must be enrolled in a Massachusetts public high school in his or her senior year.

Students who qualify for the scholarship will receive award letters and further information in the fall of their senior year. The letter is important because students must provide a copy of it along with their completed FAFSA application each year. Without this letter, the college/university will not apply the tuition credit.

Students in charter schools and students who participate in school choice or METCO are eligible for the scholarship if they meet the eligibility requirements for either the school they attend or the district in which they reside.

In order to claim the Adams Scholarship, the student must

  • be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to entering college as a freshman;
  • United States Citizen or a non-citizen authorized by the federal government to live and work in the United States on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • be a graduate of a Massachusetts public high school;
  • be accepted at a Massachusetts public college or university;
  • complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • submit the Adams Scholarship award letter to the financial aid office; and
  • enroll as a full-time student.

To continue receiving the Adams Scholarship, a student must

  • be enrolled full-time at a public higher education institution;
  • maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on all college work; and
  • annually complete the FAFSA.

Eligible students who first enrolled in a private college or public university in another state may activate their Adams Scholarship upon transfer to a Massachusetts public college or university, provided they have previously maintained a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

For additional information, call 781-338-3625 or send an email to mcas@doe.mass.edu.

Massachusetts State Colleges and Universities that Accept the Adams Scholarship

Community Colleges

Berkshire Community College
Admissions: 413-236-1630
Financial Aid: 413-236-1640

Bristol Community College
Admissions: 508-678-2811 x. 2947
Financial Aid: 508-678-2811 x. 2515

Bunker Hill Community College
Admissions: 617-228-3398
Financial Aid: 617-228-2275

Cape Cod Community College
Admissions: 508-362-2131 x. 4311
Financial Aid: 508-362-2131 x. 4393

Greenfield Community College
Admissions: 413-775-1801
Financial Aid: 413-775-1109

Holyoke Community College
Admissions: 413-552-2321
Financial Aid: 413-552-2150

Massachusetts Bay Community College
Admissions: 781-239-2500
Financial Aid: 781-239-2600

Massasoit Community College
Admissions: 508-588-9100 x. 1411
Financial Aid: 508-588-9100 x. 1479

Middlesex Community College
Admissions: 978-656-3207
Financial Aid: 978-656-3242

Mount Wachusett Community College
Admissions: 978-630-9110
Financial Aid: 978-630-9169

North Shore Community College
Admissions: 978-762-4188
Financial Aid: 978-762-4189

Northern Essex Community College
Admissions: 978-556-3700
Financial Aid: 978-556-3650

Quinsigamond Community College
Admissions: 508-854-4262
Financial Aid: 508-854-4261

Roxbury Community College
Admissions: 617-541-5310
Financial Aid: 617-541-5322

Springfield Technical Community College
Admissions: 413-755-3333
Financial Aid: 413-755-4214

State Colleges and Universities

Bridgewater State University
Admissions: 508-531-1237
Financial Aid: 508-531-1341

Fitchburg State University
Admissions: 800-705-9692
Financial Aid: 978-665-3156

Framingham State University
Admissions: 508-626-4500
Financial Aid: 508-626-4534

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Admissions: 617-879-7222
Financial Aid: 617-879-7849

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Admissions: 413-662-5410
Financial Aid: 413-662-5219

Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Admissions: 800-544-3411
Financial Aid: 508-830-5087

Salem State University
Admissions: 978-542-6200
Financial Aid: 978- 542-6112

Westfield State University
Admissions: 413-572-5218
Financial Aid: 413-572-5218

Worcester State University
Admissions: 508-929-8040
Financial Aid: 508-929-8056



University of Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Admissions: 413-545-0222
Financial Aid: 413-545-0801

University of Massachusetts Boston
Admissions: 617-287-6100
Financial Aid: 617-287-6300

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Admissions: 508-999-8605
Financial Aid: 508-999-8843

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Admissions: 978-934-3931
Financial Aid: 978-934-4220



Last Updated: March 1, 2019
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