The Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction provides a credit toward tuition at Massachusetts public colleges and universities.
Comparison of Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction Award and the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
2021 Update for Students:
2021 applications are currently in process. We anticipate sending the letters and certificates to High School Koplik Coordinators via email on or before 8/23/2021. Please be advised that this is a new process.
Anything submitted to DESE by the high school's Koplik coordinator before 7/30/2021 will go out immediately, anything submitted after 7/30/2021 will go out approximately a week later.
In the meantime, you can inform your MA public college/university that you are waiting for the Koplik Certificate and they will credit your account when it arrives (this is an extremely common practice for them/us).
To be eligible to apply for a Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Award, a student must:
Because of the transition to the next-generation MCAS tests, there are currently different requirements for initial qualification, depending on the student's original class, as shown in the table below. Requirements for the classes of 2021 and 2022 reflect an interim standard for ELA and Mathematics defining a level of achievement on the new tests that is similar to the standard on the legacy tests. Information on future classes will be provided at a later time.
Recipients of the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction are eligible for an award of a non-need-based tuition credit for state-supported undergraduate courses. Individual student awards shall be no more than the resident undergraduate tuition rate at the participating institution. For updated information on current tuition rates at Massachusetts Public Colleges and Universities, please visit Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's Koplik Certificate of Mastery Tuition Credit — Current and Recent Value.
The tuition credit must be used in the September following high school graduation and is valid for eight consecutive semesters provided the student maintains a G.P.A. of 3.3 for continued eligibility. If the G.P.A. falls below the 3.3, then the student loses the credit.
Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to use the tuition credit portion of the Certificate.
Students must meet eligibility requirements and submit the application to the Koplik Coordinator at their school by July 1, 2021.
Students who meet the initial qualifications are notified in their Junior year by letter to the students' parents or guardians. The letter includes a Koplik application form. The letter, in combination with the application form, explains the remaining requirements should the student wish to pursue them.
* Every public high school, regional high school, regional vocational technical high school and public charter high school is asked to assign a person to serve as the Koplik coordinator. The Koplik coordinator is responsible for:
All applications and supporting documentation should be submitted directly to the school's Koplik Coordinator; please do not send copies to DESE.
For any questions you may have regarding the Koplik Certificate of Mastery, please contact Alexia.J.Cribbs@mass.gov.
Last Updated: August 16, 2021
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