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Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid assists students who, without financial assistance, would be unable to attend college.

Last year alone, we awarded $43 million in financial aid to our students through the following:

  • Merit-based: Awarded to new students through the admissions application process
  • Need-based: Awarded to new and returning students through the financial aid application process—including scholarships, loans, grants, and work study assistance

Our commitment to making a Fitchburg State education affordable is evident in our annual cost—among the lowest in the state university system at $20,713 for full-time residential students.

Value by the Numbers

Demonstrated by our most recent financial aid statistics for our entering class (2018):

  • All admitted students who demonstrated financial need and met application deadlines received an offer of financial assistance.
  • The average financial aid package for students living on campus from Massachusetts is $14,717 (from all funding sources).
  • 91% of the class received financial assistance.

And from our graduates:

  • ​The average student loan debt for those in the class of 2016 is well below the national average at $26,684. This equates to $277 per month in standard repayment.
  • The average graduate’s income is $41,900

Commitment to Affordability 

  • Our investment in you. With a $15 million endowment from alumni and the foundation, both need- and merit-based awards help to offset the actual cost of your education.
  • A realistic budget. We base your eligibility for our financial aid on the total cost of attendance not just direct costs, so that you’ll have a more realistic budget and financial-aid package.
  • Honoring outside awards. We do not reduce our institutional scholarship or grant award to those receiving outside scholarships or grants unless the student's total gift aid exceeds charges for tuition, fees, room and board.
  • Access to distinctive opportunities. To aid our students in making their dreams of study abroad possible, financial aid is portable to approved abroad programs. Students may also benefit from college funding for internships throughout the academic year.

2019-2020 FAFSA is open and will use your 2017 income information.