Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant Program

*The following is a brief description for students. Institutions should refer to the most recent guidelines for information.

The Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant Program provides financial assistance to Massachusetts residents who are currently employed as paraprofessionals in Massachusetts public schools, but wish to become certified as full time teachers. This grant is designed to reduce their financial burden and help address the Commonwealth's current teacher shortage. Financial need is not a requirement for the Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant. However, recipients must annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible for a Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant, a student must:

1 See for more details.

2 Pursuant to Section 9 of Chapter 15A, as amended by Section 11 of Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2023.

Eligible Institutions

For the purposes of the Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant, an eligible institution is defined as a regionally accredited public or private, college or university in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that offers a teacher preparation program leading to licensure, approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE); or a two-year public college that has a signed articulation or joint admissions agreement with such an institution for a teacher preparation program.

Award Amounts

The grant award under this program will vary, depending on the type of institution and the students' enrollment status (full-time or part-time) as follows:

Institution Type Maximum Award Amounts
University of Massachusetts $625 per credit, maximum of $7,500 per academic year
Private College/University $625 per credit, maximum of $7,500 per academic year
State University $450 per credit, maximum of $6,000 per academic year
Community College $250 per credit, maximum of $4,000 per academic year

How to Apply

The 2024-25 Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant (PTPG) is currently delayed due to complications with the retrieval of FAFSA data. Students are encouraged to check back periodically for an update and make certain that they have completed the 2024-25 FAFSA.

Paraprofessionals interested in applying for the grant must complete the following:

The 2023-2024 Paraprofessional Grant application is now closed.

PDF Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant Program Guidelines