• 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