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Money for Four-Year Colleges

How can I get a scholarship to help me pay for college? Scholarships are obtained in a variety of ways. While some funding is available to students based on financial need, applying for scholarships and grants is a multi-step process. Finding scholarships involves doing research, achieving high grades, and being involved with your community. We have compiled these resources for you to begin your exploration.

Students can sign up to receive weekly Scholarship Newsletters, which provides a list of external scholarships compiled by Advising & LifeMap staff. When signing up, please use your Bunker Hill Community College email address.

Alpha Kappa Mu

To earn scholarships from four-year colleges, our first recommendation is to join Alpha Kappa Mu, the BHCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.  Membership qualifies students for transfer scholarships at colleges and universities throughout the country. See this list of participating colleges that offer scholarships to AKM members.

When students apply to a four-year college, they are generally considered for scholarships upon acceptance. However, some schools require a separate application. Use this list to see opportunities available to transfer students at colleges in Massachusetts.

Boston College Woods College of Advancing Studies - Osher Scholarship Program for Returning Adult Students
Ana Maria College - Heart Advantage Scholarship
Assumption College - Transfer Student Academic Scholarships
Babson College - George I. Alden Scholarship
Bentley University Academic & Transfer Scholarships
Boston University - BU Community Service Award for Transfer Students
Boston University - Bunker Hill Community College Scholarship
Boston University Metropolitan - Multiple scholarships for community college graduates
Cambridge College Scholarship Application
Clark University - Transfer Scholarships
Curry College Merit Scholarship for Transfer Students
Eastern Nazarene Transfer Scholarships & Grants
Emerson College Next Step Emerson Scholarship
MCPHS University - Boston Merit-Based Scholarships
Mount Holyoke College Frances Perkins Program (post-traditional students)
Northeastern University College of Professional Studies - Community College Scholarship
Salem State Grants and Scholarships
Simmons College - Boston Community College Scholarship
Simmons College - Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars Program & Simmons University Community College Excellence Scholarship (SUCCESS)
Smith College - Ada Comstock Scholars Program
Suffolk University - Massachusetts Community College Transfer Guarantee
UMASS Amherst Financial Aid Office Scholarships Search Board
UMASS Boston - Scholarships for Transfers
UMASS Dartmouth - Scholarships
UMASS Lowell - Incoming Transfer Scholarships
Wellesley College - Davis Degree Program
Wentworth Institute of Technology - Merit Scholarships
Western New England University - Transfer Scholarships

Below are programs that provide financial support to students in Massachusetts. To learn about other opportunities, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education: Office of Student Financial Assistance.


MassTransfer Tuition Credit MassTransfer is a program for community colleges and State Universities and UMASS Campuses in Massachusetts. Benefits are based on GPA which ranges from the guaranteed transfer of credits to tuition-based scholarship.
Commonwealth Commitment Commonwealth Commitment is a program in MassTransfer for students to enter before completing 15 credits at Bunker Hill. This program provides tuition scholarships, refunds on tuition and fees, and a freeze on tuition and fees. If you are interested in joining, View our Commonwealth Commitment page.
Tuition Free Community College Available to students who graduate from a Boston Public High School within one year of entering Bunker Hill. This program covers the cost of remaining tuition or mandatory fees after the Pell Grant has been applied plus $250 for other college expenses.
Boston Bridge Boston Bridge is a plan for students who are enrolled in the Tuition Free Community College plan and Commonwealth Commitment. Boston Bridge enables students to transfer to a four-year college and finish their bachelor's degree at no additional cost.
City of Boston Scholarship Fund "Through the Fund, [the City of Boston awards] new college-goers and continuing education students $2,500 per year to help pay for school."


It is important for students to conduct their own scholarship research as there are thousands of scholarships offered by independent providers. To get started, see the following search engines and organizations to begin your research.

Search Engines
JLV College Counseling
Affordable Colleges
Big Future


Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
New England Transfer Association
Achieving the Dream

Here you can find organizations that provide scholarships to international students for their continuing education and transferring to four-year colleges and universities.

Search EnginesDescription
College Board (collegeboard.org) Free online financial aid source for scholarships, grants, and loans for all college-bound students, including permanent residents and international students wishing to study in the United States.
FastWeb (fastweb.com) Free online scholarship search service.
International Education Financial Aid (iefa.org) Free online scholarship search service designed for international students.
International Scholarships (internationalscholarships.com) Free online scholarship database for international students wishing to study worldwide.
Mobility International USA (miusa.org) Free online scholarship resources for non–U.S. citizens with disabilities.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (unesco.org/new/en/fellowships/programmes/how-to-apply/) Free online searchable database for scholarships for international students.


CSS Profile

We also encourage you to create a CSS Profile if you plan to apply to four-year private institutions. For more information, see a step-by-step presentation of completing the Profile. Many colleges use the CSS Profile to determine how much non-Federal financial aid a student will be awarded. The Profile is used by over 200 colleges in the United States, including 30 in Massachusetts. This service is available to students who are in-state, out-of-state, international, undocumented or have DACA status.