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).
To be eligible for a Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant, a student must: be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the opening of the academic year; be a U.S. Citizen or non-citizen eligible under Title IV regulations; complete a FAFSA; not be in default of any student loans; have not yet earned a bachelor's degree or equivalent; enroll in an undergraduate degree program at a Massachusetts college or university; be employed, for a minimum of two years, as a paraprofessional in a Massachusetts public school (if employed less than two years as a paraprofessional, a student may qualify for the grant only if the undergraduate course of study will lead to teacher certification in high-need disciplines); maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with institutional standards; and must sign a Terms and Conditions Statement requiring the student to serve as a full-time teacher in a Massachusetts public school.