Office of Student Financial Services

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Senior citizen discount

Eligible senior citizens matriculated into MCLA in a qualifying undergraduate degree program who meet the requirements listed below are eligible for a tuition and fee waiver. Please note that this program is not eligible for graduate or certificate programs.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for the Senior Citizen Waiver, a student must:

  • Be 60 years of age or older.
  • 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.
  • Be in compliance with Selective Service Registration.
  • Not be in default of any federal or state Student Loans for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received.
  • Enroll in at least three undergraduate credits per semester in state-supported undergraduate degree or certificate program.
  • Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in accordance with institutional and federal standards.

Award Amounts

A student approved under the Senior Citizen Waiver will have their tuition and mandatory fees fully waived. Mandatory fees include the Campus Support Fee, Capital Improvement Fee, Technology Fee, Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, and Orientation Fee. Non-mandatory fees, such as Private Lessons, Student Health Insurance, or Parking Fines, are not waived under this program.

How to Apply

Students interested in the Senior Citizen Waiver must be accepted into MCLA and enroll in an degree program. You can apply online or contact the Office of Admissions 413-662-5410. A copy of the your valid Massachusetts driver's license or Massachusetts state ID card is required to prove your eligibility.

After you are accepted to MCLA through Admissions, you will need to complete a Student Affidavit Form each semester in order to receive your discount. Student Affidavit Forms are available in the Student Accounts Office upon request or can be requested online by emailing

If you have questions about this program, please contact Student Accounts at 413-662-5230.