Affordability is a key part of the UMass mission to ensure that all deserving students, regardless of background, have access to a world-class education. Students can apply for scholarships at the time of admission or later in their academic careers. Scholarships at UMass are awarded based on a student's merit, financial need, or both.

Types of Scholarships

Merit-based awards

  • Awards that are determined at the time of the student's acceptance. If a student continues to meet the eligibility criteria, awards could be renewed for up to 8 semesters of undergraduate enrollment.

Need-based awards

  • Awards that are granted based on financial information students provide at the time of their admission but may also be granted if a student's financial situation changes.

Nationally competitive scholarships

  • Awards that are available to help support students seeking additional opportunities. These include study abroad, research, internships, and graduate school.

Each campus has its own dedicated offices and staff to help students in applying for scholarships. Information on nationally competitive scholarships can be obtained here. Additionally, the University of Massachusetts Foundation offers scholarships that can be learned about here.

UMass Amherst

General information about UMass Amherst scholarships and a searchable scholarship base is available on the Financial Aid Services website. Information on nationally competitive scholarships is available from the Office of National Scholarship Advisement.

UMass Boston

Students are automatically considered for merit scholarship aid based on their admissions application. 

General information about UMass Boston Scholarships is available on the Financial Aid Services website. Current students can visit the One Stop for updated scholarship information. Nationally competitive scholarships are listed on the Academic Study website.

UMass Dartmouth

Individual scholarship descriptions contain specific eligibility criteria. Review all scholarships to take advantage of each available opportunity. The Financial Aid Services website lists all scholarships available to new and continuing students as well as scholarships available by discipline. Nationally competitive scholarships can be found under National Scholarships and External Research Funds.

UMass Lowell

Scholarships are gift aid offered to students that do not need to be repaid. Most scholarships are awarded to students based on merit, financial need or both.

The Solution Center students with information on financial aid as well as other financial resources to assist in planning. The Office of National Scholarships lists major nationally competitive scholarships.

UMass Medical School

There are state and federal scholarship programs available.

Some financial aid is available to UMass Medical students including loan repayment programs. Students interested in other opportunities should contact the Office of Student Affairs.