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There is a huge array of scholarships available to students. They may be available from UMass Amherst itself, your state, your town, organizations that you volunteer with, and many other sources. You just have to seek them out.

All undergraduate students who have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form will be considered for numerous endowed and corporate-sponsored scholarships. Financial need may not be the only consideration for individual scholarships—grades, class standing, academic major, residency and other factors may also be taken into account.

Our Financial Aid Services office has a list of scholarship links available for you to use as a starting point.

Additional Scholarships for Entering Students

Chancellor’s Talent Award

UMass Amherst offers tuition credit to admitted freshmen who present especially strong art portfolios or who present strong performances in music or dance auditions. These scholarships may not be combined with other tuition credits.

Scholarship application: None required
Notification: Academic department notification occurs after audition or portfolio review
UMass Amherst GPA requirement: 2.5 or higher

Other Massachusetts Department of Secondary Education Programs

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/adams.html

This program is administered by the Massachusetts Board of Education for students who are graduating from Massachusetts high schools. In order to receive this scholarship and apply it to the cost of attending UMass Amherst, students must submit a copy of their scholarship letter to the UMass Amherst Financial Aid Office and must also have filed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.

Criteria to qualify as a candidate for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship can be found on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education web site

This scholarship is a tuition credit. It does not cover fees, room, or board expenses. Students may not use more than one tuition credit toward their cost of attendance. The tuition credit will be extended for a total of eight consecutive semesters, as long as the student is enrolled in 12 or more semester credits and maintains a 3.0 or higher overall GPA.

For additional information call 781-338-3625 or send an e-mail to mcas@doe.mass.edu.

The Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Award

www.osfa.mass.edu/default.asp?page=koplikWaiver

This program is administered by the Massachusetts Board of Education. In order to receive this award and apply it to the cost of attending UMass Amherst, students must complete an application form, which is available from high school guidance counselors. They must also submit a copy of their award certificate to the UMass Amherst Financial Aid Office and must also have filed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.

Criteria to qualify as a Candidate for the Koplik Certificate of Mastery Tuition Credit Program can be found on the Massachusetts Department of Higher Ed Web site.

This award is a tuition credit. It does not cover fees, room, or board expenses. Students may not use more than one tuition credit towards their cost of attendance. The tuition credit will be extended for a total of eight consecutive semesters, as long as the student is enrolled in 12 or more semester credits and maintains a 3.3 or higher GPA each semester.

For additional information call 781-338-6252 or send an e-mail to rsalus@doe.mass.edu.