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Waivers/Tuition Credits

Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) Waiver

Eligible students, who meet the University Health Services (UHS) SHBP Waiver Guidelines, may waive the University's Student Health Benefit (insurance) Plan online through CHP (Consolidated Health Plans). Waivers must be completed before the end of the add/drop period. 

The deadline to waive the Student Health Benefit Plan is September 18, 2017.

How to Waive Your SHBP

  • Click on the Health Insurance Waiver link on the bottom right sidebar on www.spire.umass.edu.
  • That links brings you to the Consolidated Health Plan (CHP) UMass Waiver page.
  • On the CHP page, select waive under the Enroll/Waive option.  Follow the online instructions.
  • A confirmation e-mail is sent within minutes of successfully completing the waiver request.
  • Print and save this email as proof of your waiver.
  • Contact Consolidated Health Plans customer service (800) 633-7867 if you do not receive a confirmation email.

Ferpa Privacy Waiver

Students complete the FERPA Privacy Waiver form online in SPIRE. This waiver allows students to permit the sharing of some non-academic information with specified designees. Academic records are not included in this waiver. The FERPA Privacy Waiver is applicable only to Financial Aid, Office of the Bursar, and Residential Life (Housing) Services information. How to complete the FERPA Privacy Waiver.

Other Waiver Forms

  • Tuition Credits For Veterans and Active Duty Students, UMass Amherst Employees, State of Massachusetts Employees and GEO (Graduate Employee Organization) Insurance Reduction.
  • Senior Citizen Tuition Credit Affidavit - The Senior Citizen Tuition Credit Affidavit credits up to $857.00 toward tuition per semester for students enrolled in an undergraduate program and up to $1320.00 for students enrolled in a graduate...
  • VA Form 22-1990 - This form, VA Form 22-1990 Application for Veteran Benefits, is also available online at U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs Forms.
  • Yellow Ribbon Program Application - The Yellow Ribbon Application is for those eligible for Post 911 at 100%.  The Yellow Ribbon Benefit provides 100% coverage of tuition and mandatory fees for out of state students.  This application...