Policies and Forms

Enrollment Policies

Cancellations before May 1 will forfeit the initial tuition deposit.

Cancellations after May 1 will incur an additional $500 cancellation fee, but will return the remaining balance paid.

No tuition refunds after June 1.

No refunds in the event of early departure.

Separate cancellation fees apply for academic credit.

Enrollment Forms and Deadlines

Participants must electronically sign and/or mail all required enrollment forms so that original copies are received by the Registration office no later than June 15. The enrollment forms will be sent to the parent/guardian and participant email addresses on file.   

Mail completed health and housing forms to:

Juniper Summer Writing Institute c/o University Conference Services
810 Campus Center
1 Campus Center Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

UMass Residence Hall Key & Card Deposit

Attendees will be required to provide the Registration Office with a completed credit card authorization form. This credit card authorization form will be kept securely on file for the duration of your stay and will only be charged in the event of a lost/damaged residence hall room key, a lost/damaged residence hall access card, and/or any residence hall damages. Attendees will be charged $50.00 per key for a lost or damaged room key and $20.00 per card for a lost or damaged access card. All residence hall keys and cards must be returned to the desk clerk at check-out and will not be accepted after your departure from the University.

Once completed, this form may be returned via fax (413-577-8130), mail (Conference Services, 810 Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA 01003), or completed with the Registration Office by phone (413-577-8102). Please do not submit this form my any other method: we do not accept credit card information by email or from a third party that is not the cardholder or an authorized purchaser. Download the residence hall credit card authorization form.

Academic Credit Registration & Cancellation Policies

To earn three academic credits toward a University degree, participants must fulfill the following criteria:

1) fully participate in all Institute activities (e.g. attending readings, craft sessions, and workshops).

2) read at least four books by Institute faculty or writers in residence, and submit a five-page response paper.

For those of you who would like to receive credit, please review the information below, which contains deadlines and detailed instructions for registration.

  • Select to add "academic credit" to your cart via the online enrollment page and pay the non-refundable $55.00 credit registration fee by May 1, 2018

  • Email the Juniper Institute of Young Writers ( the last six digits of your social security number by May 1, 2018

  • Email or fax the enrollment paperwork you receive from UMass CPE directly back to their office by June 1, 2018 (, 413-545-0513)

  • Read 4 of the prose or 10 of the poetry books on our Academic Credit Book List and submit a five-page response paper that discusses at least three of the prose or all of the poetry books. Papers must be submitted via email attachment to the Juniper Institute for Young Writers ( by Monday, July 30, 2018.

  • Pay the UMass Amherst Bursar's Office $347.00 ($300.00 for 3 credits and a $47.00 administrative fee). You will receive a bill directly from the Bursar's Office.

If you choose to withdraw after registering for academic credits, you will still be required to pay the $55.00 credit registration fee to the Juniper Institute for Young Writers and the $45.00 administrative fee to UMass Continuing and Professional Education (billed by the Bursar's Office). The last day to withdraw from the course without a grade penalty is June 5, 2018.