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Costs and Financial Aid

The costs for the ULA program are very reasonable for a Master's degree. As of January 2013, tuition for the program is $438 per credit hour, or $2,628 per session. Registration and other University fees total about $315 for each session. Fees covering books and materials, lunches, breaks, a banquet and overhead costs are $695 per session. Total cost of each session is approximately $3,700 for each of the five on-campus sessions. Students are also responsible for their own housing. We reserve a block of rooms in our unionized hotel on campus at a room rate similar to other local hotels. Double occupancy is available at a lower rate. Students may choose to stay elsewhere.


While students do not need to travel to UMass to complete their six-credit final paper, they will need to pay tuition and minimal fees, usually totaling $2,673. Some students opt to come to campus to complete the work on their final paper. Many unions cover all or part of the cost of the program. Some employers will also pay the cost of all or part of the program.


Participants in the ULA program are considered half-time students, registered for Fall and Spring semesters (while taking classes in July and January, respectively), and are therefore eligible for Financial Aid with traditional student loan options. Students interested in applying for financial aid should go to the web site at, write directly to Graduate Financial Aid Services, 243 Whitmore Administration Building, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, or call (413)577-0555.


Students interested in financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 for the following Summer residency and by October 15 for the following Winter residency. The UMass  school code is 002221. The form can be submitted on-line at The Financial Aid Office can be reached by e-mail at or found on the web at


We have initiated an endowed scholarship program in the name of Ron Osborne, a ULA student who died in an automobile accident. We hope that funds will be available for scholarships shortly.


The AFL-CIO has a new fellowship program designed to train women and people of color for leadership positions in the labor movement. If you are eligible, you can receive up to $3,000 per year toward your graduate degree. For more information see Union Leaders of the Future scholarship at

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