Financial Aid

A variety of opportunities exist for Nutrition students to receive financial aid, assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships.

UMass Amherst Financial Aid Services

The University offers a variety of opportunities for undergraduate students to receive financial aid and scholarships. For further information on financial aid available to undergraduate students, including federal student loans and grant programs, visit the UMass Amherst Financial Aid Services website.

Additional information for graduate students regarding financial aid or funding opportunities is also available online at the UMass Amherst Financial Aid Services website.

Scholarships and Fellowships

A limited number of scholarships and fellowships are available to undergraduate and graduate students through the Department.

For Undergraduate Students:

Two scholarships for seniors (at least 90 credit hours accrued) are offered by the department: the Virginia A. Beal Scholarship and the Helen S. Mitchell Scholarship. These scholarships are named for former faculty members at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, both well-respected in the profession.

Scholarship recipients are selected by the nutrition faculty. While emphasis is placed on academic performance, a student's potential contribution to the profession as well as financial needs are taken into account in making the final decision. The deadline for application is usually late in the Fall semester.

The Department is also recruiting undergraduate students for the Health and Nutrition Diversity Scholars (HANDS) program. While this program no longer offers scholarship funding, recruitment of HANDS scholars is ongoing to continue the goal of academic and community support to expand the diversity of students who pursue nutrition. HANDS scholars participate in a Scholars Seminar, with recruitment and outreach, community education, professional development, and research activities each semester.

For Graduate Students:

The Department offers graduate students three Nutrition Scholarships: the Virginia A. Beal Scholarship, the Helen S. Mitchell Scholarship and the Peter L. Pellett Scholarship. These scholarships are named for former faculty members at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, all well-respected in the profession.

Scholarship recipients are selected by the nutrition faculty. While emphasis is placed on academic performance, a student's potential contribution to the profession as well as financial needs are taken into account in making the final decision. The deadline for application is usually late in the Fall semester.

In addition, the Department offers the Virginia A. Beal Fellowship for one doctoral student annually. In addition, a limited number of graduate fellowships are available on a competitive basis through the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and through the Graduate School and the Office for Minority Graduate Student Recruitment. Students interested in being considered for a fellowship should indicate this interest on the Graduate School application form at the time of application.

Assistantships

A limited number of teaching and research assistantships are available through the department each year on a competitive basis. The number of assistantships and the amount of financial assistance offered each year is dependent on the availability of funds and the specific guidelines of the funding sources. Most assistantships provide a weekly stipend during the academic year and a waiver of most tuition costs and curriculum fees.

Students interested in being considered for an assistantship should indicate this interest on the Graduate School application form at the time of application. Individuals interested in obtaining assistantships also should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which can be accessed at the FAFSA website.