Financial Aid

A variety of opportunities exist for Public Health 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.

A limited number of scholarships and job opportunities that include tuition and fee waivers are available. The University also has information about applying for federal loans. For additional information regarding financial aid or funding opportunities available to graduate students, call 413-577-0555, or visit the UMass Amherst Financial Aid Services website. Graduate student Policies and Forms, as well as information on the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO), are available online.

Scholarships and Fellowships

A limited number of scholarships and fellowships are available to undergraduate and graduate students through the Department, as well as through the Graduate School and the Office for Minority Graduate Student Recruitment. Graduate students interested in being considered for a fellowship should indicate this interest on the Graduate School application form at the time of application.

The Corinne A. Johnson Memorial Scholarship:

The Department offers the Corinne A. Johnson Memorial Scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Public Health. Named after the 1980 graduate of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) who achieved much in a shortened life, this scholarship was established by her friends, family and colleagues at General Electric to recognize exceptional students in the Department of Public Health. Undergraduate and/or graduate students in Public Health are eligible and are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those who exhibit the qualities and spirit of Corinne A. Johnson, including a commitment to community service, volunteerism and leadership. Successful candidates should be deeply committed to public health, have an excellent academic record, demonstrate leadership qualities, show a spirit of community service and be well-rounded in their interests and attitudes.

Applications for the scholarship are typically announced and awarded early in the spring semester. Please contact your program advisor for application instructions and forms.

Dean’s Ph.D. Fellowship:

The Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences will offer up to five Ph.D. non-working fellowship appointments to nationally-competitive new graduate students. The intent of this program is to facilitate the recruitment of top-quality doctoral students.

For more information, visit the School of Public Health and Health Sciences website.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Public Health: Graduate assistantship positions (i.e., Teaching Assistantships, Teaching Associateships, Research Assistantships, Project Assistantships, Intern Assistantships, Fellowships and Traineeships) are available in the Department of Public Health. Students in these positions generally work 10-20 hours per week and are paid according to the GEO standard rate. In addition, graduate assistantship positions include a benefit of tuition and fee waivers, including out-of-state tuition and health and childcare benefits. Preference is generally given to full-time students, i.e., those enrolled in 9 credits of coursework. Master’s students who are in their last semester of work and not enrolled in 9 credits; and doctoral students who are working on comprehensive exams but not enrolled in 9 credits, may be viewed as being equivalent to full-time students. Students are generally limited to one RA/TA position, including those in other departments, in order to give everyone a chance to have a position. In general, master’s students will be funded for a maximum of 2 years; doctoral students will be funded for a maximum of 5 years.

Generally, graduate assistantship positions are announced towards the end of each semester for the following semester, although in some cases, new positions are announced during the semester. Positions are openly advertised on the SPPHS website, as well as the websites of the relevant academic program. Once positions are announced, applicants must complete an application form within the specified application period. Decisions on funding are made shortly after the close of the application period. Decisions for funding graduate assistantship positions are typically made by faculty in the respective academic programs. Decisions are based on the completed applications as well as posted requirements (such as SAS experience, course work, etc). Only applications for positions passing the screening are subsequently considered. Written notification will be given to all TA/RAs following the award decisions.

Non-native English speaking students serving as Teaching Assistants must take and pass the English proficiency Test.

Priority for funding Graduate Assistantship Positions within each Academic Program (highest to lowest):

  • Projects with continuing Research/Teaching Assistant Positions
  • 1st year students promised a graduate assistantship
  • Doctoral students
  • 2nd year Master’s students
  • 1st year Master’s students

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.