Scholarships

As part of the MassTransfer Application, you can be considered for a scholarship!

There is a section in the MassTransfer Application where you can share any information that you would like us to consider along with your transcripts. The scholarship application is only available within the MassTransfer Application and cannot be completed at a later time.

We use a holistic review process and decisions are based on the overall competitiveness of the applicant pool and the information provided in your application. Since many of the scholarships are income-based, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is helpful as it provides important information about one’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

To be given full consideration for a scholarship, your MassTransfer Application must be submitted by the priority date of March 1 (fall applications) or October 15 (spring applications).

The following scholarships are available to incoming MassTransfer students through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

Honors-to-Honors Scholarship ($6,000/year)

This scholarship is intended for first-generation or low-income students completing a Commonwealth Honors Program and enrolling in the UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. For more information, see our “Frequently Asked Questions” website.

To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • Massachusetts resident;
  • First-generation* or low-income;
  • Be completing an approved MassTransfer program;
  • Be completing a Commonwealth Honors Program or have a 3.5 or higher community college GPA;
  • At least 30 credits earned for the associate degree must be completed at a Massachusetts community college; and
  • Join the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst.

Flagship Award ($6,000/year)

This scholarship recognizes first-generation or low-income college students graduating from a Massachusetts community college with strong academic records who have contributed in a positive way within their community or family. Factors like extra-curricular activities, leadership roles, community service, and work experience are all taken into consideration by the scholarship committee.

To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • Massachusetts resident;
  • First-generation* or low-income; and
  • Be completing an associate degree at a Massachusetts community college.

Community College Academic Honors Scholarship ($2,500/year)

This scholarship rewards Massachusetts residents graduating from a Massachusetts community college with strong academic records. The award is based on both GPA and overall academic rigor. For more information, see our “Frequently Asked Questions” website.

To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • Massachusetts resident;
  • Have a 3.5 or higher community college GPA;
  • Be completing an associate degree at a Massachusetts public community college; and
  • At least 30 credits earned for the associate degree must be completed at a Massachusetts community college.

*First Generation: At UMass Amherst, we define first generation as someone whose parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree.