Massachusetts community college students receive priority financial aid processing and receive financial aid decisions before other transfer students. You are encouraged to apply early for financial aid so that you can make a decision about enrollment in time to register early for UMass Amherst courses.
The amount of financial aid students receive at community colleges will not be the same as the amount they receive at four-year colleges. The increased cost of bachelor’s degree programs may mean increased financial aid eligibility.
Key Financial Aid Reminders
- UMass Amherst uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for financial aid.
- Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, but before February 15, in order to meet the priority filing date of March 1 for both Fall and Spring semsters.
- You must list UMass Amherst on your form, using our school code: 002221.
- If you are selected for verification, it could delay your financial aid decision. Therefore, you should apply for financial aid as early as possible.
- The name on your application for admission must exactly match the name on your FAFSA and the name on your social security card in order for you to receive a financial aid award.
Tuition Advantage Program
To be eligible for the TAP tuition credit you must graduate from an approved Massachusetts community college MassTransfer associate degree program with a 3.0 or higher grade point average (GPA). And, within one year of graduating from that community college you must enroll as a degree-seeking student at UMass Amherst.
For full-time students, TAP provides a tuition credit of $1,714 per-year ($857 per semester). Part-time students receive a reduced amount, because they are charged by course credit hours taken. That amount will be determined after you have registered for your classes.
The TAP tuition credit is guaranteed only for your first two semesters at UMass Amherst. To maintain the TAP tuition credit, you must earn a UMass Amherst GPA of 3.0 or better in your first two semesters. TAP is given for a maximum of four consecutive semesters. If you need your benefits to extend beyond four semesters, you must contact a transfer counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to discuss a possible extension.
Community Scholarships are awarded to MassTransfer graduates who are low income and/or first generation college students. Up to fifteen scholarships are available each year (both Fall and Spring admits are considered). Each award is $6,000 per year for two consecutive years (or four semesters). Upon admission, students with a 3.5 or higher GPA will be mailed a scholarship application. Scholarship awards are made by a scholarship committee. The scholarship committee will consider each student’s academic record, extracurricular activities, leadership and community service, academic major, and work experience.
Community College Academic Honors Scholarship
The Community College Academic Honors Scholarship was developed to reward and recognize MassTransfer graduates of the Massachusetts community colleges for meritorious academic achievement. Up to fifteen scholarships are available each year (both fall and spring admits are considered). Each award is $2,500 per year for full-time students (pro-rated for part-time students) until the student completes their first bachelor's degree requirements at UMass Amherst. Students with a 3.5 or higher GPA at the time of application are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Upon application, eligible students will be mailed a scholarship application. Scholarship awards are made by a scholarship committee.
Honors to Honors Scholarships
The Honors to Honors Scholarships are for Massachusetts community college students who will be enrolling in the UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. Students must be in an approved MassTransfer program and are encouraged to complete the community college honors program, if one is offered. Students who do not complete the community college honors program and who have a 3.5 or higher GPA for each semester completed (two or more semesters), who are in approved MassTransfer programs, and who meet all other UMass Amherst transfer admissions criteria will also be considered for places in Commonwealth Honors College.
Also, to be eligible, students must accept the invitation to be in the UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. The scholarships are for residents of Massachusetts who are low-income or first generation students. The amount is $6,000 per year for two consecutive years (or four semesters). Upon admission, eligible students will be mailed a scholarship application. Scholarship awards are made by a scholarship committee. The scholarship committee will consider each student’s academic record, level of academic challenge, extracurricular activities, community service, academic major, and work experience.
The Student Employment Office (SEO) helps students find jobs on or off campus, including work-study or non-work-study positions. You will find job listings, as well as other important employment information on the SEO Website. Listings are updated daily. Students also find jobs through Auxiliary Services (which includes the Campus Center, hotel, and dining commons), the libraries, UMass Transit.
Work-study is a form of need-based federal financial aid. As with all need-based financial aid, you will need to submit the FAFSA to be eligible (see above). The program provides students with part-time employment opportunities in a variety of on- and off-campus jobs, with awards (maximum earnings) that range from $1,500-$1,800. If you receive work-study as part of your financial aid package you will be responsible for your own job search through the SEO.