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Financial Aid Options for Graduate Students

Federal Work-study

This award is granted to a limited number of high need graduate students who are eligible for hourly employment that is not an assistanship/grad appointment, are carrying at least six credits, and have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

A work-study award is used as part of the funding source for a student's hourly employment and is subject to approval by the hiring department, the Graduate School, and Financial Aid Services. Federal Work Study funds are extremely limited and may not be awarded to all students who request them. To request work study funds for the summer session, please fill out and submit a Summer Aid Application. To be considered for work study funds during the fall/spring, please contact the Graduate Financial Aid Office. Work study funds may only be used to fund hourly non-assistantship positions.

TEACH Grants
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides $4000 annual grants to full-time students who plan to become teachers. A graduate student may receive a total of two scheduled awards, or a total of $8000, for a Master’s degree program.

More about TEACH Grants

Graduate Assistantships

Your best option for finding a teaching or research assistantship is to contact your academic department. The Graduate Assistantship Office processes graduate appointments and associated waiver benefits. This office also posts assistantship opportunities when they become available (these assistantships are mostly through non-academic departments and are generally for administrative support). The Graduate Assistantship Office does not assign or determine who receives appointments.

Graduate Assistantship Office

517 Goodell Building
Phone: 413-545-5287
E-mail: gradappt@grad.umass.edu

Graduate School Fellowships

Graduate School fellowship funds are allocated to the schools and colleges under a matching agreement between the Dean of the Graduate School and the academic dean. The departments select their fellowship recipients.

Graduate School Diversity Fellowships

Recipients of Graduate School Diversity Fellowships are nominated by their departments. Funding to increase diversity in the STEM disciplines is distributed by the STEM Diversity Institute: umass.edu/sdi

International Programs Office (IPO)

Located in 467 Hills South, the International Programs Office manages the following graduate student programs.

Study Abroad

The IPO organizes meetings with Financial Aid Services to link American students who wish to study abroad. Some study abroad and student exchange programs offered by IPO are able to give scholarships and other financial assistance to participating students, often in conjunction with various departments. The IPO also provides bibliographies of funding resources, as well as access to the Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants for the Programs Abroad directory. Individual counseling is also available. For additional information, call the IPO at 413-545-2710.

The Foreign Students Office (FSO)

The IPO manages a limited number of tuition waivers established for international students. These waivers are for tuition only and do not cover any other fees or costs. The award process for these waivers is extremely competitive and is based on prior academic record, departmental recommendation, and financial need. Applications for continuing students are available at the FSO, but the student’s sponsoring department must submit the completed application and supporting recommendations. Please call the FSO at 413-545-2843 for information regarding procedures for new admissions.