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Very simply, grants are monetary awards that you do not have to repay. Financial Aid Services awards grants to student based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Students with a lower EFC have a greater potential to receive grants.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grants

These grants are awarded to students pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Current full-time awards range from $605 to $5,645 (2013-2014 awards). Recipients may also use Federal Pell Grants for part-time study. Federal Pell Grants will be awarded after reviewing anticipated enrolled credits for summer, fall and spring to ensure the maximum annual Pell award.

Eligiblity for Pell Grant is limited to the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters.

  • Be a U. S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be enrolled in a degree program
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate
  • Demonstrate financial need

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
Administered by the UMass Amherst, these usually range from $200 to $2,000. Priority is given to Pell Grant eligible students. Students enrolled part time may also be eligible for Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.

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.

TEACH Grants recipients at the University of Massachusetts Amherst must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Complete a FAFSA
  • Be a U.S Citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in an educator licensure programs listed below
  • Meet academic requirements (maintain a 3.25 GPA)
  • Make an appointment with the School of Education Licensure Officer, Kim Drake at (413) 545-2701 to determine your eligibility and receive an eligibility certificate. The certificate is required before meeting with the Financial Aid Office
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement and a TEACH Grant Counseling Form

You must also fulfill the following conditions:

  • You must serve as full-time teacher in a high need-field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students.
  • You must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received the TEACH Grant.

NOTE: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of the TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, the interest on the loan will be charged from the date the original TEACH Grant was disbursed. You must repay this loan to the U. S. Department of Education.

Schools Serving Low-Income Students are listed in the U. S. Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.

High-Need Fields in Massachusetts for 2013-2014*:

English as a Second Language


Modern Foreign Languages:
Chinese, French, Italian, Latin and/or Classical Humanities, Portuguese, Spanish

Reading/English Language Arts:
English/Language Arts

Biology, Chemistry,Earth Science, General Science, Physics

Special Education:
Early Childhood (Pre-K-2), Moderate Disabilities, Severe Disabilities, Deaf and Hard of Hearing

*Subject to change.

Massachusetts Grants


The state of Massachusetts awards Massgrants to undergraduate residents, which range from $300 to $1,200 for students enrolled full time. Part-time degree students may be eligible to receive Massgrants if they enroll for between six and eleven credits per semester. Applicants from Massachusetts apply by filing a FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA before May 1; students from other states should contact their state scholarship agency regarding specific application forms and procedures.

Please note that the Massgrant filing deadline is later than the UMass Amherst March 1 deadline.

Other State Grants

Massachusetts also offer the following grants. The links will take you to full descriptions of the grants on the Office of State Financial Assistance (OSFA) Web site. In order to be considered for some of these grants, students must submit an application or other materials in addition to the FAFSA.

The Foster Child Grant
Massachusetts Part-Time Grant
Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant

University Awards

UMass Amherst administers grants funded through state appropriations, annual gifts from private donors, and University revenues.