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Tuition Waivers

A tuition waiver (or partial tuition waiver) is an award that will lessen the amount of your tuition. These may not exceed the cost of tuition, and you may not use them to cover fees. (You may use other forms of financial aid, such as loans, to cover the costs of your fees.) While you may receive multiple tuition waivers from a variety of sources, you will only be able to use an amount up to, but not exceeding, the cost of tuition.

The Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) administers the following tuition waivers. Click on the waiver listed below or go directly to the OSFA Web site for more information.

Categorical Tuition Waivers are available for students who are veterans, active members of the armed forces, Native Americans, senior citizens, or clients of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission or Commission for the Blind.

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

September 11, 2001, Tragedy Tuition Waiver

Department of Social Services Adopted Children Tuition Waiver

Department of Social Services Foster Care Children Tuition Waiver

High Technology Scholar/Intern Tuition Waiver

Hurricane Katrina Emergency Tuition Waiver Program

Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers Tuition Waiver

Joint Admissions Tuition Advantage Program

Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Tuition Waiver

Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) Prepaid Tuition Program

Need Based Tuition Waiver

University of Massachusetts Exchange Program Tuition Waiver

Valedictorian Program Tuition Waiver

Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminar

Chancellor's Talent Award

UMass Amherst offers tuition waivers to admitted freshman who present especially strong art portfolios or who present strong performances in music or dance auditions. Some of these awards are full tuition waivers while others are only partial waivers. This scholarship may not be combined with other tuition waivers.