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Financial Aid Basics

For many students, financial aid can greatly affect their decision about whether or not to attend college, or which institution they attend. Because of its importance, the decision to apply for financial aid, and which programs to accept, should be made only with a complete understanding of the process, requirements, benefits, and responsibilities.

In this section you'll find information about the cost of a UMass Amherst education, eligibility requirements, how financial need is determined, your rights and responsibilities regarding your aid package and more.

Study Abroad Financial Aid Workshops

If you are planning to participate in a study abroad program for the Fall 2014 semester and you receive financial aid, you are required to attend a financial aid study abroad workshop during the Spring 2014 semester. These workshops are jointly hosted by Financial Aid Services and the International Programs Office and will provide you with financing information for your study abroad program.
If you have any questions, please email Anne Peramba at

Financial aid workshops offered in the Spring 2014 semester:

Tuesday, March 25,
1:00 pm
Campus Center Room

Monday, March 31,
11:00 am
Campus Center Room 168C

Thursday, April 3,
5:00 pm
Campus Center Room 168C

Wednesday, April 9,
2:00 pm
Campus Center Room

Monday, April 14,
2:00 pm
Campus Center Room

Important Dates

January 1
FAFSA is available to complete at

March 1
Financial Aid priority deadline

April 1 - April 30
Financial aid decisions mailed to new students.