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Receiving Aid

Application Review


After you complete your FAFSA review your Student Aid Report for accuracy and to ensure UMass Amherst is listed to receive the information electronically. You may need to respond to requests for documentation before your can be awarded.

Financial Aid Decisions


New Students
New students receive aid decisions beginning April 1 and ongoing. If your file is complete, you will receive your award notification by email prior to the Candidate’s Reply Date of May 1. This is the date by which accepted students must notify UMass Amherst of their intent to enroll.

Returning Students
Returning students receive aid decisions beginning in the middle of June and ongoing. After spring-term grades are posted in early June, Financial Aid Services must check each student’s file for Satisfactory Academic Progress. Once this is confirmed, Financial Aid Services can finalize decisions. Returning students will receive their financial aid decision by email and need to access it through their SPIRE account.