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UMass Amherst Student Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and awards are similar to grants, in that they are financial aid that you do not have to repay.  Scholarships are often awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Most financial aid awards will not meet the full amount of a student’s financial need.  The average percentage of need met for entering UMass Amherst undergraduate students is about 79%.  We encourage you to seek additional resources to meet your annual college costs.

Below are links for common sources of student scholarships.  Please also check with your local community for current opportunities that may be available to you.

DISCLAIMER:  Financial Aid Services may adjust the award of recipients who receive scholarships, loans, or tuition waivers not listed on the original award. According to federal regulations, a student’s total financial aid may not exceed what the Financial Aid Services has determined to be his or her estimated need/cost.

Financial Aid is not providing you with a comprehensive list of all scholarship opportunities for which you may apply.  There are numerous other resources available which you should research independently.  Please be wary of advertisements that offer to help you find scholarships for a fee.

UMass Amherst Admissions Scholarships and Awards

Admission Merit award eligibility is determined at the time of acceptance.  If the student continues to meet eligibility criteria, awards may be renewed for up to 8 semesters of undergraduate enrollment.

UMass Amherst Financial Aid Office Scholarship Search Board

This search board allows current and prospective students to search available scholarships for both University and a wide range of outside sources.

Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)

The state’s Office of Student Financial Assistance requires student to have a current FAFSA(fafsa.ed.gov)  on file and offers grant, scholarship and waivers for residents of the Commonwealth.

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

The Foundation administers a large array of scholarships for students from Western Massachusetts.  FAFSA and the Foundation’s application are required for consideration.  Please also visit the community foundation in your hometown or region for other opportunities available to you.

City of Boston Scholarship Guide

Aids students and parents to find additional scholarship opportunities for residents of Boston..  This page also includes helpful links for other scholarship resources not necessarily limited to Boston-area residents.

UMass Amherst Alumni Association

The Alumni Association offers over 100 annual scholarship awards for UMass Amherst students.

UMass Amherst Schools and Colleges

In addition to the resources listed above, visit your individual school or college website for opportunities tailored to students in your academic area of interest.