The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Update on Financial Aid Services and COVID-19

Financial Aid Services staff can be contacted by:

  • Email (
  • Phone (413-545-0801), Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., & Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m - 4 p.m.
  • In-Person: Document pick up and drop-off is offered on Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Financial Aid Office (243 Whitmore Administration Building). Counseling is not available in-person at this time. 
  • Zoom or Phone Appointments

Tuition Break Program

(for New England residents)

Or, why it’s great to live in New England (besides the leaves and lobster)

The Tuition Break Program was created by the New England Board of Higher Education to make a broad education available to all New England residents. The program gives a tuition break to New England residents enrolled in certain programs not offered by their home state’s public colleges and universities. Tuition Break Program students from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, who are enrolled at UMass Amherst, pay 50% above in-state tuition, rather than out-of-state tuition, if they choose a major not offered in their home state. No additional application is required.

Please note that students who qualify for the Tuition Break Program and receive the Chancellor's Award will receive the larger of the two benefits, not both. 

To see how that translates into dollars and cents, go to UMass Amherst costs.

Learn more about the program on the New England Board of Higher Education Web site.