Basic Needs Support

If you are experiencing difficulty in making ends meet, you are not alone. UMass is committed to supporting students experiencing basic needs insecurity including food and housing through a number of on-campus programs and off-campus partnerships. In addition, the Dean of Students Office has formed the Food Security Working Group, a multi-disciplinary team which meets regularly to discuss food insecurity, identify root causes, and implement solutions.

Financial Support Programs 

The Dean of Students office has two programs to combat the impact of unexpected financial emergencies on academic success.

  • Short Term Loans: Up to $500 for undergraduates and up to $1000 for graduate students (repayment within the established due date, typically 30 days - can be extended on case-by-base basis)
  • Microgrants: Up to $500 for unexpected/isolated financial emergency. See application for more specific eligibility criteria.

Student Care Supply Closet
The Dean of Students Office offers a free supply closet to help supplement personal care and household item needs, such as shampoo and conditioner, soap and body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, paper products, cleaning products, items for students with children, pads and tampons, and hair products for natural hair.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - SEPTEMBER 2023: We request your patience as we are working to fulfill current supply closet requests. We will be in touch with you regarding your pick-up in the order which we have received them. If you have requested items, please keep an eye out for communication regarding scheduling your pick-up time. 

Food Security
There are a number of on and off-campus programs designed to support student food security, which include:

Basic Needs Resources