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.
There are a number of on and off-campus programs designed to support student food security, which include:
Partnership with the Amherst Survival Center
- Students can access the ASC Food Pantry, local food delivery options, as well as weekly available meals
- UMass Amherst Dining Services Food Security Initiatives
Assistance signing up for SNAP, WIC, and other public benefits
- Off Campus Student Life offers SNAP Drop-In Hours as well if you would like to meet with someone to discuss your eligibility.