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2024-2025 FAFSA update

The Department of Education has announced that they will begin to send student FAFSA information to universities in mid-March. Once the completed FAFSA is received and processed by UMass, a Financial Aid offer letter will be emailed to eligible entering students as quickly as possible. We encourage you to check back to this page for updates.

Currently enrolled students who are planning to enroll in 2024-2025 can expect their financial aid offer in early June.

Filing your FAFSA

Complete your FAFSA application today at studentaid.gov. The FAFSA is the only application required at UMass Amherst to be awarded need-based aid. The UMass Amherst school code is 002221

You are encouraged to file by the March 1 UMass Amherst FAFSA priority date to receive your financial aid offer early in the cycle. If you are having challenges submitting your FAFSA, please be aware that submitting after March 1 will not affect your funding. State and scholarship agencies have varying deadlines that you are encouraged to meet.

See more about the new FAFSA and how to prepare to complete the application on our FAFSA Changes page.

Massachusetts New Financial Aid Expansion Programs

The MassGrant Plus program has now expanded eligibility to low- and middle-income students based on FAFSA data. This program aims to ensure instructional costs are covered with need-based grant aid for Massachusetts residents. Both full- and part-time Pell eligible students may be awarded. Full-time non-Pell eligible students up to a maximum expected family contribution (EFC) of $15,000 will also be considered. There is no additional application if you have completed your 2023-2024 FAFSA. Your award will be calculated after the add/drop period each term.

For more information: Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces Historic Financial Aid Expansion for Massachusetts Public College and University Students | Mass.gov

Undocumented Massachusetts residents that have completed at least three years at a Massachusetts high school may now be eligible to receive Massachusetts state need-based aid programs. The MASFA form is now available for students that are unable to submit a FAFSA due to their citizenship status.

For more information: Tuition Equity/ Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

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