Whitmore Hall
Financial Aid

News & Updates

Summer 2022 Financial Aid

The Summer 2022 Financial Aid Application is available!  If you plan to take courses over the summer, you may be eligible to receive financial aid. You will need a 2021-2022 FAFSA application on file, and the UMass Amherst Summer Aid application in order to be considered for summer financial aid. Please read through the information about summer aid requirements, types of aid and more here.

2022-2023 Financial Aid Awards for Incoming Students

Financial Aid awards to Fall 2022 incoming students have been updated for the 2022-2023 academic year. The "anticipated" awards that were previously provided have ben converted to specific financial aid programs. The total grant, loans, and work-study (if applicable) award amounts remain the same unless there has been a FAFSA change or change in family contribution since the original award, in which case the new award reflects the most recent information.

Please note that financial aid awards are tentative until all eligibility requirements are met and, if selected, verification has been completed. 

To view the revised financial aid award, log into SPIRE using the Net ID provided in your admissions letter.

In your account you can:

  • View your financial aid award
  • Reduce or decline Federal Work-Study and Federal Direct Loan awards
  • Review your "To Do" list to check for missing documentation necessary to complete your file
  • Report outside scholarships and resources
  • Read the Guide to Understanding Financial Aid. This comprehensive document provides important information about your financial aid award as well as your rights and responsibilities as a financial aid recipient.

If you have questions please contact our office.

Have you checked your SPIRE To Do List?

Incomplete SPIRE To Do's:

  • Stop the processing of your financial aid application.
  • Stop financial aid & loans from crediting your student account.

Follow up and complete your  SPIRE To Do's today!

Alternative Loan Options

Alternative education loans are credit-based consumer loans that can be used to pay any post-secondary education-related expenses. Before considering alternative loan borrowing, you should first apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid, including federal student loans. And use alternative loans only as a last resort to pay for college costs. File a FAFSA first. Go to studentaid.gov for more information.

Counseling Appointments

We are offering financial aid counseling appointments by phone and Zoom. You can request a phone or Zoom appointment by completing an Appointment Request Form.