Costs and Financial Aid, Certificate of Journalism



The fee per credit is $380. There is an additional non-refundable registration fee of $47 per term. The registration fee is paid only once each term, regardless of how many courses a student enrolls in. The total cost for a 3-credit course is $1,187.

The total cost for the entire Certificate depends on which courses you take and how many sessions/semesters you take to complete the courses. If you were to take the 5 courses over 3 sessions, you would have to pay $6,215.

Please find more information about class fees here. And here's how you can get on a payment plan.


The Certificate of Journalism is not a degree-granting program. That means that if you are not otherwise enrolled in a matriculating degree program at a university or college, you cannot use federal financial aid, such as Pell Grants, toward individual Certificate of Journalism classes.

If you are currently enrolled at UMass Amherst, including the University Without Walls program, please contact Marianna McKim at 413-545-3353 in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Financial Aid Office to determine your eligibility. If you are a student at another university, please contact your financial aid officer there for information.

If you are not currently a student, you can also explore personal loans.

If you are a veteran, the GI Bill might pay for your online credits, but you will need to verify that before you enroll. Please get in touch with the UMass Veteran Services Offices to discuss elligibility.

For more info on financial aid, check out this info sheet.

Please find more information on all things financial here.

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