Understanding the cost of college can be tricky. In addition to tuition, you’ll need to factor in the other areas of your life that will cost money.
Your expenses in college include:
- Tuition and fees
- Social activities
Tuition & Fees
Tuition is the cost of your experience at UMass. Fees are additional costs related to enrolling in and attending the University. The Office of the Bursar posts the amounts due along with billing and payment information.
Residence Life Housing Fees
Review the housing room rates and fees to evaluate your cost of living.
With your meal plan, you have access to top quality food on campus. Learn more about the plans available and choose what’s best for you.
A parking permit allows you to park regularly for the year with one fee. Parking meters exist in various locations throughout campus. To eliminate parking fees, consider walking, biking or utilizing PVTA, the local bus.
Budgeting your money allows you to set aside funds for your social life. Need help with learning how to budget? Schedule a coaching session with Smart About Money.
Remember that your tuition and fees are already paying for most services on campus. Take advantage of everything you are offered!
Am I required to have health insurance?
Massachusetts requires college students to have comprehensive health insurance, thus UMass Amherst offers a Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP). However, students with comparable coverage under another major medical insurance can apply for a waiver to the SHBP.
How much do textbooks cost?
Each textbook has a different price. However, the cost of textbooks generally ranges from $500 to $1000 per academic year, so that’s $250 to $500 per semester.
Are financial aid or scholarships available to help offset the expenses associated with college?
Yes! Talk with Financial Aid services to learn more about the types of aid and your eligibility.