The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Graduate Students

University Costs

UMass Amherst tuition, fees, room and board rates are established each summer for the following academic year. Learn more about university costs.


There are several requirements that you must meet in order to be eligible for financial aid. Learn more about eligibility.

Applying for Aid

You must apply for aid every year. Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step. Learn more about applying for aid.

Types of Aid

Most aid for graduate students is in the form of loans. You must be taking at least six credits in a degree-granting program to receive federal loans. You may also receive an assistantship from the Graduate School or your department. Learn more about the types of aid you may qualify for.

Receiving Aid

After you complete your FAFSA, review your Student Aid Report for accuracy and to ensure that UMass Amherst is listed to receive your information electronically. You may need to respond to requests for documentation before your aid can be awarded. Learn more about receiving aid, including when you will be notified about your award and when you can expect your funds to disburse.

Summer Aid

If you plan to take courses over the summer, you may be eligible to receive financial aid to offset the costs. The financial aid programs available for the summer are Federal Direct loans, credit-based alternative loans, and summer work study (for some eligible graduate students). Learn more about summer aid.

Study Abroad

UMass Amherst offers education abroad and exchange programs. These programs are available to all qualified students and most financial aid can be used to help pay the costs. Learn more about study abroad .

Student Employment Office

Most graduate students at UMass Amherst are hired through the graduate appointment process as teaching assistants, research assistants, interns, etc. Your best option for finding a teaching or research assistantship is to contact your academic department. In some cases, departments hire graduate students on an hourly basis. Visit Student Employment for more information.