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Understanding Financial Aid

Paying for a college education can be expensive and stressful. It is important to understand how financial aid works so you and your student can enjoy this time and minimize your financial worries. Learn more about how financial aid works.

University Costs

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

FERPA Privacy Waiver

If you would like to have access to your student’s financial aid information you will need to complete a FERPA Privacy Waiver. Learn more about FERPA.

How to Pay the Bill

The Bursar's Office will bill you for tuition, fees, room and board, and all mandatory fees. The fall payment is usually due in the beginning of August and the spring payment is usually due in the beginning of January. You must pay in full by the due date or a late fee will be assessed. You have several options for paying your bill. Visit the Bursar's Office for full details on billing and payments. See more tips and resources to help you pay your bill.

Parent Education Loans

You may find that you need alternative methods for paying your bill.  Learn more about some options available to you.

Parent Checklist

When it comes to your student's education, it is important to be prepared.  Review a timeline of important dates and events.


We have a list of our most frequently asked questions.  See if your question is answered here.