Scholarships and awards are similar to grants, they are financial aid that you do not have to repay. Scholarships are often awarded on the basis of academic merit.
Most financial aid awards will not meet the full amount of a student’s financial need. The average percentage of need met for entering UMass Amherst undergraduate students is about 79%. We encourage you to seek additional resources to meet your annual college costs.
Below are links for common sources of student scholarships. Also check with your local community for current opportunities that may be available to you.
DISCLAIMER: Financial Aid Services may adjust the award of recipients who receive scholarships, loans, or tuition waivers not listed on the original award. According to federal regulations, a student’s total financial aid may not exceed what the Financial Aid Services has determined to be his or her estimated need/cost.
Financial Aid is not providing you with a comprehensive list of all scholarship opportunities for which you may apply. There are numerous other resources available which you should research independently. Please be wary of advertisements that offer to help you find scholarships for a fee.
Admission merit award eligibility is determined at the time of acceptance. If the student continues to meet eligibility criteria, awards may be renewed for up to 8 semesters of undergraduate enrollment.
This search board allows current and prospective students to search available scholarships for both University and a wide range of outside sources.
The state’s Office of Student Financial Assistance requires student to have a current FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov) on file and offers grant, scholarship and waivers for residents of the Commonwealth.
The Foundation administers a large array of scholarships for students from Western Massachusetts. FAFSA and the Foundation’s application are required for consideration. Please also visit the community foundation in your hometown or region for other opportunities available to you.
This website will help you find community foundations in your hometown or region.
The City of Boston Scholarship Fund offers scholarship to outstanding Boston residents with financial need to further their education.
The Alumni Association offers over 100 annual scholarship awards for UMass Amherst students.
In addition to the resources listed above, visit your individual school or college website for opportunities tailored to students in your academic area of interest.