How to Apply for Aid

The FAFSA can be filed as early as October 1st for the upcoming academic year. We encourage students to apply early.

Returning Students: Priority financial aid is available to students who file a FAFSA by May 1st and complete all requirements by June 1st.
New Students: Priority financial aid is available to students who file a FAFSA by March 1st and complete all requirements by May 1st.

Eligibility Criteria and Important Dates

Students must meet specific eligibility requirements to be considered for financial aid. Please review our eligibility and important dates page for additional information. 

Why file a FAFSA?

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application that helps the Financial Aid Office determine your eligibility. You must complete a FAFSA each year. 
The FAFSA generates an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is used to determine the amount of financial aid you are eligible for from the federal government, state agencies, and UMass Boston. 

Financial need is defined as the difference between the estimated Cost of Attendance and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the data supplied on the FAFSA and calculated by a federal formula.  Cost of Attendance changes each year and is based on direct educational costs such as tuition, fees, and direct allowances for costs such as personal expenses, transportation, and books/supplies.

All qualified students should complete the FAFSA to be considered for federal, state, and institutional aid at UMass Boston. The FAFSA is available beginning October 1st of any given year for the upcoming academic year.

Three Easy Steps:

  1. Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID online.  The FSA ID makes access to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form secure and easy, and provides an electronic signature feature.
  2. Complete the FAFSA form online as close to October 1 as possible to receive an early financial aid award package. UMass Boston’s school code is 002222.
  3. Use a tool called IRS Data Retrieval to pull your tax information directly into your FAFSA. It will increase the accuracy of your FAFSA information and streamline the application, review, and award process. The earlier you apply and the more accurate your application is, the sooner you’ll be awarded the financial aid for which you are eligible. Using the IRS Data Retrieval tool will reduce your chances of being selected for verification which slows down the process. 

FAFSA Workshops

Financial Aid Services partners with other campus and community services to offer opportunities for students to receive assistance completing their FAFSA. Please find the dates of the workshops and helpful checklists below.

We encourage students to attend with their parent(s) when possible.

Workshop Dates and Locations:

  • Thursday, November 7th at 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Friday, February 21st at 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 10th at 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Wednesday, April 8th at 2:30am – 4:30pm
  • Thursday, April 23rd at 4:00pm – 6:00pm

All workshops will take place in the Campus Center, Upper Level, Testing Center. 

Checklists:

FSA ID Creation Checklist
FAFSA Completion Checklist: What You Will Need

Helpful Tools