Eligibility & Important Dates


What’s Required:

File a FAFSA every year.

The information you provide on the FAFSA determines your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your eligibility for federal, state, and university funds.

In addition, you must meet the following criteria to receive most types of financial aid:

  • demonstrate financial need (for most programs)
  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau)
  • be registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as an admitted student in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) stating that
    • you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
    • you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
  • provide proof of high school diploma or other Federally recognized documentation

International students, DACA and undocumented students do not qualify for federal financial aid. Loans, student employment, and graduate assistantships are available in some cases. Learn more.

Important Dates

Financial Aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

October 1 (All Students and Parents) 
Access to FAFSA form begins (use IRS Data Retrieval for best results)

Mid-October (Enrolled Students)
If you’re eligible for the Federal Work Study (FWS) program, you must have completed all paperwork and be on the UMass Boston FWS payroll by this time.

November 1
Early Action application deadline for fall semester first-year students
Spring semester FAFSA filing deadline for new and transfer students

December 23
Early Action acceptance packets and financial aid award letters are sent out

March 1 (New Students)
Regular Action application submission and FAFSA filing deadlines for fall semester aid for first year students

April 1
Regular Action financial aid award letters are sent

May 1 
Deadline to file FAFSA for continuing students to be considered for Priority Aid in the fall
Deadline for new students to complete their To-Do List requirements in WISER to be considered for Priority Aid in the fall

June 1 
Deadline for continuing students to complete their To-Do List requirements in WISER to be considered for Priority Aid in the fall