Eligibility & Important Dates

Eligibility

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

  • Meet basic eligibility criteria for financial aid.
    • Demonstrate financial need (for most programs).
    • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen as defined by the federal government.
    • 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 enrolled or accepted for enrollment as an admitted student in a degree-granting program or financial aid eligible certificate program. (Students enrolled in non-degree programs may apply for a private loan).
    • Enroll at least half time (6 credits or more) for Federal Direct Loan eligibility.
    • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
    • Not be in default or owe money on a federal student loan or any federal student aid program.
    • Have a high school diploma, a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or complete a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law. 
  • File a FAFSA. Remember to complete a renewal FAFSA for each academic year of attendance.

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. Students who meet the priority FAFSA application dates AND priority deadline to complete all To-Do list items in WISER will be considered for the most financial aid that they are eligible to receive. 

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 Admission application deadline for fall semester first-year students
Spring semester FAFSA priority application date for new and transfer students

Late December / Early January
Early Action acceptance packets and financial aid award letters are sent out

March 1 (New Students)
Regular Action FAFSA priority application date for fall semester

April 1 (New Students)
Regular Action financial aid award letters are sent

May 1
Deadline for new students to complete To-Do list items in WISER to receive priority aid consideration.
Returning student FAFSA application date for priority aid consideration. 

June 1 
Deadline for returning students to complete To-Do list items in WISER to receive priority aid consideration.