Scholarships for Freshmen

Students are automatically considered for UMass Boston’s merit scholarship aid based on their admissions application. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will notify recipients at the time of acceptance if they have been selected for one of these scholarships.

Preference is given for students who apply by the early action admissions deadline of November 1.

All scholarship awards are renewable for up to 8 semesters (4 years) of coursework provided the student maintains a strong cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment.

UMass Boston Merit Scholarship Opportunities


High School GPASAT or ACT ScoresMassachusetts Resident RangeNew England Regional RangeOut-of-State Student RangeNotes
Tuition & Fees  $14,613$27,673$35,075
  • Based on 2019-2020 Tuition & Fees

Chancellor’s Scholarship

3.6 or higher

SAT: 1270 

ACT: 26

$10,000 - $13,500$10,000 - $15,000$15,000 - $25,000
  • Renewable for up to 4 years with a minimum sustained GPA of 3.2
Dean’s Scholarship3.4 or higher

SAT: 1170 

ACT: 24 

$5,000 - $9,000$5,000 - $9,000$10,000 - $14,000
  • Renewable for up to 4 years with a minimum sustained GPA of 3.0
Beacon’s Merit Scholarship3.4 or higherN/A$1,000 - $4,000$1,000 - $4,000$4,000 - $8,000
  • Renewable for up to 4 years with a minimum sustained GPA of 3.0
Boston City Scholarship3.0 or higherN/A$1000N/AN/A
  • MA residents only (graduates of a Boston public high school)
  • Renewable for up to 4 years with a minimum sustained GPA of 3.0
  • may be combined with other listed scholarships
  • “GPA” here is based on a cumulative recalculation of all college prep academic courses and considers weighting for honors, AP, and IB courses on a 4.0 scale in accordance with the standards outlined by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.
  • Scholarships are available to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and eligible Non-Citizens only.
  • The specific number and amounts of scholarships offered each year are based on available funding. Scholarship offers and award amounts will be determined by a holistic review of the application for admission including a thorough evaluation of the rigor of coursework, high school GPA, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and a demonstrated commitment to leadership, community service, and/or employment.
  • A change in residency may reduce or otherwise impact your scholarship.


Frequently Asked Questions

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about scholarship aid.


Outside Scholarships

We also encourage you to explore Outside Scholarships.


Donor Scholarship Opportunities for New Students

Students who apply for early action admission are automatically considered for these scholarships, no application is necessary.

Please note, many students may meet the eligibility requirements for an award but, due to the limited number of scholarships available, may not be selected for a particular award.

The William M. Bulger Award and Scholarship Program

  • Provides four years of tuition and most mandatory fees annually to one outstanding high school graduate from a public or private high school in the City of Boston.
  • Established in honor of William M. Bulger for many years of devoted service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a state representative, senator, senate president, and as the past president of the University of Massachusetts.
  • Recognizes and encourages an outstanding student who exemplifies President Bulger’s philosophy of perseverance in pursuit of educational and personal goals.

Nomination Procedure

  • Each headmaster and high school principal must submit the required documents to the Office for Merit-Based Scholarships
  • Only one graduating senior per school allowed
  • Contact your school guidance office for consideration
  • ​Not all nominees will be offered scholarships, only finalists


  • one letter of recommendation from the nominating headmaster or principal
  • a typed essay of 500-1,000 words addressing the topic: “The Value of a College Education” by the nominee
  • Massachusetts residency

The Mark Atkins Scholarship

Alumnus Mark Atkins created this scholarship for newly entering freshman students who are longtime residents of the City of Boston.

Eligibility - Open to applicants who: 

  • have lived in Boston for ten or more years; Massachusetts residency,
  • have demonstrable financial need,
  • have strong academic potential, and
  • have an entrepreneurial spirit.

The Samuel Brehm Scholarship

Awards up to $5,000 each to several recipients who are graduates of the Boston or Chelsea public school system. The award can be renewable.

Dr. Harold and Mrs. Ella Brehm established this scholarship program in 1987 in honor of Dr. Brehm’s father to encourage its recipients to pursue a four-year college education.


  • must be a graduate of Boston or Chelsea public high schools 
  • have demonstrated strong academic potential,
  • are in need of financial assistance, and
  • are entering UMass Boston full-time as freshmen or transfer students
  • Massachusetts residency
  • a valid FAFSA with information released to UMass Boston

The Stephen J. Sweeney Scholarship Program

Provides up to $2,700 for up to three students who have shown the potential for academic success. 

Established to honor, preserve, and extend the legacy of Stephen J. Sweeney, the former chairman and CEO of the Boston Edison Company. His outstanding achievements in business reinforced his commitment to give generously of himself to the community. 


  • open to applicants who have participated in school activities or community service
  • graduates of a Boston public high school (Admissions Guaranteed Program [AGP] preferred)
  • in need of financial assistance
  • entering as freshmen
  • a valid FAFSA with information released to UMass Boston
  • Massachusetts residency


The Michael A. Ventresca Scholarship Program

Provides the recipient(s) with awards ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 annually. Awards may be renewable.*

Established to honor Michael Ventresca’s spirit of public service and his belief in the promise of democracy.

Michael A. Ventresca, president of UMass Boston’s first graduating class in 1969, was a political idealist, activist, and lawyer who died tragically in 1985. 


  • open to applicants who graduated from a Massachusetts high school; Massachusetts resident
  • shows evidence of concern for others and an interest in public service through extracurricular activities or community service
  • demonstrates the potential for academic success and the prospect of continuing in public service upon graduation
  • a valid FAFSA with information released to UMass Boston

* Depending on funding levels and the number of students renewed, new scholarships may not be awarded every year.