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Undergraduate Student Aid

Students with a “Financial Aid Review” indicator on WISER: UMass Boston Financial Aid Services is completing a review of your financial aid based on your current enrollment.  A hold has been placed on your account.  Once the review is complete, the hold will be removed.  Check WISER regularly for updates or visit the One Stop if you have questions.

Your financial aid award may consist of a combination of grants, work-study, and loans from a variety of funding sources. 

Financial aid funds come from 3 main sources: 

  1. The U.S. Federal Government
  2. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
  3. UMass Boston

Get a preliminary estimate of federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility with the Net Price Calculator to help you gauge what aid you may be awarded and to know the cost you will need to cover.

To determine your eligibility, simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This one application is all you will need to be considered for most of the aid available. Simple steps can be found on Navigating the Aid Process.

The financial information you report on your FAFSA determines your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and is calculated by a Federal formula.  The EFC is subtracted from the Cost of Attendance. The difference between the two amounts is “financial need” and represents a student’s maximum eligibility for need-based aid. The EFC is an estimate of the amount of money you’ll need to supplement the financial aid you qualify to receive.

The number of credits you take, your residency status, and grade level are used to determine your aid eligibility and affect your offer.  Notify Financial Aid Services if this information is not correct on your award letter.

For transfer students, the Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loan amounts will be based on the amount of transfer credits that have been evaluated at the time of your financial aid award.  Loan amounts may change as additional credits are evaluated.  Please pay close attention to this information on your financial aid award notification letter.

International students do not qualify for federal or state financial aid grant programs. You can and should explore financial support options like private, individual loans, work opportunities, and scholarship potentials. Loan programs are available through private lenders with a creditworthy U.S. Citizen or permanent resident as a cosigner. Find a lender at www.elmselect.com. Some work opportunities can be explored through UMass Boston’s Institutional Employment Program.

Be sure to read the Terms and Conditions for receiving financial aid. Make sure you take steps to maintain your eligibility for aid during your time at UMass Boston.

Financial aid can be confusing.  Don’t worry.  Ask us for help. We can explain your options.

Financial Aid Services I Campus Center, 4th Floor I Phone: 617.287.6300 I Fax: 617.287.6323 I finaid@umb.edu