Admissions & Financial Aid

Deadlines & Critical Dates

Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. For maximum financial aid, meet the appropriate Financial Aid Application Priority Deadline.

You must apply for financial aid annually using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Use UMass Boston school code, 002222.


Get all your financial aid ducks in a row. Do not estimate your income on FAFSA. Do your taxes first. 


File your taxes online in early February, if possible, before you file your FAFSA online. Estimating your income on FAFSA can make you more likely to be selected for income verification. There is a new tool called IRS Data Retrieval that allows you to auto-fill the sections of your FAFSA with accurate financial information. 

Please allow approximately two weeks from the date you filed your tax return online to use IRS Data Retrieval online through a link within FAFSA.

March 1 - Priority Deadline for New Students
To receive maximum consideration for the Mass Cash Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, need-based tuition waivers, institutional grants, low-interest loans, and Federal Work Study, new students must submit the FAFSA by March 1.

May 1 - Priority Deadline for Returning Students

Returning and continuing students have until May 1 to file the FAFSA to receive maximum consideration for all the forms of financial aid listed above.

Mid July

Bills begin to be issued by the Bursar's Office.

Late August

You must pay the Bursar's Office by this date to avoid late charges, particularly if your financial aid has not been processed or is not available.

Mid October
Students eligible for the Federal Work Study (FWS) program must complete all paperwork and be on the UMass Boston FWS payroll by this time. Failure to meet this deadline will result in cancelation of your FWS eligibility.

November 1
Spring semester priority FAFSA filing deadline for new students and transfer students

Mid December
Spring bills issued by the Bursar's Office.