Admissions & Financial Aid

How to Apply

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  • Continuing UMass Boston students are those undergraduates who have earned at least 12 credits at the university. Qualified continuing students may apply for spring 2015 scholarship awards beginning in September of 2014.
  • Requirements, details, and applications available in September.
  • Deadline is November 21, 2014.

Many schools reserve scholarship funds for first year students. We are proud to reward new students and continuing students for their academic achievements. 

New Students

You can be considered for seven different scholarships if you meet the eligibility requirements. Consideration for these awards is automatic and only requires that you complete an admissions application by the early action deadline of December 1st. Merit scholarships are awarded based upon  academic excellence. Sometimes, you must demonstrate merit and financial need to qualify for certain scholarships.    


  • Students are automatically considered for scholarships with their admissions decision. To be eligible please submit an admissions application by the early action deadline of December 1st.

Continuing Students

Scholarships for continuing students range from as little as $250 to as much as $5000. Students may qualify for more than one.

Most scholarships are awarded for the spring semester to help continuing students complete each academic year.  Scholarships awarded for the fall semester are more limited.


To be considered, you must demonstrate superior academic performance for two semesters (24 credits) in most cases. One semester (12 credits) is the minimum requirement for a limited number of programs.

For example, apply in the fall semester of sophomore year. If you qualify, you can receive an award for your spring semester, sophomore year.

In the fall, qualified students complete a single, comprehensive application to compete for many spring scholarships. Every spring, you must submit individual applications.

Final Deadlines   

  • Mid November for spring semester awards
  • March for fall semester awards.

You must reapply for scholarships every year and continue to earn good grades.

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Honors Program

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