Admissions & Financial Aid

New England Regional Tuition Break Program

The New England Regional Student Program (NERSP), a tuition break program offered through the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), allows out-of-state students the opportunity to enjoy some of UMass Boston’s unique majors and programs at a rate comparable to in-state tuition and fees.

Students who participate in NERSP pay a significantly reduced tuition along with the normal out-of-state student fees.

You are eligible for the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) tuition break, if:

 (Rates are for 2016-17 and exclude room and board costs.)     


NERSP UMass Boston Undergraduate Programs (by state)




New Hampshire

Rhode Island



NERSP UMass Boston Graduate Programs (by program)

Master’s Programs

CAGS Program

Doctoral Programs


For more information, please visit the New England Board of Higher Education's website or call UMass Boston directly at 617.287.6000.


The Fine Print

Criteria for NERSP Student Eligibility

NERSP students must be permanent residents of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont and matriculated in NERSP programs. They may be enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis.

Program Eligibility/Regional Programs of Study

Additional Programs of Study

Students may be RSP-eligible for additional programs as follows:

Proximity-Based Programs of Study

In certain cases, students may apply for NERSP status at an out-of-state institution that is nearer to their legal residence (in closer proximity) than a home-state institution offering the same program.
There are restrictions to this eligibility. Institutions accepting students may limit eligibility:

Institutions from adjoining states may negotiate any conflicts in their implementation of this policy. NEBHE will act as arbiter when institutions cannot reach agreement.

Institutions must notify NEBHE during the annual RSP review whether and how they plan to accept students on this basis, and whether they plan to restrict the participation of their state’s residents to commuting students only.