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Undergraduate Scholarships

Financial Aid

UMass Boston
Campus Center, 4th Floor
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

Phone: 617.287.6300
Fax: 617.287.6323
Merit-Based Scholarship

Scholarships for First-Years

Have questions about scholarships? Schedule a one-on-one appointment with us.

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

This Scholarship Grid is for students who apply as test optional. For students who choose to submit standardized test scores please see the grid further below. 

At UMass Boston, we allow students to apply as test optional. We understand that some students do not always feel that standardized test scores are the best indicator of their academic ability or promise. For these reasons, we are pleased to provide scholarship range options to test-optional students.

The grids below are an estimate based on historical information and standards may change based on the make-up of the applicant pool.

Scholarships for Test Optional Students

  High School GPA Massachusetts Resident Range New England Regional Range Out-of-State Student Range Notes
Tuition and Fees   $15,535 $26,711 $37,211 Based on 2023-2024 Tuition & Fees
Test Optional Scholarship 3.3 or higher $2,000 - $13,000 $2,000 - $13,000 $2,000 - $25,000 Renewable for up to 4 years


Merit Scholarships for Standardized Test Takers


High School GPA SAT or ACT Scores Massachusetts Resident Range New England Regional Range Out-of-State Student Range Notes
Tuition & Fees     $15,535



Based on 2023-2024 Tuition & Fees

Chancellor's Scholarship

3.7 or higher

SAT: 1270 

ACT: 26

$10,000 - $13,000 $10,000 - $13,000 $15,000 - $25,000

Renewable for up to 4 years with a minimum sustained GPA of 3.2

Dean's Scholarship 3.5 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 Scholarship 3.3 or higher N/A $2,000 - $3,000 $2,000 - $3,000 $2,000 - $5,000

Renewable for up to 4 years with a minimum sustained GPA of 3.0

Boston City Scholarship 3.0 or higher N/A $1000 N/A N/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.
  • Scholarship grid reflects amounts for incoming Fall 2023 first-year students only.


Appealing a Scholarship Decision

If you are a first-year student who has already been admitted to the university and would like to submit an appeal for funding consideration you can do so here. You will use your Beacon Gateway log-in information to access this form.

We will begin reviewing scholarship appeals in the middle of February and students can expect to hear back shortly after that.

Please keep in mind students must present a compelling case beyond what is already listed in their admission application for consideration. We have a record number of strong applicants this admission cycle so only a limited number of appeals will be made new offers. 


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.

More Details on Terms and Conditions

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

  • Your merit scholarship will be applied to your student account and is renewable for up to 8 semesters of continuous study.
  • Your merit scholarship will not cover winter or summer session coursework.
  • Study abroad and most similar domestic programs are generally not covered by the scholarship, although reciprocal programs may be. Consult with the Study Abroad Office well in advance of your planned program to determine.
  • The scholarship requires full-time enrollment each fall and spring semester which is a minimum of 12 credits.
  • Course withdrawals and failures may impact future eligibility. Please discuss withdrawals and failures with the scholarship office.
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA, as well as satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion, are required to retain the scholarship, with the exception of the Chancellor’s Scholarship which requires a 3.2 cumulative GPA. If your GPA drops below the required minimum or you drop below full-time enrollment your scholarship will be put on probation or cancelled.
  • A single semester leave of absence may be permitted. A leave of absence must be discussed with the Office for Merit-Based Scholarships in advance of the semester of non-enrollment. Failure to readmit after a one semester absence will result in forfeiture of the scholarship. A student must be in good standing with the scholarship terms in order to take a leave and resume the scholarship upon return.
  • This scholarship is only valid at UMass Boston and cannot be transferred to any other institution, including other UMass campuses.
  • A scholarship award may impact need-based financial aid awards.