|Submission Date||March 6, 2020|
University of Massachusetts Amherst
PA-8: Affordability and Access
|2.92 / 4.00||
Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
The cost of attendance is based on enrollment, residency and housing, however, the campus has institutionally funded need based aid programs to assist students in covering educationally related costs.
A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:
University Without Walls
The University Without Walls (UWW) is an academic major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst designed to help adults complete their first bachelor's degree. The major was launched in 1971 and the average age of students is currently 37. UWW students design their own program of study, take courses in the format (online, blended, or on-campus) that their schedule can accommodate, and qualify for up to 105 credits for prior coursework, prior learning and work & life experience.
Another group of non-traditional students that UMass Amherst actively supports is student veterans. Our Student Veterans Resource Center is open 9-5, Monday to Friday to answer questions, address concerns and assist veterans in navigating life in college. Military service and experience is credited towards college credit using the American Council on Education (ACE), CLEP, and DSST guidelines. The same standards are applied to credits for military education as those applied to coursework from accredited colleges and universities. UMass Amherst hosts a separate orientation for student veterans, offers a course for student veterans on transitioning to campus life and honing academic skills, and workshops on developing learning skills and career building.
Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:
Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
FY19 Data used (Fall 2018, Spring 2019)
Performance Measurement System: https://www.umass.edu/oir/sites/default/files/publications/pms/pms_uma_2019.pdf
Retention and Graduation Rate: https://www.umass.edu/oir/sites/default/files/publications/factsheets/retention/FS_ret_03c.pdf
Enrollment Fact Sheet Fall 2018: https://www.umass.edu/oir/sites/default/files/publications/factsheets/enrollment/fall/FS_enr_01_f18.pdf
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