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2016-2017 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Expenses and Student Financial Services


The cost to students of an education at a public university remains one of the great bargains of our time. While there have been increases in recent years, the charges are still very affordable, especially when one considers the high quality of the education offered. Tuition and fees cover a part of the costs, but the remainder is made available by the taxpayers of the Commonwealth. The result is a creative partnership between the individual students and their families and the members of an enlightened democracy, which believes that the economic, political and cultural success of the society depends on a well-educated citizenry.

Undergraduate and graduate students at the university pay tuition and various fees. In addition, they will have costs for textbooks and other incidentals and for meals and housing. This section gives information about the structure of charges at the university, focusing specifically on charges to undergraduate students. It is intended to assist students and their families in their financial planning.

More detailed information on graduate student charges is available in the Graduate Catalog (from the Office of Graduate Studies).

The university provides comprehensive financial aid and related services. Applicants and current students are invited to inquire about the aid and scholarship opportunities that are described later in this chapter.

Disclaimer: Currency of Information


In preparing this catalog, we have made every effort to present the most up-to-date information possible. However, changes in tuition and fees may occur after the catalog has been published. An exact schedule of all current charges is available from the Office of the Bursar, Foster Administration Building, second floor; or the University Enrollment Center, first floor.

All expenses are subject to change at the discretion of the Commonwealth, the Board of Higher Education or the University. Various policies associated with charges may be similarly subject to change.

Payment Policy


Students may pay all tuition, fee, room, and board payments by mail; or in person at the University Enrollment Center, first floor of the Foster Administration building, where the hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Extended hours are posted on the UEC website. Payments can be made by personal check, money order or bank check.  Online payments are processed through Tuition Management Systems from COIN student center by electronic check with no additional fee or by credit card with additional convenience fee.

All charges are due and payable at a date set by UMass Dartmouth (usually August 15 and January 15). Payments received after the due date indicated will be charged a late fee. The university sends email notification to students UMD email account indicating when an eBill has been generated with their semester charges. The invoice can be accessed through COIN self service.

Students are expected to keep their accounts current and to pay their financial obligations to the university. Students may not attend classes until all charges have been paid or vouched for. In appropriate circumstances, the Bursar’s Office may impose various restrictions in order to enforce payment of an obligation, including withholding of official transcripts, registration and the diploma. The Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Fiscal Services/designee hears appeals of difficult cases.

Policies Affecting Charges


As a state-supported institution, UMass Dartmouth’s programs and facilities are available at reasonable tuition rates to residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The table at the end of this chapter shows tuition and fee charges for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Residency: Massachusetts state residents pay a considerably reduced tuition charge compared to those paid by out-of-state residents. Under the New England Board of Higher Education’s Regional Student Program, residents of other states in New England are eligible for reduced out-of-state tuition for some academic programs not available in their own state. Later in this section we give additional information about the policies regarding tuition/fees and residency.

Prorating by credit load: Students pay the full amount for tuition and mandatory fees if taking 12 or more credits. Charges for those taking fewer than 12 credits are prorated evenly by the number of course credits. A table at the end of this chapter shows the per-credit/per-semester charges in effect for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Charges by type of study: degree students, non-degree students and students auditing a course or courses pay the same academic charges.

University Extension offers courses under a structure of charges different from that presented in this catalogue.

Tuition and Mandatory Fees



Tuition charges are established annually by the Board of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the University.

Mandatory Fees

In addition to tuition, all students pay the following mandatory fees

The student activity fee supports student publications, the student radio station and various other student-related activities. These fees are determined by the students themselves through the student governance process.

The technology fee supports the technology infrastructure and educational environment necessary to meet the technological demands of the UMass Dartmouth community.

Other fee:

The MassPIRG fee, imposed by student vote, is charged each semester, and is waivable through COIN self - service. It supports the activities of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group.


Refunds — Withdrawal from School


A student who registers and commences studies but then withdraws officially from UMass Dartmouth for any reason during an academic semester will be granted a refund according to the refund schedule given later in this section. A student who remits, in advance, a payment of tuition and fees but then does not subsequently register and attend will be given a full refund of tuition and fees.

All refunds are based on official withdrawal notices as dated and processed by the Office of the University Registrar and then forwarded to the Bursar’s Office.

Withdrawal — Return of Financial Aid


Students who withdraw or discontinue attendance during a semester are subject to specific policies regarding the possible return of financial aid funds, in accordance with federal and state mandates. Please see the current specific policies on our web pages at www.umassd.edu/financialaid/policies/

Health Insurance


Students enrolled in a three-quarter time load or higher (9 credits for undergraduate students) are required by state law to be covered by appropriate health insurance. The university provides this insurance and charges a health insurance fee to cover its cost, unless students are already covered by an appropriate insurance program. Students must either enroll in or waive this health insurance using the on-line process within COIN, the campus self-service system. This insurance coverage must meet the Qualifying Student Health Insurance Program guideline and be billable in the local UMass Dartmouth area. Students may not waive with Health Safety Net, MassHealth Limited, Children’s Medical Security Plan or Non U.S. based health plans. Contact the Bursar’s Office or Student Health Office for more information.

The insurance fee covers the cost of enrollment in a program for group health insurance coverage that has been negotiated by the university. Students enrolling in this plan receive full disclosure of the benefits they will receive. Detailed information is available at the Student Health Office or www.universityhealthplans.com. Students enrolled in less than a 3/4-time load are not eligible for this insurance.

International students on a student visa will automatically be enrolled in the UMass Dartmouth Qualifying Student Health Insurance plan. International students who are covered under their embassy insurance, Fulbright, a spouse’s US-based insurance or Commonwealth Care with additional medical evacuation/repatriation insurance should contact the Bursar’s Office to have the insurance waived.

New England Regional Student Program


The university is a member of the New England Regional Student Program. Under this program students from other New England states may receive tuition benefits if a similar program is not available in their home state.

Eligible programs and the schedule of charges are given in tables accompanying the chapter on Admissions.

For more information, contact the Office of the Regional Student Program, New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111; phone 617 357-9620.

Tuition/Fee Credits for Special Groups


Those in certain classifications may receive credits of tuition or fees, some of which are listed here. If you believe you are a member of a group eligible for a credit, please consult the University Enrollment Center or Bursar’s Office.

Students 60 years of age or older who are Massachusetts residents are exempt from tuition and mandatory fee charges if they are meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress. Applications for tuition and fee exemption may be obtained from the Bursar’s Office or University Enrollment Center.

Some categories of state workers may receive credits of tuition, but not of fees. Some categories of veterans may receive credits of tuition, but not of fees.

Program- and Course-Specific Fees


These fees cover costs directly associated with the delivery of instruction, for example: the costs of providing supplies and equipment for scientific laboratories, equipment for instructional computing and art studio supplies.

Engineering Equipment Fee. Students in majors in the College of Engineering will be charged a special fee each semester to assist with the costs of laboratory equipment.

Nursing Instructional Fee. Students in majors in the College of Nursing will be charged a special instructional fee each semester.  

Nursing Exam Preparation Fee. Students enrolled in selected nursing courses require payment of a testing fee for computerized testing in preparation for the licensure exam (NCLEX) upon graduation.

Charlton College of Business Fee. Students in majors in the Charlton College of Business will be charged a special fee each semester to assist with equipment and other instructional costs.

CVPA Specialized Course Support Fee. Students in majors in the College of Visual and Performing Arts will be charged a special fee each semester.

College of Arts and Sciences—Level 1 Program Fee. Students in majors in the Humanities and Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary programs in the College of Arts and Sciences will be charged a special fee to assist with equipment and other instructional costs.

College of Arts and Sciences—Level 2 Program Fee. Students in majors in the Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences will be charged a special fee to assist with equipment and other instructional costs.

Applied Music Course Fee. Applied music courses require payment of a course fee in addition to other tuition and fees. The fee is charged for every registration in one of these courses. Applied Music courses are identified in the Music Department section of this catalog and specific charges are shown in an accompanying table in this chapter.

One-Time Fees


Specific fee amounts are shown in an accompanying table.

Application Fee. Applicants are charged a non-refundable, non-waivable application fee.

Admissions Deposits. Students accepted for admission to the university must reserve a space in the entering class by submitting an admissions deposit. Admitted applicants are given until a stated deadline to submit the deposit, after which date the space reserved for them will be given to another candidate. Prospective students who have a hardship associated with this deadline may discuss that situation with the Director of Admissions. This deposit will be applied towards tuition, upon registration. Complete instructions are given along with the letter of admission. Similarly, a housing reservation deposit is required. This deposit will be applied to the student’s housing charges, upon registration.

Orientation Fee. All incoming freshman, transfer and international students (all levels) pay an orientation fee to help defray the expenses of the New Student Orientation Program. Freshmen attend a two-day, overnight program, and transfer students participate in an online orientation program.

International Student Fee. This fee is to support the infrastructure required to maintain university compliance requirements for the admission, enrollment, and retention of international students.

Transcript Fee. Paid the first semester one is in attendance as a degree student, this fee provides life-time transcripts at no charge and supports availability of advising transcripts.  Non-degree students are charged $10/per semester of enrollment.

Withdrawn on Exchange Fee. Students pay a modest fee in order to remain in active status at the university while engaging in an educational activity under the university’s sponsorship but at a different location, such as study abroad.

Readmission Fee. Applicants for readmission are charged a readmission fee. The fee, which covers the costs associated with processing the application, is to be paid before the student’s file is forwarded to the department for consideration. Policies regarding readmission and leave of absence are covered in the chapter on Academic Regulations and Procedures.

Graduation Fee. Students pay this fee in their last semester prior to receiving a degree to help defray costs associated with graduation and commencement. An additional portion provides a one-year membership in the Alumni Association. A refund of the Alumni Association membership fee portion may be obtained by those not wishing to participate, if request is made to the Bursar or the University Enrollment Center.

Books and Supplies. Costs for books and supplies vary with the habits of the individual as well as with the nature of each student’s academic program. The following information may provide a general guideline, for planning.

$600 per semester for books and supplies is an estimated or typical amount. Generally, books cost more in the scientific and technical fields. First-year engineering students have additional expenses for engineering drawing equipment and related materials. Students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts will incur some additional expenses for art supplies.

Students registered in clinical nursing courses have an additional expense for uniforms. Medical Laboratory Science seniors in the Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) and Biotechnology options will have additional expenses for second semester practicum experience. These expenses include transportation and may also include living arrangements, depending on the practicum assignment.

Seniors in CLS are also required to update health and immunization records prior to the start of the clinical practicum. This usually requires a visit to a physician and may also require laboratory testing to validate immune status and/or updated vaccinations.

Payment Financing


The university makes available the services of private financing programs to assist those students who wish to spread their tuition and fee payments out rather than paying the entire amount at the beginning of the term. Contact information is available from the Bursar Office or the University Enrollment Center.

Residency Requirements for Tuition


Massachusetts “resident students” pay in-state tuition and fee charges. Others pay out-of-state charges. Students who are residents of specified New England states and who are registered in certain, specific programs may qualify to receive a substantial reduction of the non-resident tuition charge through the New England Regional Student Program. The full regulations on determining residency are included at the end of this chapter; what follows is a brief overview.

To be deemed Massachusetts residents, students (or their parents, if they are financially dependent on them) must have maintained a legal domicile in the state for the entire duration of the year prior to the commencement of the academic semester (or longer); and they must have resided in the state during this year for purposes other than attending an educational institution. Those who do not meet the conditions are considered out-of-state or non-resident students. Students at a certain degree level, e.g., undergraduate, may retain in-state residency during continuous attendance at the institution, until attainment of the degree for which s/he is enrolled.

Students whose situation changes may request a determination of in-state residency by filing the residency reclassification form and submitting appropriate documentation. A similar process is used to contest an initial residency determination. Appeals are heard by a campus Residency Appeal Committee, which makes the final residency determination. Questions on residency policies, and requests for reconsideration and the appeals process, are handled by the Office of University Registrar, phone 508.999.8623.

Any student who undertakes university study under a non-resident temporary student visa (having been issued a form I-20 or IAP-66 by us) must pay the out-of-state rate for application fee and tuition charges. This remains in force for the duration of the student’s attendance at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for as long as the individual remains an international student on a non-resident visa.

Room and Board Charges


Students of the university who live on-campus are offered a number of plans. Specifics of each plan are available from the Office of Housing and Residential Life, and are summarized in the chapter on the Campus Experience. Further details and instructions for reserving a space are mailed to every applicant who has been accepted for housing. The costs for the different plans are listed in an accompanying table.

Tables of Charges


Charges Per Credit per Semester
2016-2017 Rates

At 12 credits the charge will be at a maximum. Credits above 12 are added at no additional charge. The charges shown here do not include non-mandatory fees, course/college fees, housing, books/supplies or personal expenses.

  Undergrad. Grad.
Massachusetts Residents    
Tuition 532.63 624.75
Student Activity Fee 6.46 6.46
Technology Fee 10.42 10.42
Total 549.51 641.63
Non-Massachusetts Residents    
Tuition 1,127.83 1,127.83
Student Activity Fee 6.46 6.46
Technology Fee 10.42 10.42
Total 1,144.71 1,144.71
Proximity or Regional Student Program    
Tuition 720.54 793.85
Student Activity Fee 6.46 6.46
Technology Fee 10.42 10.42
Total 737.42 810.73

Annual Campus Housing Charges
2016-2017 Charges

Platinum Plan with Double Room 12,470
Gold Plan with Double Room 12,296
Silver Plan with Double Room 12,296
Single Cedar Dell, A room 8,785
Single Cedar Dell, B,C,D,E,F room 8,939
Single Room 8,897
Oak Glen/Pine Dale 8,466
Triple/Quad Rooms 7,942
New apts, single 4 bedroom 9,337
New apts, single 2 bedroom 10,176

Refund of charges for on-campus meals and housing is governed by the terms of the housing contract.

One-Time and Individual Fees and Charges
2016-2017 Charges

Application Fee
  Massachusetts residents 60
  Non-Massachusetts residents 65
Admissions Deposit
  (applied toward tuition upon matriculation) 200
Transcript fee (one-time payment, all degree students) 100
Semester Transcript fee (all non-degree students) 10
Readmission Fee 60
International Student Fee 260/semester
Withdrawn on Exchange Fee 250 /semester
Withdrawn on Exchange Fee (Co-op Students) 105 to 305/semester
Program Continuation Fee 250 /semester
Mass-PIRG Fee (waivable) 9 /semester
Health Insurance Plan 2,168 /year
Charlton College of Business Fee 220.50 /semester
College of Arts and Science—Level 1 Program Fee 201 /semester
College of Arts and Science—Level 2 Program Fee (Sciences) 402.50/semester
CVPA Specialized Course Support Fee 425.50 /semester
Engineering Equipment Fee 402.50 /semester
Nursing Instructional Fee 363 /semester
SMAST Program Fee 374 /semester

Applied Music Course Fee

  Individual course 643 /course
  Group course 328 /course
Orientation Fee
  New freshmen 260
  New transfers 150
  New international students (all levels including graduate) 260
Graduation Fee
  For commencement costs 180
  Alumni Association one-year membership (refundable) 20

Refund Schedule

A student who registers and commences studies, but then withdraws officially from UMass Dartmouth for any reason during an academic semester, will be granted a refund according to the refund schedule given on the following page. A student who remits, in advance, a payment of tuition and fees but then does not subsequently register and attend, will be given full refund of tuition and fees. All refunds are based on official withdrawal notices as dated and processed by the Office of the University Registrar and then forwarded to the Bursar’s Office.

Percentage and type of refund, upon Official Withdrawal from UMass Dartmouth

Prior to first day and through to end of publicized drop/add period each semester 100% tuition and all fees
During second week (next 5 class days) 90% tuition
During third week (next 5 class days) 70% tuition
During fourth week (next 5 class days) 50% tuition
After fourth week No refund of charges

Official Withdrawal is defined in the chapter on Academic Regulations and Procedures, applying to the regular courses of the university. University Extension has a separate fee schedule, billing process and refund schedule.

One-time fees, such as the application, orientation fees and college fees, are not refunded.

Financial Aid


UMass Dartmouth awards financial aid based upon federal, state and institutional guidelines, and determines eligibility by using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial assistance may be available in the form of need-based grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs. Loans are also available to students and families who do not qualify for need-based aid.

The Office of Financial Aid Services is committed to helping applicants and students with all phases of the application and award process. The office provides guidance in helping applicants through the process; however, it is the responsibility of the student to obtain the necessary forms and instructions from Financial Aid Services, to fill out all required forms accurately, to supply all necessary information and to meet all applicable deadlines. All forms and policies regarding financial aid may be found at www.umassd.edu/financialaid/

Students experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties at any time or who have questions concerning financial aid should contact the University Enrollment Center at 508.999.8857 or the Office of Financial Aid Services at 508.999.8643.

Application Process

Application for all need-based aid programs is made by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Certain non-need parent and student loans also require submission of the FAFSA.

Early application is strongly encouraged. The priority filing date for the FAFSA is on or before March 1st, with UMass Dartmouth included in the list of schools. The UMass Dartmouth school code is 002210.

Filing on or before March 1st means that you will receive maximum consideration for grants, loans, and student employment. If you or your family has not filed income taxes by March 1, you should use estimated income information to meet the priority consideration date. The FAFSA web site is www.fafsa.ed.gov. The amount and types of financial aid awarded depends upon the availability of funds, the number of eligible applicants, the date your financial aid file is completed, and your calculated eligibility.

Students must be admitted to a degree program before eligibility can be determined for financial aid. Graduate students and second-degree students are not eligible for federal or state grant programs. Students enrolling for less than full-time study may receive limited funding.

Students receiving need-based financial assistance are subject to requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress. These requirements are outlined online at www.umassd.edu/financialaid/policies/


The university offers many scholarships which originate from a variety of sources. A listing of UMass Dartmouth scholarship opportunities is accessible online at www.umassd.edu/financialaid/scholarships. Included are merit-based scholarships, need-based scholarships, or a combination of both, which are often targeted for particular types of students. Each scholarship lists eligibility requirements and application process. Scholarship deadline each year for most scholarships is March 1 for consideration for the following academic year. Email notification will be sent to all students announcing scholarship applications when they are available.

In addition, other merit-based scholarships are offered competitively to entering freshman and transfer students on the basis of academic achievement and evidence of intellectual and personal creativity. Information about these programs is available from the Office of Admissions.

Student Employment

Many students at the university choose campus employment as a way to gain valuable work experience as well as a chance to earn money. Because they are employed in nearly all departments, students are an integral part of UMass Dartmouth’s work force. Student employees perform all aspects of university functions including research, clerical, athletics, academic affairs, student affairs, public safety, arts, media, design and maintenance.

The Student Employment Office administers both Federal Work Study and Non-Work Study programs. Federal Work Study is part of a student’s financial aid package. Eligibility is determined based upon the information filed on the student’s FAFSA. The amount of the student’s award depends on the extent of financial need and available funds. A Federal Work Study award is an indicator only of eligibility to apply for a Federal Work Study job, not a guarantee of employment. Students who are not awarded Federal Work Study are still eligible to apply for non-work study positions.

The Student Employment office maintains an online database listing all student positions. Students can search through job listings and apply to jobs that match their interests and qualifications. Many kinds of on-campus work study assignments are available, and off-campus work study is also available through the Community Service Learning Program.

The Student Employment office is located within the Financial Services Office on the first floor of the Foster Administration Building and may be contacted by phone at 508.999.8647 or email stuemployment@umassd.edu.  More information about Student Employment and job listings may be found at  www.umassd.edu/financialaid/studentemployment/ .

Regulations Governing Residency for Tuition Purposes


These rules and regulations, approved by the University’s Board of Trustees, are current as of publication. They apply to the classification of students at the University of Massachusetts as Massachusetts or non-Massachusetts students for tuition and fee purposes. They apply both to degree and non-degree students.

Part 1. Definitions

1.1 “Academic period” shall mean a term or semester in an academic year or a summer session, as prescribed by the Board of Trustees or under their authority.

1.2 “Continuous attendance” shall mean enrollment at the university for the normal academic year in each calendar year, or the appropriate portion or portions of such academic year as prescribed by the Board of Trustees or under their authority.

1.3 “Emancipated person,” for the purposes of residency classification for tuition, shall mean a person who has attained the age of 18 years and is financially independent of his or her parents, or if under 18 years of age:

  1. whose parents have entirely surrendered the right to the care, custody and earnings of such person and who no longer are under any legal obligation to support or maintain such person; or
  2. a person who is legally married, or
  3. a person who has no parent. If none of the aforesaid definitions apply, said person shall be deemed an “unemancipated person.”

1.4 “Parent” shall mean

  1. the person’s father and mother, jointly;
  2. if the person’s father is deceased, the person’s mother; if the person’s mother is deceased, the person’s father;
  3. if a legal guardian has been appointed by a court having jurisdiction, the legal guardian;
  4. if neither the father nor mother is living and no legal guardian has been appointed, the person who then stands in loco parentis to the person;
  5. if the father and mother are divorced, separated or unmarried, the parent who has been awarded legal custody of the person; or if legal custody has not been awarded, the parent with whom the person lives. With respect to any adopted student, the word “adoptive” should be inserted before the words “father” and “mother” wherever used.

1.5 “Reside,” “residency,” or “resident” shall mean “domicile,” i.e., a person’s true, fixed and permanent home or place of habitation, where he or she intends to remain permanently.

Part II. Classification

2.1 For the purpose of assessing tuition and fees, each student shall be classified as a “Massachusetts resident” or a “non-Massachusetts resident.” A person shall be classified as a Massachusetts resident if he or she (or the parent of an unemancipated student) shall have resided in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for purposes other than attending an educational institution for twelve months immediately preceding the student’s entry or reentry as a student.

Physical presence for this entire twelve-month period need not be required as long as the conduct of an individual, taken in total, manifests an intention to make Massachusetts his or her permanent dwelling place.

Part III. Determination of Residency

3.1 Proof of Residency

  1. Each case will be decided on the basis of all facts submitted with qualitative rather than quantitative emphasis. A number of factors are required for residency to determine the intention of the person to maintain permanent residence in Massachusetts. No single index is decisive. The burden of proof rests on the student seeking classification as a Massachusetts resident.
  2. The following shall be primary indicia of residency:
    1. For an unemancipated person, the residency of parents, having custody, within Massachusetts
    2. Certified copies of federal and state income tax returns
    3. Permanent employment in a position not normally filled by a student
    4. Reliance on Massachusetts sources for financial support
    5. Former residency in Massachusetts and maintenance of significant connections there while absent.
  3. The following shall be secondary indicia of residence, to be considered of less weight than the indicia listed above in subsection b:
    1. Continuous physical presence in Massachusetts during periods when not an enrolled student;
    2. Military home of record
    3. All other material of whatever kind or source which may have a bearing on determining residency.

3.2 Proof of Emancipation. A student asserting that he or she is an emancipated person shall furnish evidence to support such assertion. Such evidence may include:

  1. Birth certificate or any other legal document that shows place and date of birth;
  2. Legal guardianship papers — court appointment and termination must be submitted;
  3. Statements of the person, his or her parent(s), guardian(s) or others certifying no financial support;
  4. Certified copies of federal and state income tax returns filed by the person and his or her parent(s);
  5. Where none of the foregoing can be provided an affidavit of the emancipated person in explanation thereof and stating fully the grounds supporting the claim of emancipation.

3.3 Presumptions, etc.

  1. Residency is not acquired by mere physical presence in Massachusetts while the person is enrolled in an institution of higher education. (See Section 2.1)
  2. A person having his or her residency elsewhere than in Massachusetts shall not be eligible for classification as a Massachusetts resident for tuition purposes except as herein provided.
    1. Any person who is registered at the university as a Massachusetts resident shall be eligible for continued classification as a Massachusetts resident for tuition purposes (until attainment of the degree for which he or she is enrolled) during continuous attendance at the institution.
    2. The spouse of any person who is classified or is eligible for classification as “Massachusetts resident” is likewise eligible for classification as a “Massachusetts resident.” This provision will not apply in the case of a spouse in the United States on a non-immigrant visa.
    3. A person who is an immigrant/permanent resident of the United States (or has applied for such status) is eligible to be considered for Massachusetts residency for tuition purposes provided that s/he meets the same requirements for establishing residency in Massachusetts as are required of a United States citizen. A non-citizen who is in (or who has applied for) refugee/ asylum status is likewise eligible to be considered for Massachusetts residency for tuition purposes provided that s/he meets the same requirements for establishing residency in Massachusetts as are required of a United States citizen. All non-citizens must provide appropriate documentation to verify their status with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.
    4. Those students whose higher educational pursuits are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Welfare, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Department or any of the other Commonwealth of Massachusetts public assistance programs.
  3. A person does not gain or lose instate status solely by reason of his or her presence in any state or country while a member of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  4. For the purposes of this policy the following persons shall be presumed to be Massachusetts residents:
    1. A member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is stationed in Massachusetts on active duty pursuant to military orders, his or her spouse and dependent students.
    2. Full-time faculty, professional staff and classified staff employees of the university of Massachusetts system and their spouses and dependent students.

Part IV. Appeals

4.1 Any student or applicant who is unwilling to accept the initial ruling relative to her or his residency classification, or who wishes to seek reclassification, may file a “Residency Reclassification Form.”

4.2 Any student or applicant who is unwilling to accept the ruling relative to her or his residency reclassification may submit an appeal through the appeal process established by the campus at which that student or applicant seeks reclassification. The decision on appeal is final and may not be appealed further.

4.3 In any case where the Admissions Office is unable to make an initial determination based on the evidence submitted, the applicant may be required to submit a “Residency Reclassification Form” to the admission office for their review before being finally classified as a resident or a nonresident.

Part V. Penalties

Misrepresentation in or omission from any evidence submitted with respect to any fact, which if correctly or completely stated would be grounds to deny classification as a Massachusetts resident, shall be cause for exclusion or expulsion from or other disciplinary action by the university.

Summary of Annual Expenses 2016-2017


Excluding Room and Board

(and excluding individual and one-time expenses)

  Undergraduates   Graduates
Massachusetts Residents    
Tuition 12,783 14,994
Student Activity Fee 155 155
Technology Fee 250 250
Total 13,188 15,399
Non-Massachusetts Residents    
Tuition 27,068 27,068
Student Activity Fee 155 155
Technology Fee 250 250
Total 27,473 27,473
Proximity or Regional Student Program Non-Residents    
Tuition 17,293 19,052.50
Student Activity Fee 155 155
Technology Fee 250 250
Total 17,698 19,457.50

All tuition and fee cost figures are based on enrollment in 12 or more credits each semester.

$600 additional for books and supplies is typical, although different subjects of study have considerable variation. Additional charges also occur through college, department or course-specific fees.

Including Room and Board

(and excluding individual and onetime expenses)

  Undergraduates   Graduates
Massachusetts Residents    
Tuition 12,783 14,994
Student Activity Fee 155 155
Technology Fee 250 250
Room (and Board) *12,470  **9,337
Total 25,658 24,736
Non-Massachusetts Residents    
Tuition 27,068 27,068
Student Activity Fee 155 155
Technology Fee 250 250
Room (and Board) *12,470  **9,337
Total 39,943 36,810
Proximity or Regional Student Program Non-Residents    
Tuition 17,293 19,052.50
Student Activity Fee 155 155
Technology Fee 250 250
Room (and Board) *12,470  **9,337
Total 30,168 28,794.50

*Traditional residence hall double room plus the Platinum plan, the one most commonly selected. See table of meal plans for choices we offer.

**Cedar Dell and Woodland Apartments: Advanced undergraduate housing for upper class students is in the Cedar Dell and Woodland Apartments, the cost for which does not include meals. These are also available to graduate students.