UMass students face extra fees on top of tuition

As students across the South Coast head back to college for the start of the semester, many aren’t looking forward to one major aspect of college life: paying their tuition.

It’s no secret that the cost of tuition is astronomical, but additional fees — even at publicly funded schools like UMass Dartmouth — can make those tuition fees seem low. Most who attend state universities do so to save money, but even going to a school in your home state can be financially stressful.

Here’s how much full-time students at UMass Dartmouth and UMass Amherst should pay.

How much does it cost to go to school in the UMass system?

Meal plans are required and additional fees apply for both first and last year at universities.

Many costs depend on each student’s situation. For example, for a nursing student at UMass Amherst, there is a fee of $75 per credit for each nursing course. In addition, several other fees are related to this field of study, including $300 for clinical expenses (drug test, fingerprints, student liability insurance), $500 for software and books, $300 for uniforms and equipment and $800 for NCLEX test preparation. The approximate total additional fee for nursing students, not including course credit fees, is approximately $1,900.

This is in addition to the estimated additional fees of $1,300 for each UMass Amherst student. These fees are detailed below.

When students in the UMass system were asked if they found it difficult to pay for their tuition and/or if they thought their education was expensive, they shared their experiences.

“Absolutely, especially because it’s a ‘public university’. I had to find ways to offset the cost [by] become RA, loans, etc. My parents help me out so I’m not completely on my own financially,” said Jarius Kidd, a junior at UMass Amherst.

“Yeah, one hundred percent, it’s very expensive and expensive when I’m working a whole job and being a full-time student,” said Tiago Boia, a sophomore at UMass Dartmouth. He also explained that with his job and helping his father, Boia works more than 20 hours a week while studying.

Here is the approximate cost each semester for a typical in-state student attending the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 school year (living in a standard double room and purchasing an “unlimited” meal plan):

The cost of UMass Amherst:

Tuition – $7,895.50

Living – $3,805.50

Meals (“Unlimited Plan”) – $3,045.00

Basic Meal Plan – $2,992.00

Health insurance (cancellable) – $992.50

Parking permit – between $170 and $249.00


Technology – $200.00

Student Activities Fund – $124.00

MassPIRG (exempt) – $11.00

Freshman – $485.00

Start – $110.00

Total for tuition, room and board: $14,746.00

Total additional fees (during a normal semester, without waiving fees): $1,316.50 + $14,746.00 = $16,073.50

The cost of UMass Dartmouth:

Tuition – $6,916.50

Living – between $5,053.50 and $5,198.50

Meals (“Unlimited Plan”) – $2,714.00

Health insurance (exempt) – $1,452.50

Parking permit – $107.50


Technology – $200.00

Student Activity Fund – $87.50

MassPIRG (optional) – $9.00

Freshman – $270.00

Start – $195.00

Total for tuition, room and board: $14,756.50

Total additional fees (during a normal semester, without waiving fees): $1,749 + $14,756.50 = $16,505.50

Community College a more affordable option for some

Some high school students consider community college options to offset higher education costs.

“In my experience, it’s cheaper than the money you would pay to go to a state college and with the ability to apply for and receive scholarships, it helps lower tuition even further. and fees,” said Marissa Sebastiao, a second-year student at Bristol Community College.

Academic officials at UMass Amherst and UMass Dartmouth did not respond to a request for comment.

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