Attend Bentley for the Same Tuition as UMASS Amherst
Education is about opportunity and ensuring that all students have access to a brighter future. Throughout our history, Bentley has demonstrated a commitment to developing programs that increase access to private education and improve the experience of first generation students on our campus. The BentleyFirst program provides a scholarship that meets the difference between the tuition cost at Bentley and UMASS Amherst, offering a private university education for the price of a state institution. This program does not require a separate application and all eligible students who complete their admission and financial aid applications will qualify.
Submit Your Application
|Be a Massachusetts resident planning to graduate from a high school in Massachusetts|
|Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident|
|Apply as a first-year, first-generation* college student for fall 2022|
|Submit a complete financial aid application by the published deadline|
|Have a combined federal adjusted gross parent income of $125,000 or less for 2020|
|Plan to live on campus|
*First-generation is defined as those students whose parents or guardians have not attained a bachelor's degree at a college or university in the United States.
Questions about BentleyFirst?
Yes, the scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters or until you complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first. And, the amount of the scholarship will be adjusted each academic year so that it matches the current tuition difference.
No. The BentleyFirst scholarship is for First Year students enrolling for fall 2022.
No. Our goal is to make Bentley as affordable as a state institution for First Generation students. You don’t have to apply and/or be admitted to UMass Amherst.
Yes. Bentley has an extensive program of both academic scholarship and need-based grants. By combining Bentley grants and scholarships with federal and state financial aid resources, Bentley can be a very affordable option.
Bentley has three separate admission programs (Early Decision I, Early Decision II and Regular Decision). Your deadline will depend on what program you apply through. Here is a link to our application deadlines. The financial aid deadlines are the same as the admission deadlines.
You can find the steps to apply for Bentley financial aid here.
The financial aid staff is happy to help you and your parents complete the financial aid application process. Find your counselor here.