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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.   

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BentleyFirst Requirements
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.
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Questions about BentleyFirst?

Frequently Asked Questions
Is the BentleyFirst scholarship renewable?

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.

If I am eligible for the scholarship and I decide to defer my enrollment, can I keep the scholarship?

No. The BentleyFirst scholarship is for First Year students enrolling for fall 2022.

Do I have to be admitted to UMass Amherst to qualify?

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.

Is there any financial aid available in addition to the BentleyFirst Scholarship?

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.

What are the deadlines for admission and financial aid that I need to meet in order to be eligible?

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.

Where can I find more information about the financial aid application requirements?

You can find the steps to apply for Bentley financial aid here.

Can I get help with my financial aid application?

The financial aid staff is happy to help you and your parents complete the financial aid application process.  Find your counselor here.