Frequently Asked Questions
When do I register for classes?
All first-year students take the same courses in the first semester of their first year. Your first semester registration is handled by the Graduate School office and the office of the Registrar. After your first semester, you will receive information regarding registration dates and course descriptions for each semester. In future semester, students who do not register on time will be assessed a $100 late fee.
How much are tuition and fees?
Tuition and fees for all graduate students are waived.
How do I know if I qualify as a Massachusetts resident?
Although tuition and fees are waived, it is important for the Graduate School and the Bursar's office to know whether you are enrolled as a Massachusetts resident during your graduate work. You must fill out a Proof of Residency form prior to your start. Students typically qualify as Massachusetts residents if they live in the state for one year prior to matriculation for purposes other than schooling or if their family has Massachusetts residency and they have left the state for schooling and not established residency elsewhere. Your classification as a Massachusetts resident or non-resident is established at the time of your matriculation and will not change during your time in the graduate school.
If you are on a visa you are a non-Massachusetts resident.
When and where do I get my student ID card?
Student IDs are obtained at the Public Safety office on Level A of the main Medical School building. Students will go to Public Safety during Orientation to get their ID card.
When and where do I get a parking pass?
You may get an annual parking pass at Orientation from the Public Safety office on Level A of the main Medical School building (the same place ID badges are obtained). First year students are required to park in UMMS-designated off-campus lots and ride the shuttle to and from campus. There is no fee for this parking. Please see the Shuttle Directions and the Shuttle Lots Maps. For Orientation, you should park in visitor parking and get your annual parking pass at the Public Safety office on Level A. They will validate your parking ticket so that you won't have to pay for that day.
How do I get an email account?
A umassmed.edu email account will be established for you. You will receive an email from Informatin Services or from the Registrar with instrucitons on how to activate your account. If you haven's received this email by July 1, please contact Ginna Behn at email@example.com.
As an international student, do I need to meet with anyone at the university upon my arrival?
Once you arrive in Worcester, you should plan to meet with the Immigration Services Office as soon as possible. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
What is the student stipend?
The annual stipend for the Academic Year 2012-13 for GSBS students is $29,500. This is treated as taxable income. Completed tax forms are required to declare Federal and State deductions, if any, that you will be taking. Stipends are not taxed for Social Security or Medicare. International Students: Some countries may be “Tax Exempt” and you should contact the Immigration Services department for that information. Depending on how many deductions are taken, take home pay will range between $1,700 - $1,800 per month.
What kind of insurance benefits are offered?
All full time GSBS students receive health, dental and disability insurance. The premiums are paid by the Graduate School office. Insurance for spouses or dependents is available at additional cost to the student. If you already have adequate health insurance coverage from another source (spouse, parent, etc.), you can be reimbursed for your coverage up to the cost of the UMMS student health insurance plan. Contact the Graduate Office for more information.
Please note that enrollment in dental insurance is not automatic. You will receive an email this summer with instructions on how to enroll in dental insurance.