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New England Regional Student Program

Reduced Tuition Program for New England Residents

Qualifying Programs of the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) are specific programs not offered on the student's New England, home-state, public college or university campus.

Tuition costs through NERSP-Qualifying Programs are less than the current out-of-state tuition costs.

Also known as the Apple Program, NERSP is coordinated by the New England Board of Higher Education. At UMass Lowell, many of the programs that qualify are nationally recognized.


  • No additional application is necessary, but you must contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to indicate your interest.
  • You must be enrolled in a qualifying degree or certificate program.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.

Qualifying Programs at UMass Lowell: