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New England Regional Student Program

New England Residents May Be Eligible for Reduced Tuition

What is the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP)? 

NERSP is a tuition program for out-of-state students with a permanent address in New England. It’s administered by the New England Board of Higher Education, and lowers the overall cost of out-of-state tuition by approximately $6,500. Beginning in the fall of 2019, UMass Lowell will offer the NERSP discount to all New England residents enrolled in any full-time undergraduate degree program. 

Coming Fall 2019 semester

UMass Lowell will offer New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) tuition breaks to all New England residents enrolled in any full-time undergraduate degree program.
  • Students with a permanent residence in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont qualify for the NERSP discount. 
  • No additional application is required. 
  • You’ll still be eligible to apply for financial aid through other sources if you’re accepted into NERSP. 
  • Visit The Solution Center for more information on tuition and fees. 
Register online to receive more information about this program and undergraduate admissions options.
Are you applying for a graduate program?   

Please call Graduate Admissions at 978-934-2390 or send us an email at Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu for a list of NERSP-qualifying graduate programs.

Before Fall 2019

Program Guidelines for Spring Applicants and Current Students
NERSP costs are less than out-of-state costs. Visit The Solution Center for specific information regarding tuition and fees. NERSP-Qualifying Programs are those not offered on public campuses in a student’s home state.

Also known as the Tuition Break, NERSP is coordinated by the New England Board of Higher Education. At UMass Lowell, many of the qualifying programs are nationally recognized.

The details:

  • No additional application is required, but you must indicate your interest in NERSP on the application.
  • You must enroll in a qualified degree program and meet regular admissions criteria.
  • You will be notified by the UMass Lowell Admissions Office if you are granted NERSP status.
  • Students accepted into NERSP are still eligible to apply for financial aid through other sources.

For NERSP-qualifying graduate programs, please contact graduate admissions at 978-934-2390 or email Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu.

Students from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont may qualify for the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) if the program of study is not offered at a public college in their home state. Tuition costs through NERSP-qualifying programs are less than the current out-of-state tuition costs, saving around $5,000 annually. NERSP is coordinated by the New England Board of Higher Education

New England Regional Student Qualifying programs by state

  For Connecticut Residents

  • Computer Engineering
  • Forensic Science
  • Music Business
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Plastics Engineering
  • Radiological Health Physics
  • Sound Recording Technology

  For Maine residents

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Forensic Science
  • Meteorology
  • Music Business
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Plastics Engineering
  • Radiological Health Physics
  • Sound Recording Technology

 For New Hampshire Residents

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Music Business
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Peace & Conflict Studies
  • Plastics Engineering
  • Radiological Health Physics
  • Sound Recording Technology

 For Rhode Island Residents

  • American Studies
  • Community Health Education
  • Meteorology
  • Music Business
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Peace & Conflict Studies
  • Plastics Engineering
  • Radiological Health Physics
  • Sound Recording Technology

 For Vermont Residents

  • American Studies
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Community Health Education
  • Computer Engineering
  • Forensic Science
  • Meteorology
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Peace & Conflict Studies
  • Plastics Engineering
  • Sound Recording Technology
  • Radiological Health Physics