APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED.
FACULTY AND STUDENTS TOGETHER
BELIEVE IN STUDENTS FAST FUND
AN EMERGENCY FUND FOR UMASS AMHERST STUDENTS
"In my time of need the FAST Fund was able to help me out with unexpected living expenses that came up due to the global COVID 19 pandemic. They were very communicative and provided me assistance in less than 24 hours."
ABOUT THE FAST FUND
The FAST Fund at UMass is an emergency fund for undergraduate students who need assistance with their essential needs. We provide quick financial support to students with a minimum of red tape.
The FAST Fund at UMass is a part of Believe in Students, Inc., a national non-profit that recognizes the access to food and housing are instrumental to a student's academic success.
33% of 4-year college students in Massachusetts report very low food security.
32% of 4-year college students in Massachusetts report housing insecurity.
10% of 4-year college students in Massachusetts experience homelessness.
In Massachusetts and across the U.S., students who experience housing and/or food insecurity are more likely to struggle with depression, more likely to miss class, and more likely to limit their educational aspirations.
FAST FUND Q&A
Who can apply?
The FAST Fund is available to all undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst regardless of immigration status.
What is required?
Applicants must complete the online application
You will be asked for a reference from an instructor or UMass staff member who supports your request.
What does the FAST Fund provide?
We provide small grants to help students facing food insecurity and/or housing insecurity. We also provide assistance for other unanticipated expenses that impact the successful completion of classes such as phone and internet expenses.
When possible, payments are made to the landlord, internet service provider, etc. When this is not feasible, direct cash assistance may be provided.
Who manages the UMass FAST Fund?
The UMass FAST Fund is managed by Linda Ziegenbein.
support the fast fund at UMass
The FAST Fund at UMass is a revolving fund with zero administrative expenses. This means that the entirety of your donation will go to where you intend it to, the students who need it most.
All donations are tax-deductible and processed through Believe in Students, Inc.
Donate online via PayPal (please enter "UMass FAST Fund" in the 'Notes' field.)
Donate By Mail
Mail checks payable to Believe in Students, Inc. to
Believe in Students, Inc.
c/o Richard Binswanger
272 Brandywine Drive
West Chester, PA 19382
Please note "UMass FAST Fund" on the subject line.
"As a result of the generosity of this program, I am able to keep my phone bill paid and maintain myself throughout this terrible time. Without this support I would definitely be in a much tougher position."
The FAST Fund is administered by Believe in Students, Inc. a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. EIN 81-3612875