Important information before you start:
1. To access online GFAF forms in SPIRE, preparers must have completed their FERPA certifications. See About FERPA Certification. Also, your department head must send an email to Debra Britt, email@example.com, listing the names of preparers needing...
Learn how to find and interpret a student's personal and academic information.
Navigate to the Student Services Center page
About the Student Services Center
Look Up a Student's Contact Information, Including Address (PDF*, 94k)
About a Student's Program(s)/Plan(s) (PDF, 103k)...
About Diploma Name and Special Characters
The SPIRE Diploma Name page allows entry of special characters. The allowable special characters are included on the page. Copy a character you want to insert, and paste it into one of the name fields.
Each name field has a 30 character maximum...
Undergraduate students: You can find advising information in the Advisor box on your Student Center in SPIRE.
Graduate students: With some exceptions in the School of Education, your advisor's information is not available through your Student Center in SPIRE. TIP: Use People Finder to find your...
Introduction to QuikPAY
QuikPAY is an e-billing and payment system that allows you to manage your University bill online.
Use QuikPAY to view your University charges, print a PDF copy of your bill, and make a secure online payment. QuikPAY also enables you to set up ‘authorized payers’ (one or...
Students, when you are a due a refund from the University, use SPIRE to choose how you want to receive your refund. Use Excess Express if you want direct deposit of any refund to a USA bank account that you specify. Otherwise, request to receive your refund as a paper check.
If you opt to receive...
You have the option of including a religious preference in SPIRE. Religious preference information is used to notify students about events sponsored by religious organizations on campus. It is not released to any other organization or individual.
You are not required to enter a Religious...
Use SPIRE to update your UMass Amherst meal plan. The options in SPIRE vary to match your situation.
Note: Some meal plan options are available each term for a limited time only. For more information about UMass Amherst meal plans, see UMass Dining.
On your Student Center SPIRE Home page, go to...
If you are a UMass Amherst employee as well as a student, learn how to add/update your UMass Amherst work contact information.
To view and update your work contact information:
In the SPIRE Menu, go to My Personal Information > Work Contact Info. The Work Contact Info page will open,...
About Academic Requirements Reports
Undergraduates, use Academic Requirements reports in SPIRE to check your progress toward earning your degree. The reports show which requirements you have already satisfied and which ones you still need to satisfy in order to graduate.
The reports are Academic...
SPIRE provides you with several options for viewing your Class Schedule:
In the SPIRE Menu:
Go to Student Home > Student Center. Your Student Center includes your schedule for the current week.
Go to Student Home > Class Schedule. The My Class Schedule page lists all the classes...
At the end of each semester, your grades are posted in the Grades area in SPIRE. Use the View My Grades page to check your grades and GPA for all the semesters you’ve been a student at UMass.
In the SPIRE Menu, go to Academics > Grades. The Select Term page will open, listing all the...
Holds can be placed on your record by various offices and departments on campus such as the Library or the Bursar. You can receive a hold for many reasons, like an overdue library fee or outstanding tuition.
Holds may restrict your ability to register for classes, request transcripts...
You want to drop a class from your schedule, and add a different class. Here's why you should swap classes (i.e., replace classes by simultaneously dropping one class and adding another):
Swapping helps you stay within your credit limit.
If the class you wish to add is full, you don't lose...
Special residential programs offered by invitation only to students who have excelled in their major in high school.
Current TAP programs include: Biological Sciences, Computer Science, English, Environmental Sciences, Political Science, and Psychology. Learn more about Talent Advancement...
Use SPIRE to find out what textbooks and other materials are recommended or required for classes you are enrolled in for the current term. Textbook and other materials information is available only:
If a class has required or recommended textbooks and/or other materials. Not every class will...
Federal law requires universities to include information in the online listing of class offerings about textbooks that will be needed for each class. The purpose of the law is to give students an opportunity to plan for this aspect of their educational expenses.
Six queries are available in SPIRE...
Use these handouts to learn about how to run and print reports in SPIRE, including unofficial transcripts and the new Academic Requirements Report.
SPIRE A Staff - Navigate to the Academic Requirements Report
Advisors - Navigate to the Academic Requirements Report
Please visit the University Registrar's Transcripts page to find out how to order, print, or view transcripts.
For help with transcripts, contact Registration/Transcripts Services, 213 Whitmore Administration Building:
Phone: (413) 545-0555
Fax: (413) 545-2920
As a Category Owner, your privilege and responsibility is to administer Tracker Groups for your department, program, organization or yourself. Expect other faculty or staff to enlist your help to create their Groups and to set up their customized field headings or Checklists. Remember that you...