Grad Employee Wellness


You go to the gym, we reimburse you

up to $190...

It's that simple!

NEW! Wellness Benefits for Grad Employees have Expanded due to COVID-19. Click for info.

The Wellness Reimbursement
Eligible Wellness Activities

If you're eligible for Trust Fund benefits, you can submit a valid receipt to be reimbursed for up to $190 per plan year towards expenses for exercise or fitness programs. Valid receipts are for activities which take place primarily within the plan year (Oct 1-Sept 30 of each year) but receipts are due by June 30th of each year. Valid receipts are dated, clearly show the name of the institution to which fees were paid and the period for which they were paid and examples include: a dated receipt from the gym with the total paid, a copy of your bank statements with dates and identifiable charges to the gym, copies of cancelled checks, etc. Check copies are not valid receipts. Please redact your account information if you submit bank statements or cancelled check copies.

Who is eligible
Prepaid Memberships

Only charges for the eligible graduate employee can be reimbursed--charges for family members are not eligible.  Receipts for family gym memberships will be prorated for the eligible individual.

Find out more about our prepaid benefit options at Central Rock Gym and The Healing ZONE by clicking here.

How to submit your receipt
How & when you'll be reimbursed

Complete an online application at You will then submit your receipt either by:

--uploading it on our website

--emailing it to lisa (at ) uawumasstrustfund (dot org)

--faxing it to (866) 795-2684


As of October 1,  2015, we no longer accept hand submitted or hard copy receipts.

1) Emailed Check: provide your email and you'll receive an email with a check image that can be printed and deposited or deposited online at your bank.

2) PayPal: provide the email/phone number associated with your PayPal account and you'll receive notice when your payment is available.

3) distribution: provide the email associated with your account and we'll disperse your reimbursement into your account for use on purchases on the site. 

Eligible activities promote fitness and stress reduction through physical exercise. Examples include: gyms, yoga, pilates, aerobics and martial arts, golf, skiing, tennis court fees and ice rental fees for related sport, road race/endurance courses, weight loss programs with fitness components, intramural sports, workout program DVDs, personal coaching/fitness tracking devices (excludes accessories and only 1 per person per plan year), fitness apps, state & national park passes and camping fees.

Both on campus and off-campus programs are eligible. Yearly membership fees, monthly service fees, locker fees and on-site equipment rentals required for the activity are eligible; late fees are not.


Activities that aren't eligible include: massage, acupuncture, health costs, spa treatments, facials, and equipment purchases. Receipts for family members or other individuals are not eligible.


Special Circumstances

Individuals who have special medical or disability needs and have requests that certain adaptive programs be deemed eligible may submit requests on a case by case basis. Documentation supporting the request must be provided and final approval is per the decision of the Trustees.

For month-to-month memberships
Ideas for using your reimbursement

If you pay on a monthly basis, only charges dated after 10/1/19 are eligible.  Please plan accordingly as we only accept two submissions per year--you can group receipts together and submit them in two batches, making sure to submit your final batch as close to the deadline as possible to maximize your reimbursed charges.

Semester/Yearly memberships

If you purchase semester or yearly plans, a majority of the months represented on the receipt must fall within the plan year to be eligible (i.e. though dated in Sept, UMass Fall 2019 gym receipts are eligible for plan year 2019-20; receipts for the previous summer are not).

This is just a partial list of places our members use their wellness reimbursement.  All receipts for places that meet the criteria for the reimbursement will be honored.

UMass Recreation Center

UMass BodyShop                                          

Newmass Yoga

Amherst Leisure Services                             

The Aerobics and Fitness Studio

Central Rock Gym                                          

YMCA Greenfield

Nirvana Yoga                                    

Hampshire Regional YMCA

Amherst Ballet                                                

Hampshire Athletic Club

Shaina Belly Dance


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