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Financial Aid

Our advisors can help you explore federal student aid and other financing options for your online degree.

UMUC encourages all students to apply for financial aid, regardless of income or whether studying at the undergraduate or graduate school level. 

Our financial aid counselors are here to help you understand the financial aid process and find ways to meet, manage, or lower your education costs.

About Federal Student Aid

Federal student financial aid, available through the U.S. Department of Education, provides loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study opportunities to help cover your college expenses. Eligibility is based on financial need and other factors, including full-time or part-time status and academic progress.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To apply for federal student aid, you'll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will ask you to provide information about you and your family's income and assets.

Be sure to file your FAFSA by the established priority deadlines.

  • If you plan to enroll for the fall term, apply by June 1.
  • If you plan to enroll for the spring term, apply by November 1.
  • If you plan to enroll for the summer term, apply by April 1.
  • Maryland residents should apply by March 1 to be considered for student financial aid from the state of Maryland for the academic year starting that fall.

Cost of Attendance

If you are applying for financial aid, UMUC will estimate your cost of attendance and provide you with a projection of your educational costs, including such fixed costs as tuition and fees and such variable costs as books, transportation, computers, loan fees, and personal expenses. UMUC's Financial Aid Office will also use the estimate to determine your financial need and aid eligibility.

Explore More Financial Aid Resources

View UMUC's financial aid resources, including videos and additional information on types of aid, determining your eligibility, and more.

Contact Me

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Or call 800-888-UMUC (8682) to speak directly with an advisor.

UMUC Helps Students Navigate Financial Aid

Alumna Victoria Kelly discusses how UMUC's advisors helped her through the federal financial aid process.

Military Education Benefits

UMUC's experienced advisors can help you maximize your military education benefits, including

  • Tuition Assistance
  • GI Bill
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program

10 Great Ways to Pay
for Your Education

  1. Interest-Free Monthly Payment Plan
  2. Employer-Provided Tuition Assistance
  3. UMUC Scholarships
  4. Private Scholarships.
  5. Federal Grants
  6. Federal Work Study
  7. Federal Loans
  8. Alternative/Private Loans
  9. Military Benefits
  10. Tax Credits

Learn more about these 10 Great Ways to Pay for Your Education.