Applying for financial aid doesn't need to be stressful—most of the forms you need to apply are easily available online. Here's how to navigate the financial aid process effectively as a student at University of Maryland University College.
Determine Your Financial Aid Eligibility
Eligibility for federal student aid is determined on the basis of financial need as well as several other factors. An eligible applicant must satisfy the following criteria:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Have a valid Social Security number
- Register with the Selective Service (males between the age of 18 and 25)
- Not have been convicted under Federal or state law of the sale or possession of drugs while receiving Federal financial aid
- Be enrolled and working toward a degree or eligible certificate
Possess a high school diploma or General Education Development certificate, also known as a GED
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) while in school (review the undergraduate SAP policy or graduate SAP policy)
Complete the FAFSA
For priority consideration, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA, must be received by the established priority deadlines: June 1 (fall), November 1 (spring), and April 1 (summer). While no award for financial aid can be given until you have been admitted to UMUC, please do not wait until you receive your admission decision to submit the FAFSA. On your application, please indicate UMUC's school code: 011644. You'll need to include this information on your application to ensure we receive a copy of your FAFSA. You will be prompted to create an ID number once you log on to the FAFSA website.