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.
Step 1: 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 while in school
Step 2: 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.
For more information on completing the FAFSA, please watch the Financial Aid TV FAFSA tutorial for first-time filers, located at the bottom of this page.
Maryland residents may also apply for aid from the Maryland Higher Education Commission by including UMUC's school code (011644) on the FAFSA. For more information about state aid, please visit MHEC's website.
To ensure you accurately complete your FAFSA, we recommend having a copy of your 2015 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ on hand to correctly transfer the figures from your return onto your FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, you will also need a copy of your parents' 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ to complete this form. Students who are married but filed separately should complete their FAFSA using both individuals' tax information. We also recommend having your W-2 forms available. This will help you accurately list your income.
Upon completion of your FAFSA, we highly recommend you request a tax return transcript from the IRS or an official letter of non-filing if you did not file taxes in 2015. If the Department of Education selects your FAFSA for verification, having this this information already processing with the Internal Revenue Service could help expedite the processing of your application at UMUC. These forms should ONLY be sent to UMUC is requested. If unnecessary information is sent to UMUC that we did not request, this will delay the processing of your application. Please see UMUC's financial aid policies for more details.