Financial Aid Tips and FAQs

Tips for New and Current Students

Important factors regarding federal loan funding:

  • Enrollment: You must be enrolled in at least half-time status to be eligible for federal loan funding.
  • Disbursements: Loan disbursements will be made no sooner than 10 days prior to the start of classes for the session in which you have reached half-time status.
  • Pell Grant updates: If you are eligible for a Pell Grant, your grant award will be based on your active enrollment registration. Pell grants will be updated throughout the semester to reflect your enrollment.

Frequently Asked Questions

I just submitted the last checklist item on my "To Do" list in MyUMUC. When can I expect my financial aid review to be complete?

A review will occur within 7-10 business days after all of the items on your checklist have been completed.

When will my loans disburse?

Loan disbursements will be made no sooner than 10 days prior to the start of your active half-time enrollment for the semester. Example: You are an undergraduate student enrolled in two 3-credit courses. One class starts January 26, 2014; the other starts March 21, 2014. Provided that all paperwork and checklist items have been completed, your loans should disburse 10 days prior to March 21, the official day that you become actively enrolled as a half-time student.

When will my Pell Grant be updated to reflect my registration?

Your Pell Grant will be updated throughout the semester, approximately a week after sessions begin. Example: You may find that your current Pell Grant is based on half-time status, but you are registered full-time. Once your classes begin later into the semester, we will update your Pell Grant to reflect your active enrollment status.

When will my Pell Grant disburse to my account?

Pell Grant disbursements occur about a week or two after the start of your class. Pell Grant disbursements will automatically calculate after your classes have started to match your active enrollment.

Example: If you are awarded a Pell Grant for half-time status and you are enrolled in one 3-credit class that begins on January 24 and a second 3-credit class that begins on February 2,  your Pell Grant will calculate after the start of the January 24 class and disburse 3 credits worth of Pell Grant. After the February 2 class begins, your Pell Grant will recalculate and disburse another 3 credits worth of Pell Grant.

Why do I have to provide UMUC with tax information and/or financial documents?

When students are selected for verification, the university is required to verify that the information on their FAFSA application matches their income tax, financial, and other household information. Please respond to any request on your MyUMUC to-do list in a timely manner. Read more information about UMUC’s Title IV verification Policy.

Can I get financial aid assistance for books?

Book vouchers are available, however be advised that many UMUC courses will not require you to purchase books or other materials. Please check your class syllabi for information specific to your courses. Book voucher requests cannot be canceled. If you request a book voucher and only use a portion of the funds, UMUC must wait until the end of the semester to reconcile your account and refund the unused funds to you. You can apply for a book allowance through MyUMUC.

How long does it take to receive a refund?

Once your financial aid disburses to your account and pays any outstanding tuition or fees, any funds in excess of your charges will be refunded to you. Read more about refunds.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

UMUC reviews all student records to determine who is eligible to apply for a scholarship and then invites those students to apply through MyUMUC. Learn more about UMUC’s eligibility requirements for scholarships.

How do I check the status of my scholarship application?

Scholarship awarding will begin immediately after the July 15 priority filing deadline and will continue until funds are exhausted. Please remember that applying for a scholarship does not guarantee you will receive one. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive a congratulatory letter via e-mail after you are awarded. All applicants will receive notification of the awarding decision by the end of August.

I am receiving a scholarship and/or grant from Maryland Higher Education. When will the funds be applied to my account?

For most Maryland Higher Education scholarships and/or grants, the funds will disburse to your account on the first disbursement date after the start date of the course which fulfills the enrollment requirement for your award.

Example: If you are an undergraduate student who receives a grant that requires full-time enrollment, and three of your courses (9 credits) begin on September 1, but your fourth course (3 credits) doesn’t begin until October 1, your grant will disburse on the first disbursement date after October 1.

I submitted a financial aid SAP appeal. When will I be notified if I was approved or denied?

Once your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal has been received, it is forwarded to a counselor for review. If additional documentation is required, you will be notified by e-mail. If all required documentation has been received, you will receive an e-mail once a decision has been made in regard to your appeal, generally within 10 business days.

What is Return of Title IV Funds or R2T4?

Federal student aid is awarded under the assumption that you will be enrolled for a specified period of time, such as a semester, and successfully complete all of your scheduled classes. When you receive these funds but do not enroll or complete all of your classes as expected, the Financial Aid office is required to determine your last day of participation and calculate the earned portion of the financial aid awarded to you. Read more about UMUC’s R2T4 policy.

I’m graduating in the fall. How can I receive an adjustment to my aid?

If you may be graduating at the end of the fall semester, please contact Graduation Services to have your graduation date updated. Once the date is updated, you may submit a case through to alert the Financial Aid Office of this recent update. We will then review your account and eligibility for a fall award only.