Your Financial Aid Options
You don't have to navigate financial aid alone. University of Maryland University College is committed to helping you find ways to meet, manage, and lower your education costs through a variety of financing and payment options. Take time to explore the various options below, so you can decide which ones are the best fit for your life and budget.
7 Great Ways to Pay for Your Education
When it comes to covering your college expenses, you have options. Federal student financial aid, available through the U.S. Department of Education, provides loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities to help fund your degree.
Your eligibility is based on your current financial need, as well as other factors, including whether you're a full-time or part-time student. Discover the top 10 types of financial aid available to you if you qualify.
Apply for Aid at UMUC
UMUC encourages you to apply for financial aid, regardless of your income. You may receive more than you expect! All the forms you need to apply for financial aid and for admission to UMUC are available online.
The FAFSA is Your First Step
Your first step in applying for aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA. UMUC's school code is 011644. For priority consideration, your FAFSA must be received by the established priority deadlines:
- June 1 (for fall)
- November 1 (for spring)
- April 1 (for summer)
Learn more about how to apply for financial aid.
We recommend referencing a copy of your 2015 1040/1040A/1040EZ to correctly transfer the numbers from your tax return onto your FAFSA. If you are a dependent student you will also need a copy of your parents' 1040/1040A/1040EZ available to help you complete this form. Students who are married, but filed separately, should complete their FAFSA using both individuals' tax information. We also recommend having all applicable W2s available to 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 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 if requested. Any unnecessary information sent to UMUC that was not requested may delay the processing of your application.