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Student Financial Aid

FAFSA Tips

The FAFSA is available starting October 1. You may import federal tax income information on the FAFSA by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).

UM School code: 002103

CAUTION! As the name Free Application for Federal Student Aid implies, applying for federal student aid is FREE. Be cautious of companies charging a fee, the fee is for their assistance filling out forms.

The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet provides a preview of the questions that you may be asked on FAFSA on the Web.

The FAFSA

Each student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for financial aid at the University of Maryland.

Every October, complete the FAFSA and enter the University of Maryland school code 002103-00. To view alternative FAFSA filing options please visit the Department of Education website.

The FAFSA Process

  1. Apply for the Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). The FSA ID consists of a user-created username and password to electronically access personal information on the Federal Student Aid website. You and your parent can apply for the FSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA as an alternative to mailing in a signature form. This will speed up your FAFSA processing.
  2. Organize needed information
    • Social Security Number
    • Driver's License
    • Financial information such as a signed copy of your (and your spouse's, if married) Federal Income Tax Return, W-2 form(s) or IRS Tax Return Transcript. Also, you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to file the tax information on the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the FAFSA, and transfer the data directly into their FAFSA from the IRS Web site.
    • Alien Registration or Permanent Resident Card (if you are not a U.S. Citizen)
  3. Complete FAFSA on the WEB