Student Financial Aid

Freshmen Connection Program


Freshmen Connection is a fall semester academic program open to students who have already confirmed their Spring admission. Please visit the Freshmen Connection website for enrollment procedures and further information.

Students invited to enroll into the Freshmen Connection program are eligible to receive federal and state funding to help cover their costs of education.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA can be submitted online.

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 your individual FSA IDs to electronically sign the FAFSA as an alternative to mailing in a signature form. This will speed up your FAFSA processing.

You may report estimated tax figures on your FAFSA. You will be given the opportunity to make corrections at a later date. Submit the FAFSA even if you have not received your admissions decision yet.

The University of Maryland's school code is 002103.

Federal Aid

Need Based Aid Non-Need Based Aid

State Aid

Maryland Residents may apply for aid from the Maryland Higher Education Commission by listing a Maryland school on line 86 of the FAFSA and by mailing the FAFSA by March 1. For more information about state aid, please visit MHEC's website.

The Awarding Process

An award notification letter will be emailed to you. The email will direct you how to log on to our website.

Your Award Notification

Once you receive your award notification, please read the instructions. Complete the award notification and maintain a copy for your records.To accept an award, enter the amount you want to accept in the accept column. To decline an award, enter an accept amount of $0. Since this will be your first Direct Loan from the University of Maryland you must also complete an Online Direct Loan Entrance Interview.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions, we encourage you to give us at call at 301-314-8377 or to visit us in 1135 Lee Building. For more information on the Freshmen Connection Program, please visit the Freshmen Connection website.