Once we receive and evaluate your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any requested documentation, newly admitted students will receive an award notification via email by March 1. Continuing and returning students will receive an award notification via before the end of May. Please note that all correspondence will be via email. Students can check www.testudo.umd.edu. to verify or change the email address that information will be sent to. Students who prefer paper must notify the Office of Student Financial Aid in writing.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid by email or by phone, 301-314-8377, Toll Free 1.888.313.2404.
Most initial awards are based on the assumption that students will enroll full-time for both semesters. If you enroll part-time, some of your awards may be reduced or canceled. For information about enrollment requirements for each type of award, see Maintaining Required Enrollment. The amount and type of financial aid you will be offered is based on several factors: your financial need, whether the FAFSA processor received your FAFSA by the UM Priority Deadline (January 1), and the availability of funds. For more information, see How We Determine Your Eligibility for Aid.
Once you receive your award notification, please read the instructions carefully. Complete the award notification and maintain a copy for your records.
Student Loan Advisory
Your Award Notification lists the maximum amount you are eligible to borrow from each loan program. You do not have to borrow the full amount of your loan offer. Please borrow only what you need to cover your minimum educational and living expenses for this academic year. If you choose to borrow less, you will still be eligible to request the remaining funds later in the semester. Requests for additional loans must be received at least 30 days before the last day of classes.
For information on how to accept your direct or Perkins loan, visit Accepting your Loans.
If you accept a Direct or PLUS loan offer, you must complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note with the Department of Education at www.studentloans.gov/. Please do not send a copy of your loan application to UM.
If this is your first Direct Loan from the University of Maryland you must complete an Online Direct Loan Entrance Interview. (If you have completed an entrance interview at a previous school, you must still do an Entrance Interview for your first Direct Loan from the University of Maryland, College Park.)