Need-based Aid

For most students and families, college is a major investment. The University of Maryland is here to help.

The university has a long history of providing financial support to students of all economic backgrounds. In addition to merit scholarships, Maryland offers two categories of need-based aid:

  • gift aid (grants)
  • self-help (loans and Federal Work-Study)


To be considered for need-based aid, you must annually complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. For priority consideration, the federal processor must receive your FAFSA by February 15. Students who demonstrate the most need are considered for the most gift aid. Need-based aid can also be combined with merit scholarships. In fact, nearly 75 percent of all freshmen receive some form of financial aid.

You can use our Net Price Calculator at any time during the application process to estimate your financial aid.


Types of Aid and Notification

The Office of Student Financial Aid can provide lots of information about the variety of need-based aid programs offered at the University of Maryland.


Once you receive your offer of admission, you can monitor the financial aid process online at the Office of Student Financial Aid’s secure website.

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