Office of Financial Aid

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    We are excited that you have chosen to further your education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  The University is particularly sensitive to the financial needs of its student body. Operating on the premise that no student should be denied an education solely because of a lack of financial resources, the University's Office of Student Financial Aid renders assistance to as many students as possible in the form of employment, scholarships, University endowed scholarships, grants and student loans. Qualifying students may receive funds from one or more of the programs administered by the University and funded from federal, state, and institutional sources.

    To be considered for financial aid, students should apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA) as early in the year as possible, since financial aid is generally awarded on the basis of need and in the order of application. The federal school code for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is 002106.

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    Disbursement procedures for 2017 Spring semester have been changed, only students registered full-time (12 or more credits for undergraduate students and 9 or more credits for graduate students) will have their financial aid disbursed 10 days prior to the start of the semester.  Disbursement of financial aid for any student registered less than full-time will take place after Drop/Add period, February 7th, 2017.  *Note, this excluded students registered for a 799 or 899 course which is considered full-time.  Please be aware, in which his/her financial aid has been disbursed, but drops below full-time status before the census date will have his/her funds pulled back from his/her account, until after the Add/Drop period.



    On September 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process that will impact millions of students. Starting Fall 2016, students will be able to:

    • Submit a FAFSA earlier:

       Students will be able to file a 2017-18 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016, rather than beginning on January 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.

    • Use Earlier Income Information:

       Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information).

    The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.

    When a Student is Attending College (School Year)When a Student Can Submit a FAFSAWhich Year’s Income Information is Required
    July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016January 1, 2015 – June 30, 20162014
    July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017January 1, 2016 – June 30, 20172015
    July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018October 1, 2016 – June 30, 20182015
    July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019October 1, 2017 – June 30, 20192016

    Conflicting Information Could Impact Your Grant Amounts:

    Since the 2016-17 school year and the 2017-18 school year both require the same 2015 tax information, it is important that the financial data matches on both years of the FAFSA applications. For example, if you have a data mismatch, such as a different Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is required to determine the correct AGI. A change in your AGI could affect your financial aid awards in both the 2017-18 and the 2016-17 years! This means that your 2016-17 financial aid could be adjusted in the middle of the school year because of data placed on the 2017-18 FAFSA. Adjustments in awards may result in a return of funds and an outstanding balance.

    We want to mitigate any surprises in your financial aid as much as possible. For this reason, we highly recommend that you ensure your 2016-17 FAFSA information is correct. The most efficient way to do this is to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool through the FAFSA. The Data Retrieval Tool links your FAFSA data to the IRS database and ensures that the FAFSA data matches IRS records.

    New Students Could Receive Financial Aid Award Letters Earlier:

    One of the benefits to the Prior-Prior Year change is that new students could receive their financial aid awards earlier. This can potentially give the students more time to compare financial aid awards between schools to make an informed decision about which school to attend. For this reason, some students may desire to complete the FAFSA when it opens on October 1, 2016. (The FAFSA normally would have opened on January 1, 2017.)

    The move to PPY is a victory for students and college-access advocates. Higher education institutions, policy groups, and lawmakers have long advocated for PPY and have urged the Obama administration to use its existing authority to implement this common-sense change.

    We understand that this change to the FAFSA is technical and can be confusing. Please contact us with any questions so that we can assist you.


    Our office has begun processing/loading the 2016-2017  FAFSA's. Student's who have been selected for a process called "verification" will need to provide additional documents to our office before financial aid eligibility can be determined. These items will be listed on the student's "To Do" list on their HawkWeb Student Center. Students and their parents can now download any requested 2016-2017 verification forms. Students will also receive a mailed letter to their home address with all items required. Please carefully review all items requested and return those items to our office as soon as possible. Delay in returning all documents may effect your awards, and you must have all items turned in before we begin the review/packaging process for your awards. It is also a good idea for students to go onto the FAFSA website ( and review their application status- making sure that it shows that the FAFSA was "processed". If you have a unique circumstance, please contact the office to review your FAFSA results and to determine if any other specific documents are needed.  Students can update their/their parents income information by selecting to make a correction once 2015 tax returns have been filed. Click HERE to read more about the 2016-2017 FAFSA application process and deadlines. 

    FSA ID- A NEW Department of Education Requirement 

    The U.S. Department of Education has created a NEW process for signing into their websites (such as,, All students and their parents will be REQUIRED to create their own Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and password. For more information and a step-by-step guide, click HERE.  


    In an effort to provide greater security for our students of their personal information, effective December 16, 2014 the Financial Aid office will provide specific student information ONLY if the student's UMES ID number is presented. This policy applies to students who come into the Financial Aid office on campus as well as to students (or parents of students) who contact the office via telephone, email, mail, or fax.  

    Office of Student Financial Aid
    Student Development Center, Suite 1100
    Princess Anne, MD  21853
    (fax) 410-651-7670