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. Disbursement of financial Aid for any student who has a Spring only loan, will have their Aid disbursed in two installments. The first will be on January 13 and the second disbursement will take place on March 13 2017.  *Note, this excludes students registered for a 799 or 899 course which is considered full-time.  Please be aware, Any student that has had his/her financial aid 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.

    Office of Student Financial Aid

    1 Backbone Road
    Princess Anne, MD  21853
    (fax) 410-651-7670