The Office of Student Financial Aid

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    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore offers an affordable first-rate education. The Office of Student Financial Aid is here to assist you with the costs of your educational investment. Our committed team of professionals works in partnership with you, providing information on available options and assisting you with the financial aid process.

    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.


    2018-2019 FAFSA's available Click here for more information 18-19 FAFSA

    UMES Priority filing date January 15, 2018

    Year-Round Pell Grants to be Available This Summer 2018

    Click here to learn more

    The process of applying for aid can seem complicated and time consuming, and we want to make it a pleasant experience for you. To that end, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is delighted to offer you information about financial assistance. Our site includes an overview of the aid programs offered at the University and how to apply.
    Our office is located in the Student Development Center, Suite 1100. Our regular office hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (counselors available on Fridays until 2:30 p.m.). You can reach us by telephone at 410-651-6172, or by email at
    We look forward to helping you meet your educational goals and wish you success.

    2017-2018 FAFSAs  
    There is still time to complete your FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year. Learn more here

    Spring 2018 SEMESTER REFUNDS
    Disbursement for entire student population is a process in which the Office of Student Financial Aid must review enrollment status for the entire student population (enrollment verification process) before disbursing state, federal, and institution aid. Disbursements for Spring 2018 awarded financial aid are scheduled to commence the week of February 6, 2018 and continue into the week of February 12, 2018.
    University Of Maryland Eastern Shore students are initially provided with an estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) based on full-time enrollment.  The Office of Student Financial Aid awards all aid initially on full-time status.   During add/drop period, students change enrollment status from full-time to part-time or part-time to full-time. It is therefore important to review enrollment status of students so that if any adjustment has to be made on awarded financial aid, this is completed before the aid is disbursed and credit balance issued to student. Enrollment verification is federal regulation and requirement before disbursement.
    *Note: Pharmacy and Physical Therapy students follow a different timeline for the disbursements of financial aid refunds.

    Application review, verification (if selected), and awarding of aid must be completed before aid can be disbursed.
    Authorizing disbursement of aid is contingent on the student’s financial aid file status and enrollment. If a student’s file is incomplete at the time of the scheduled disbursement dates, the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) WILL NOT authorize any award(s) to disburse until after all financial aid holds/incompletes are cleared.

    Please Note:
    Students selected for federal or institutional verification must submit ALL REQUIRED documentation to complete verification no later than November 17, 2017.  OSFA will cancel all award(s) for students who do not submit all required documentation to complete verification by November 17, 2017.  Students will be required to submit all required documents to have award(s) reinstated.  
    Financial aid award information is posted as “Anticipated Aid” on the student’s account until the Office of Financial Aid verifies the student’s actual enrollment for the semester and then authorizes award(s) to disburse.

     Office of Student Financial Aid

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