Applying for Aid

  • A college education will be one of the most important investments a student and their family will make. Financial aid can help bridge the gap between the student's resources and the cost of education. We emphasize bridging the gap because the student and their family are primarily responsible for college expenses. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Office of Student Financial Aid (UMES OSFA) makes every effort to assist students and their family in obtaining the financial aid funds needed to meet expenses if family resources are not adequate.

    Students must apply for financial aid each year by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid awarded by the UMES OSFA is not automatically renewed. 

    The 2018-2019 FAFSA was available to complete on October 1, 2017.

    • The filing deadline for priority consideration is January 15, 2017. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Although students can apply for financial aid throughout the year, funding for some financial aid programs may be depleted. The student may meet the qualifications for certain types of aid, but not be awarded that aid because the funding has run out.
    • Students/Parents will provide 2016 income information on the 2018-2019 FAFSA.
    • The UMES OSFA recommends that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your tax information directly from the IRS onto your FAFSA.

    After a student is admitted to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and has submitted the FAFSA, the student's financial aid eligibility is determined.

    View our Step-by-Step Process web page for information on required forms and detailed instructions on applying for financial aid at UMES.

    Students must be admitted to a degree program at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore before their financial aid application will be reviewed. Students can submit the FAFSA before they are admitted to the University; however, they will not be awarded until after they are admitted.

    Incarcerated students are not eligible for financial aid. They are identified during the University of Maryland Eastern Shore review process and are coded as not eligible for financial aid.

    For tips on applying for financial aid, refer to our Helpful Hints web page.