Grants


  • Grants are types of gift aid that do not have to be repaid. They may take the form of federal, state or university grants.

    In order to be considered for Federal and State Grant funds, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the specified deadlines


    Federal Pell Grant
    Sources: Federally Funded
    Award: Variable ($303-$5920 annually as of 2017-2018)
    Criteria: Award amount is based on a federal formula according to need and enrollment status(full time: 12 or more credits; three quarter time: 9-11 credits; half-time:6-8 credits, less than half-time 1-5 credits). Open to U.S. residents and permanent residents. Students must reapply each year by completing the FAFSA application at www.fafsa.gov 

    The Federal Pell Grant is awarded based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Pell Grants are generally awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.  Students can receive no more than 12 semesters (or the equivalent) of Pell Grants during their undergraduate program, including payments received at previous institutions.  

    The maximum Pell Grant for the 2018-2019 Award Year is $5,920.

    Can I appeal my Pell lifetime eligibility?

    No, you may not. Federal Pell Grant limits are set by federal law. 
    If you rely on Federal Pell Grant funding, stay in school and be conscious about the lifetime limits when changing majors and/or scheduling classes.

    How do I determine my remaining eligibility?

    For more information about calculating your remaining eligibility, visit the Federal Student Aid Pell Grant page.

    How can I see my Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) percentage?

    Log on to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)website using your Federal Student Aid PIN and view your LEU.
    The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.

     

    Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
    Sources:
     Federally Funded
    Award: Variable

    The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need.  Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for FSEOG.  Awards range from $500 to $2,000 annually. The priority deadline for FSEOG consideration at UMES is January 15th for the following academic year.


    Maryland State Grants

    State Financial Assistance Programs & Applications

    Student Guide to Higher Education & Financial Aid in Maryland

    Eligibility Requirements

    MHEC Renewal Credit Completion Requirements


    When to apply: *For priority consideration students must complete the FAFSA by March 1.

    A financial aid package at UMES takes into account both financial need and direct cost. Although merit-based award(s) are available, UMES is committed to using the vast majority of its grant funds to assist students whose families are unable to pay the full cost of an UMES education. It is important to note that a majority of the undergraduate grants at UMES are based on a combination of need and direct cost and require completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by our priority deadline, January 15.


    Institutional Grant (i.e. University Grant & Economic Diversity Grant)

    For most undergraduates, eligibility for an institutional need or non-need based grant is determined upon receipt of the FAFSA based on direct cost (i.e. tuition, fees, living on-campus, etc.) and, if you apply for financial aid, your demonstrated financial need. Eligibility for UMES need and non-need based grants are determined  each academic year, which means students are not guaranteed to receive a grant or the same amount they received in a previous year for subsequent academic years.  Institutional grants (i.e. University Grant and Economic Diversity Grant) are subject to the availability of funds and are awarded based on the following criteria:

    • You are a full-time student (at least 12 credits).
    • You applied for financial aid by the UMES “Priority Filing” date.
    • You are meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
    • You have On-Campus housing
    • You have a gap between your direct cost (i.e. tuition, fees, on-campus housing, etc.) and the total amount of federal, state, and private funds you have been awarded.

    Note: Institutional funds are tentatively awarded based on information provided on the FAFSA (i.e. Expected Family Contribution and housing status) as well as the assumption that each student will be enrolled full-time.  If your eligibility for any aid you receive is jeopardized for reasons other than academic merit (e.g. if you are in default on a federal loan, or if you did not respond to the University's requests for tax information and income verification), then your federal, state, and institutional grants may also be affected.  Students who are initially awarded an institutional grant, but later do not meet the requirements (i.e. the student chooses not to live on-campus or the student enrolls less than full-time) are subject to institutional funds being cancelled.