UMES Eligibility Requirements


  • Eligibility requirements may include but are not limited to the following:


    • Admitted as a degree or certificate-seeking student.
    • Enrolled at least half time (6 credits for undergraduate students and 5 credits for graduate students).
    • A US citizen or eligible non-citizen.
    • Making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree or certificate.
    • Registered with selective services (if required).
    • In compliance with UMES’s Drug and Alcohol Policies.
    • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the financial aid application.
    • Must not be in default on a Federal Student Loan.
    • Must not owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.
    • Students on a F1, F2, J1, J2 or a G series visa are not eligible for federal aid.
    • Have a valid social security number.

    Special Non-Degree Students


    Special Non-Degree Students are not eligible for federal Title IV financial aid (Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Loans).

    Some lenders provide alternative loans for special non-degree seeking students. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid to obtain more information on alternative loans.