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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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    Sunday September 17, 2016 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day! 

    Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created.

    Constitution Day is an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge of the Constitution, with its short elegant language and it’s far reaching ramifications that have both shaped our history and our lives. UMES Office of Financial Aid urges all to take a close look at the invaluable resources assembled on our Constitution Day web page.


    What Is Constitution Day?

    Most Americans know that July 4this our nation's birthday. Far fewer Americans know that September 17this the birthday of our government, the date in 1787 on which delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution.

    The ideas on which America was founded--commitments to the rule of law, limited government and the ideals of liberty, equality and justice--are embodied in the Constitution, the oldest written constitution of any nation on Earth. Constitution Day is intended to celebrate not only the birthday of our government, but the ideas that make us Americans.

    Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia accomplished a long-standing goal, passing a law designating September 17thas Constitution Day. Schools and federal agencies are required to hold educational programs on the Constitution on Constitution Day.

    The National Constitution Center, with a rich and devoted group of partners (left), is committed to helping you create a meaningful program for Constitution Day. This website is a marketplace of educational materials and programming tools for use on Constitution Day. Our hope is that a deeper appreciation and understanding of our nation's founding document will spread through families, organizations and communities.


    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 410-651-6175, 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


    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 Fall 2017 awarded financial aid are scheduled to commence the week of   September 11, 2017 and continue into the week of September 25, 2017.

    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