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College is a major investment. The University of Maryland is here to help.

We understand that without financial support, a college degree would be out of reach for many talented students. That’s why the University of Maryland has a long history of providing financial support to students of all economic backgrounds. If you need help, we are here to help you navigate the financial aid process and understand your options.

Remember, need-based aid can be combined with merit scholarships and nearly 68% of all freshmen receive some form of financial aid. Need-based aid will be awarded no later than April 1. When it is available, students can view the status of any of their aid and/or awards in the Student Financial Services Portal.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an essential tool in securing need-based support. Each student must complete the FAFSA in order to qualify for financial aid at the University of Maryland. We encourage all eligible students to complete the FAFSA. In addition to need-based grants, the FAFSA can be used to offer Federal Loans and Work-Study funds.

For priority consideration, the Department of Education must receive the FAFSA by January 1. In the section of the FAFSA titled "School Selection" please enter "University of Maryland, College Park" and our school code: 002103. When you submit your FAFSA online, you should request your FSA ID from the Department of Education so you can sign the FAFSA electronically. If you are a dependent student, a parent must also apply for an FSA ID to file online. You may apply online for your FSA ID. The Office of Student Financial Aid provides additional information about completing the FAFSA.

The FAFSA will ask students and parents for their income from two years ago. If for any reason you have not yet submitted your tax forms for that year, you should complete the FAFSA with the estimated income from the year requested on the FAFSA.

As of October 2016, students can file the FAFSA using prior-prior-year tax data, which will eliminate the need to estimate tax return figures.

The university offers the Terp Payment Plan for paying university charges and fees. This allows you to spread your academic year or semester payments out into manageable monthly installments. There is no interest, just a modest enrollment fee.


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You can only learn so much about a school from a brochure. Even if we tell you how beautiful our campus is, or how fantastic our students and faculty are, you will not know for yourself until you experience it for yourself!

Come try on our campus for size! Stop by one of our top-notch athletic facilities. Have a scoop of homemade ice cream at the Dairy. Rub the nose of one of our beloved Testudo statues for good luck. Get all your questions answered. It won't be hard to picture yourself at home here for the next four years. 

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You've done your research and explored your options, and you know that UMD is the perfect place for you. Now it's time to apply. 

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Freshman applicants can apply using either the Common App or StandOut Admissions Network platforms. At this time, transfer applicants can only apply using StandOut Admissions Network.


Consistently ranked as one of the best values in public higher education, you can rest assured that you will receive an affordable world-class education.

College is a major investment for you and your family. The university is here to help. We offer an array of financial aid programs—including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment—as part of our commitment to making an excellent education affordable.


State of Maryland Residents   Non-Maryland Residents

The University of Maryland has launched a new investment in need-based financial aid, the Terrapin Commitment program, which will provide up to $20 million annually for students from the state of Maryland.

The goal of the Terrapin Commitment program is to reduce the gap between a student’s total financial aid package and the cost of an education. The program will begin in January 2023 and ensures that tuition and fees are fully covered for Pell eligible, in-state students, who are enrolled full time and have unmet financial need. More details can be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid's website.


Congratulations on your admission to the University of Maryland! We are excited to welcome you into our world of fearless ideas.

You’ve received your admission letter, checked out your major and started celebrating with family and friends. To make enrollment official, check out information for newly admitted students to get everything you need to start your academic career at UMD. 

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