Loans are awarded after your eligibility for grants, scholarships, Federal Work-Study (FWS) and any other awarded aid is considered. Your financial aid package may include loans that are need based and/or non-need based financial aid. Federal loans will be offered for the maximum amount the student is eligible to receive based upon their grade level.
Effective Fall 2015, federal loans must be accepted online via your myUMBC account before they can be considered as payment toward your bill. For more information on how to accept the loans online, please visit our Loan Acceptance page.
First-time loan borrowers will also need to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling. Your MPN is good for ten (10) years – this means that the student does not have to complete the MPN each year they accept a loan via their myUMBC account as long as they received a loan in the previous school year. You may decrease or cancel your loan(s) by completing a Loan Decrease/Cancel Request Form up to 14 days after the student receives the disbursement notification.
Once you have received a Federal Direct Stafford or Federal Perkins Loan the loan information will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). NSLDS is a federally managed site that allows you to view your loan history. You can view the total amount borrowed for all of your federal loans, your outstanding balances and the status of each of your loans. It is important to note that the data in this system is updated regularly and is accessible to guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users.