UMBC offers a range of financial aid and payment options so that all students may benefit from a UMBC education. Financial aid can come in the form of grants, work, student loans, parent loans, scholarships and other awards.
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships staff remain available to assist you remotely during all regular business hours — Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
Our staff are now able to connect with you remotely in more ways than ever. Feel free to browse our Frequently Asked Questions, email us with your general questions, call us on our main phone line, visit us using our Virtual Front Counter or connect with specific staff members to address personal needs. All this and more can be found by visiting our Contact Page.
Spring 2021 Book Loans Available Now
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships’ book loan process allows for the purchase of your textbooks at the UMBC Bookstore or on the Bookstore’s website. Students anticipating a refund from their excess financial aid can apply for a book loan through February 26, 2021. For more information, and an application, please visit our Book Loan page.
2021-2022 FAFSA Now Available
October 1, 2020 marks the opening of the 2021-2022 FAFSA. The FAFSA is required for any UMBC student planning to apply for need-based Federal, State or institutional financial aid for the Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 semesters.
UMBC’s priority submission date is March 1, 2021. Complete your FAFSA today to ensure priority consideration for financial aid!
Frequently Asked Questions!
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships now has a page dedicated to frequently asked questions! Visit our FAQ Page today to get quick, easy-to-understand answers to the most common questions you have regarding financial aid.
CARES Act Emergency Grant
UMBC has been provided funds through the CARES Act and is able to offer a CARES Act Emergency Grant to students who are experiencing financial difficulties due to the disruption of campus operations and the transition to online learning, as a result of COVID-19. The emergency grant can be used to cover costs students have incurred due to the disruption of campus operations, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care expenses. Please visit our CARES FAQ Page for more information regarding eligibility and the awarding process.
Who Is Your Financial Aid Counselor?
UMBC students who are applying for need-based financial aid are assigned a Financial Aid Counselor who will work with them as they progress through the financial aid process. Financial Aid Counselors can help you with questions about how to apply for financial aid, what documents you need to provide to complete your application, and what to do if your financial circumstances change. Click here to find out who your Counselor is and how to contact them.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records by limiting the disclosure of such records. Students may grant other individuals access to their account information via the Profile Sharing feature in myUMBC. It is a student’s responsibility to share their profile with anyone they would like to receive information about their financial aid and billing. For instructions on how to provide a person access to your financial aid and billing information, please see our Profile Sharing Instructions.
FAFSA School Name: UMBC
FAFSA School Code: 002105
Financial Aid Processing:
All documents received are logged and linked to your financial aid record. myUMBC Alerts will disappear within two (2) business days of receipt. Processing of financial aid documents may take up to four (4) weeks. You should expect that processing times may approach this limit during high-volume periods, such as the start of each term, add/drop, and admissions deadlines. Please continue to monitor your myUMBC account for correspondence or requests from our office and staff.
Our current processing time is up to four (4) weeks from the date your last required document is received.
To see a list of requirements, view your Alerts via your myUMBC account. >>
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