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Degree-seeking UMBC Student Scholarships

Getting Started

Departments will submit the Candidate Eligibility Form online to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. An email response will be sent to the contact person within 5 business days. The eligibility response will provide the following information:

  • Financial need: If the department’s scholarship criteria includes financial need, a response of “high”, “moderate” or “low” will be provided based upon the student’s FAFSA. This does not take into account other awards the student is receiving.
  • Eligibility to collect additional scholarship: Determined based on the current aid package. This will advise the department if the additional scholarship will impact aid the student is already receiving.

What’s Next

Award & Disbursement Request Form

USM Foundation Disbursement Request Form (use only if award is funded from USMF)

The department selects an eligible student to receive the award and completes the Award & Disbursement Request Form for all funding sources. For awards funded by the USM Foundation, complete the USM Foundation Disbursement Request Form in addition to the electronic disbursement request form. Checks from the Foundation should be made payable to UMBC (not the student). If completing the USM Foundation Disbursement Request Form, please include the student’s name, campus ID, and the award semester/year in the business purposes section of the form.

  • If there are multiple awards, one form should be completed for each student.
  • To avoid late fees on student accounts, plan to submit your requests a month before student bills are due. The student will be responsible for any balance due that is not covered by the award, late fees will be assessed if not paid. For billing dates and information, visit
  • Department scholarship requests must be submitted by the last day of classes for the awarded semester.
  • Completed USM Foundation Disbursement Request forms should be submitted via campus mail to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.
  • Complete step-by-step instructions┬ácan be accessed for more detailed information.

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will post the award directly to the student’s account. The funds will be debited from the department’s scholarship expense chartstring.

  • Fund: 1113
    Department: 1xxxx (depending on the department code)
    Progfin: 171
    Account: 7129900
    Proj Bus Unit: UMBC1
    Project: 00005145
    Activity ID: MAIN
    Res Type: FelSc
    Analysis Type: GLE

If the funding is from the USM Foundation, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will forward the signed and verified forms to the USM Foundation for processing. The Foundation will forward a check for the scholarship funds directly to the department. The department must deposit the funds using the UMBC Office of the Cashier Foundation Deposit Transmittal.

If the funding is coming from a different source, the department must transfer funds timely via a journal entry. Scholarship expense (7129900) should be debited in the funding source and credited to the chartstring given above.

Requests will be processed within 5 to 7 business days upon receipt of the form. A confirmation email will be sent to the contact person listed. If you do not receive confirmation that the request has been processed within 5 to 7 business days, please contact our office.

One More Step

The department should send the student an award notification letter that includes:

  • Amount of funding and semester(s) of award.
  • If there is a donor for the award:

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Merit Scholarship Unit, at 410-455-3813 or via our contact form.