2024-2025 Updates

FAFSA Simplification
: On December 27th, 2020 congressional leadership passed the FAFSA Simplification Act which enacted monumental changes to the Federal financial aid process. One of the goals of this act is to create a more user-friendly experience for all FAFSA filers. Students may expect fewer questions, new tools and terminology, and updated resources for seamless application completion.


The 2024-2025 FAFSA is now available. The Department of Education recently announced that it will begin providing FAFSA data to schools mid-March. Please continue to monitor your myUMBC email for updates on 2024-2025 financial aid awarding.


Check out the new FAFSA tips page for more information on successful submission of the FAFSA!


The FAFSA will continue to be required for financial aid determination. Please note that the Maryland State deadline to submit the FAFSA has changed to June 1st, but students are encouraged to submit by March 1st to be notified about award eligibility by April 15th. Students who are award recipients of any State Financial Aid Program, should monitor the Maryland Higher Education Commission(MHEC) website for more information.

2024-2025 FAFSA Timeline

The 2024-2025 FAFSA form soft launch goes live in December, 2023.

After months of anticipation, the new and improved 2024-2025 FAFSA available! The soft launch of the form caused for pauses in availability due to ongoing enhancements.

Announcement from the Department of Education in late January.
The Department of Education will be providing FAFSA data to Universities mid-March. Students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA application as soon as they are able to.
UMBC update on FAFSA processing.

Our Financial Aid Office will begin emailing FAFSA confirmation notifications in late March and early April. Continue to monitor your UMBC emails for updates on FAFSA processing.


Check out our 2024-2025 FAFSA FAQ page for commonly asked questions.