Getting Started

  • Apply for admission with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Create your myUMBC account and join UMBC's online community.
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Be sure to include our school code, 002105, and retain your confirmation page for your records.
    • Fall 2019/Spring 2020: Submit the 2019-2020 FAFSA after October 1, 2018 but by February 1, 2019 for priority consideration for financial aid.
    • Fall 2020/Spring 2021: Submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA after October 1, 2019 but by February 1, 2020 for priority consideration for financial aid.

How to Fill Out the FAFSA How to Fill Out the FAFSA

What's Next?

One More Step...

  • Apply for a loan if a combination of your grants, scholarships and personal contributions are not sufficient to cover your costs. Apply for loans by our priority deadline date - please visit Loans for additional information and to see final application deadline dates.
  • Please note: in order to be eligible for Federal Direct Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized) and the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan you must be enrolled in 6 or more credits.

After Orientation...

  • Review your e-bill through myUMBC using the Payments and Billing link.
  • Pay your bill prior to the due date and avoid late fees.
    • Please note: federal financial aid cannot pay late fees. You can use money you received as a refund to pay these charges.
    • Under limited circumstances the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships can request a late fee be waived.
  • Review the Book Loan process to see if you are eligible.


In-Person Assistance...

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships has an appointment-based visitation schedule. You may call or stop in the office to receive information about the application process, the status of your awards or to drop off documents.

Inquiries surrounding eligibility or appeals will be directed to your assigned counselor who will schedule an appointment to discuss your questions. This personalized approach allows you to have one point of contact for your financial aid and scholarship inquiries. Please visit our Contact Us page to find your financial aid counselor's contact information.