FINANCIAL AID OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:
2016-2017 FAFSA IS AVAILABLE
The Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 FAFSA is currently available for completion. We encourage students to complete and submit their FAFSA prior to returning for the Spring 2016 semester. Please remember that if 2015 tax returns have not been completed, you may complete your FAFSA using 2014 tax information as estimated income.
2016-2017 FAFSA VERIFICATION
Our office will begin processing/loading the 2016-2017 FAFSA's around March 2016. Student's who have been
selected for a process called "verification" will need to provide
additional documents to our office before financial aid eligibility can
be determined. These items will be listed on the student's "To Do" list
on their HawkWeb Student Center and forms are available on our website under "Forms and Instructions". Students will also receive a mailed letter to their home address with all items required. Please carefully review all items requested and return
those items to our office as soon as possible. Delay in returning all
documents may effect your awards, and you must have all items turned in
before we begin the review/packaging process for your awards. It is also
a good idea for students to go onto the FAFSA website (www.fafsa.gov)
and review their application status- making sure that it shows that the
FAFSA was "processed". If you have a unique circumstance, please
contact the office to review your FAFSA results and to determine if any
other specific documents are needed. Students can update their/their parents income information by selecting
to make a correction once 2015 tax returns have been filed. Click HERE to read more about the 2016-2017 FAFSA application process and deadlines.
FSA ID- A NEW Department of Education Requirement
The U.S. Department of Education has created a NEW process for signing into their websites (such as www.fafsa.gov, www.nslds.ed.gov, www.studentloans.gov). All students and their parents will be REQUIRED to create their own Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and password. For more information and a step-by-step guide, click HERE.
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION POLICY
In an effort to provide greater security for our students of their personal information, effective December 16, 2014 the Financial Aid office will provide specific student information ONLY if the student's UMES ID number is presented. This policy applies to students who come into the Financial Aid office on campus as well as to students (or parents of students) who contact the office via telephone, email, mail, or fax.
Office of Student Financial Aid
Student Development Center, Suite 1100
Princess Anne, MD 21853
We are excited that you have chosen to further your education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The University is particularly sensitive to the financial needs of its student body. Operating on the premise that no student should be denied an education solely because of a lack of financial resources, the University's Office of Student Financial Aid renders assistance to as many students as possible in the form of employment, scholarships, University endowed scholarships, grants and student loans. Qualifying students may receive funds from one or more of the programs administered by the University and funded from federal, state, and institutional sources.
To be considered for financial aid, students should apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early in the year as possible, since financial aid is generally awarded on the basis of need and in the order of application. The federal school code for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is 002106.
Submit a Help Request
You can use the UMES Help Desk system to submit a Financial Aid help request. Go to help.umes.edu and be sure to use 'Enrollment Services -> Financial Aid' as the request type.