Student Financial Aid

2013-2014 Financial Aid Award Guide

Other Financing Options

Private Loans

Private loan costs vary widely between programs. All private lenders will review the borrower’s credit history and some will require a loan co-signer. Private educational loan programs traditionally offer higher borrowing costs than federal loan programs. For more information, please visit the Student Financial Service center (1135 Lee Building) or our website at

Due to the higher borrowing costs, you generally should not consider borrowing private student loans unless any of the following situations apply:

  • You are unable to borrow federal student/parent loans because you do not meet the Federal Eligibility Requirements.
  • You need to borrow funds for a previous academic year and it is too late to borrow federal loans.
  • You have exhausted federal loan options and need to borrow additional funds to meet your Cost of Attendance.

Terp Payment Plan

UM offers a convenient, affordable alternative to lump-sum tuition payments. The Terp Payment Plan enables you to divide your yearly educational expenses into eight (8) or ten (10) manageable monthly payments.

One Semester 4 & 5 month plans are also available.

Check the Office of the Bursar website for TPP Plan information.