Most initial awards are based on the assumption that you will enroll full-time for the academic year. If you will enroll part-time, please read the section about Retaining Your Financial Aid. The aid you have been offered is based on several factors: your financial need, whether the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) processor received your FAFSA by UM's Priority Deadline (February 15th), your academic achievement or potential, and the availability of funds. For more information on how financial need is determined, see the section on How to Determine your Eligibility.
You must report all aid you expect to receive that is not already listed in the award section of your Award Notification. This includes, but is not limited to: UM tuition waivers, non-service fellowships, UM scholarships, private scholarships, vocational rehabilitation benefits, veteran's benefits, employer tuition benefits, and Resident Assistant benefits. If it is not listed as part of your award package, the Financial Aid office does not know you are receiving the funding, and your financial aid award may be affected.
A copy of your award notification can be obtained at Testudo. All correspondence will be via email unless you notify us that you prefer paper. Therefore, it is imperative that the University of Maryland have an accurate e-mail address. Please go to Testudo to change or add a correct e-mail address. In addition, you will need to know your Directory ID or UID and password. If you are unable to locate your Directory information or remember your password, please contact the Division of Information Technology.
Your financial aid status is available on-line Monday through Saturday between 7:30 am and 7:00 pm. You may accept or decline your awards by visiting the Office of Student Financial Aid website. The website will prompt you to do the following: