Student Financial Aid


The Office of Student Financial Aid understands that attaining grant funding is important to students who are in need of financial assistance. Below are need-based and service-based grants that students may qualify for while attending UMD.

Need-Based Grants

Need-based grants are funds allocated to the University of Maryland by the institution, the Department of Education, and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The University awards these funds to students with demonstrated financial need.

Need-based grants do NOT need to be repaid.

There is no application form needed to apply for need-based grants. Submitting the FAFSA by the January 1 priority deadline is the only requirement to be automatically considered for a need-based grant. Each grant program may have additional eligibility requirements.

Service Grants

Service grant programs provide grants to students who will provide a particular type of service in exchange for the granted money. The TEACH Grant is an example of a service grant. It provides financial assistance in the form of a grant to students who intend to teach in a school that serves low-income families.