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Acceptance Deadline

Hi everyone! The May 1, 2014 Acceptance deadline is approaching fast!

If you haven’t received a financial aid award package yet, make sure to contact your Financial Aid Counselor to determine why. It could be due to a wrong school code entered into the FAFSA- UMBC is 002105-, or we don’t have your Social Security Number or the correct number on file, or a few other reasons, but those are the main two.

Also, if you have been offered and received a Merit Scholarship Agreement that needs to be returned to us by May 1, 2014. We will need the hard copy of the agreement. If you have questions regarding that, contact Emily Meyers at meyerse1@umbc.edu.

 

Student Employee Spotlight

Name: Denise Idun                                                                                                          Image

Major: Health Administration and Public Policy; minor in Information Systems.

Interesting Fact about myself: I want to go to culinary arts school after graduate school.

Are you involved on-campus: I am a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda and I am also a part of Health Administration and Public Policy Council of Majors.

What do you like about working at the Financial Aid Office: What I like most about working in the financial aid office is helping people. There are many ways to help people, but I feel good in knowing that someone leaves our office with a better understanding of the financial aid processes or knowing that what they needed to be done has been done. I also appreciate the friendships that have developed between me and my co-workers to the point where it’s not just a friendship at work, but also when work is over we can still have a bond.

What advice would you offer to students about financial aid/the office: Do things in a timely manner! The longer something is drawn out, the longer it will take to complete! There are many students at this school and processing takes time, so being patient is key.

14-15 Maryland State Grants & Scholarships

The FAFSA Deadline in order to be considered for Maryland state aid was March 1, 2014.  If you met this priority deadline, you may be eligible for state aid for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

If awarded state funds, students will be notified via e-mail (account indicated on the FAFSA) from MDCAPS in the first weeks of May 2014.  Students are required to complete a MDCAPS Student Login Profile Account on-line at: https://www.mhec.state.md.us/financialaid/OSFAmdcapslive.asp in order to formally accept the award(s).

MDCAPS Link

Maryland Higher Education Commission

Recipients will have two (2) weeks to accept their offer or they will forfeit any offered awards.  Students are highly encouraged to monitor their e-mail accounts frequently and check SPAM/JUNK in boxes as well.  Any e-mails from MDCAPS is permissible and are notifications sent directly from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

UMBC will begin updating students’ financial aid award packages with accepted Maryland state awards no later than June.

If you have any questions, please refer them directly to your appointed financial aid counselor.

Summer Aid Application Deadline

Good morning! If you are interested in taking summer courses and need Financial Aid to help with the costs, tomorrow is THE last day to submit your Summer Aid Application.

http://www.umbc.edu/financialaid/summer_aid.html

Note: We don’t guarantee the aid you receive, if any, will cover your full costs.

Contact your Financial Aid Counselor if you have questions!

Shopping Sheet

Looking for a simple way to compare financial aid and cost information among different colleges and universities? Well, you are in luck. The Department of Education has started a voluntary initiative for higher educational institutions in providing prospective students a Shopping Sheet.

You may be asking, what is a Shopping Sheet? A Shopping Sheet is a tool designed to standardized and simplify the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so that they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school.  Currently, there are over 1,900 institutions participating in this Shopping Sheet initiative.

Click here if you would like to see an example of a Shopping Sheet.

 

 

How to View Your Financial Aid Package

Once you view your Financial Aid Award, and if you have questions, contact your Financial Aid Counselor.

Newly admitted students- You have until May 1st to make your decision about which institution you will be attending in the Fall or if you will be deferring your acceptance.