Financial Aid

Students have a variety of options to help finance their education.

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Students experiencing financial difficulty or crisis due to the coronovirus pandemic may apply for emergency financial assistance through the UMD Student Crisis Fund

The University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid assists all students in obtaining need-based aid. 

Account access and billing and payment

Admitted students can access their financial accounts and direct questions about billing and payment options to the University’s Student Financial Services and Cashiering.

Apply for need-based aid

Completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form each year is the first step toward applying for need-based aid.   The University of Maryland priority deadline for completing the FAFSA form is February 15 for the upcoming academic year. Maryland residents are also eligible for state aid programs. 

Explore state-based aid options

Some state-based aid requires that students file supplemental paperwork in addition to the FAFSA. Please visit Maryland Higher Education Commission to explore state-based aid options.


The College of Agriculture & Natural Resources also has a number of scholarships specifically for its majors that can supplement financial aid. For specific information on scholarships offered and eligibility requirements, please visit the college’s scholarship section. 

The Catherine M. Brinkley Fund

The Catherine M. Brinkley fund provides interest-free loans to students who are natives or residents of Maryland pursuing majors in the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. Students may download the application or pick up a hard copy in room 0108 Symons Hall. The Office of Financial Aid determines eligibility and award distribution. Please submit your application by June 1 to ensure that you receive your financial aid package before Fall classes begin. Completed forms can be emailed to or sent to the address at the bottom of the form. 

Loan terms are:

  • Amount is not to exceed the limit on financial need determined by your FAFSA application.

  • Repayment begins 9 months after ceasing to be at least a half-time student at the University of Maryland and ending 10 years later.

  • Monthly payments for the first two years of repayment will be $25.

  • The remaining payments will be fully amortized over the final eight years.

  • If the loan is not paid in full by 10 years, a 5% annual finance charge will be assessed on the unpaid balance.

  • Revenue from loan repayments will be returned to this fund to assist other students in achieving their academic goals.