Student Financial Services

FAFSA Process and Deadline

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines your eligibility to receive federal financial aid, such as grants, work-study, and loans. The FAFSA also allows USM to calculate your eligibility for additional university funding.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why must I complete the FAFSA?

We require the FAFSA to consider students for need-based financial aid. You can begin your FAFSA application as early as October 1.
 

What is the process for FAFSA?

The following information is required for parents of dependent students, or for students who are not dependents, to complete your FAFSA:

  • Social Security number
  • Alien Registration number (for non-U.S. citizens)
  • 2018 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and records of other money earned
  • Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)
  • The USM federal school code: 009762

Learn more on the FAFSA website.
 

How do I apply for financial aid at USM?

Applying for financial aid at USM begins when you submit the U.S. Department of Education FAFSA form. Learn more about financial aid at USM.
 

By when should I complete and submit my FAFSA?

Ideally, you should complete your FAFSA as soon as possible, before the priority deadline. The FAFSA takes approximately one week to process (and could take longer during peak submission times) before the University receives it. The sooner you submit your FAFSA, the greater your opportunity for a robust financial aid package — and the sooner you will be notified of your available options.
 

What is the deadline to submit my FAFSA?

As the financial aid cycle continues, the amount of available funds becomes limited. The earlier you submit your FAFSA, the more time you will have to address any potential questions or issues that may come up during the submission and review process.

For the 2020–2021 school year, the Federal Processor must receive your completed FAFSA form by January 15 to allow for enough time to reach USM by our February 1 priority deadline. We strongly encourage you to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible to take advantage of the best available funding.

 


 

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Don't forget to complete your admission application

You must complete and submit both your USM admission application and your FAFSA by January 15 to receive the best possible financial aid package.
 

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