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fall 2014 FRESHMAN TO-DO LIST

Accept Financial Aid Package - Deadline: Within two weeks of notification letter
Contact: Financial Aid Office ● 410-704-4236

You Must Accept Your Financial Aid Offer

  1. Financial Aid Notifications: By April 1, we will start sending financial aid offers to students' TU email accounts. You must accept or decline your aid offers by May 1 or within two weeks of your aid notification date, whichever is later.

  2. View Your Awards Online: a) Activate and log into your NetID, b) Choose Self Service, c) Choose Student Center, d) Scroll down to the Finances drop-down menu and choose View Financial Aid.

  3. It is extremely important that you read the Financial Aid Notification Guide.

  4. Completing Your Aid Application: a)  All initial aid offers are based exclusively on the data listed on your FAFSA. Many students must submit additional information to resolve application problems, verify their FAFSA data or apply for loans, and b) Please respond quickly to all requests so we can promptly notify you of any changes to your aid offers.

  5.  Checking Your Online To-Do List: Because we will ask you to complete additional aid tasks as you move through the aid process, you must check your Online Services To-Do List every week.

  • Log in to Towson Online Services

  • Choose Self Service

  • Choose Student Center

  • Choose To-Do List on the right side of the page

Getting Help

The online Notification Guide answers most aid questions. If you still require assistance, please contact the Office of Financial aid.

Application Process and Deadlines

To apply for all available aid programs, complete the following steps:

1.  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): You must complete a 2013-14 FAFSA to apply for need-based grants, federal loans and work-study funds, many state aid programs, and some private scholarship programs.

  • Apply online every year at the FAFSA website: a) TU’s FAFSA School Code: 002099, and b) If you already filed a 2013-14 FAFSA, but didn’t list TU’s code, return to the FAFSA website and add it.

  • FAFSA Priority Deadline: a) If you haven’t applied yet, apply now, b) some aid programs had a March 1, 2013 deadline, and c) late applicants can still apply for federal loans and Pell Grants, and some private scholarships.

  • The FAFSA requires data from your 2012 federal tax return: a) If you have already filed your 2012 tax returns, the online FAFSA should offer you the option to transfer the required tax data from the IRS to your FAFSA. Please take advantage of this option, and b) if your 2012 tax data is not available yet, you should submit your FAFSA now and include estimated 2012 tax data. Do not wait to submit your FAFSA.

  • Several days after you submit the FAFSA: a) Return to the FAFSA website, b) Confirm that all your data is accurate, c) Confirm that your “Expected Family Contribution (EFC)” is not blank, d) Read all comments and error messages.

If you submit your FAFSA with estimated tax data, you must do the following two weeks after you file your taxes: a) Return to the FAFSA web site to update your data, and b) Please use the FAFSA Link to IRS option to automatically update the  required IRS data. 

2.  State of Maryland Aid Programs: Maryland residents can apply for aid programs from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Some of these aid programs had a March 1 FAFSA deadline. To apply, visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission website.

3.  Other TU Scholarships: To apply for scholarships from other TU departments, visit the Scholarship Seeker website.  Deadlines vary, so apply now.

4.  Private Scholarships: A wide variety of private organizations offer scholarships including businesses, foundations, and civic organizations. To apply, visit the Scholarships website. Deadlines vary, so apply now.

University Admissions Merit Scholarships: University Admissions offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to incoming full-time students who submitted their fall 2013 admission application, transcripts, and test results by December 1, 2013. All recipients are usually notified by early March. Appointments: Please call to schedule an in-person or telephone appointment with a financial aid adviser.

 

 

 

 

 


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