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APPLYING FOR AID

Courses At Other Schools (Consortium Agreements)

If you receive approval to transfer in new courses toward your Towson University degree, then the TU Financial Aid Office may be able to process your financial aid based on your combined enrollment at Towson University (your home school) and the host school. Federal aid regulations prohibit students from receiving financial aid from two different schools during the same term, but they do allow one school to process your aid based on your combined enrollment at both schools. If the TU Registrar's Office approves your course transfer request, then the TU Financial Aid office may be able to use a Financial Aid Consortium Agreement to process your TU aid based on your enrollment at both schools.

You are responsible for ensuring that your host school participates in the Financial Aid Consortium Agreement process. Schools are not required to participate in the Consortium Agreement process and some schools refuse to sign Consortium Agreements. If the host school's Financial Aid Office will not sign the agreement, then TU will not be able to approve any financial aid for those courses.

Inter-Institutional and Baltimore Student Exchange Programs

You do not need to request a financial aid Consortium Agreement Request Form or any other financial aid adjustments for courses taken through the Inter-Institutional or Baltimore Student Exchange Programs. The charges for these courses will be included in your TU bill, and your TU financial aid will automatically be processed based your regular TU courses and these courses. You will not need to submit a Transfer Petition Form to the Registrar's Office.

Students attending University of Maryland University College (UMUC) must request a consortium agreement because UMUC does not participate in the inter-institutional Registration Program.

Requesting Course Approval - Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students must receive approval from the Registrar's Office and the Financial Aid Office. Please follow these procedures to request approval:

  1. Please begin this process at least 4 weeks before the beginning of the term.
  2. You must be a degree seeking student and registered for at least 6 units of undergraduate coursework at Towson University to be eligible for consortium.
  3. Review all transfer requirements and restrictions on page 1 of the Registrar's Office Undergraduate Transfer Petition Form.
  4. Complete a separate Transfer Petition Form for each course..
  5. Complete the TU Consortium Agreement Request Form.
  6. Submit the TU Consortium Agreement Request Form and a separate Transfer Petition Form for each course to:

    Towson University
    Office of the Registrar/Academic Standards Committee
    Enrollment Services Center, Room 236
    8000 York Road
    Towson, MD 21252-0001
    asc@towson.edu

  7. If you plan to take a course out-of-state or at a four-year Maryland institution, you must ask your department chair to sign your Transfer Petition Form prior to submission.
  8. Once your Transfer Petition Form has been approved, both you and the Financial Aid Office will be notified. The Financial Aid Office will then begin to process your Consortium Agreement Request Form for all approved transfer petitions.

Requesting Course Approval - Graduate Students

Graduate students must receive approval from the Registrar's Office, the Financial Aid Office, and your graduate program director. Please follow these procedures to request approval:

  1. Please begin this process at least 4 weeks before the beginning of the term.
  2. You must be a degree seeking student and registered for at least 3 units of coursework at Towson University to be eligible for consortium. Graduate students can only use consortium to take graduate level courses at other institutions.
  3. Review all transfer requirements and restrictions on the Registrar's Office Graduate Transfer Petition Form and complete a separate form for each class you will transfer. You must complete Section 1 of the form prior to submission.
  4. Complete the TU Consortium Agreement Request Form.
  5. Submit both forms to:

    Towson University
    Office of the Registrar/Academic Standards Committee
    Enrollment Services Center, Room 236
    8000 York Road
    Towson, MD 21252-0001
    asc@towson.edu

  6. Once your Transfer Petition Form has been approved, both you and the Financial Aid Office will be notified. The Financial Aid Office will then begin to process your Consortium Agreement Request Form for all approved transfer petitions.

After Courses Are Approved - Undergraduate and Graduate Students

  1. If your course transfer requests are approved, all your financial aid for the term will be awarded and disbursed by Towson University.
  2. Your financial aid cost of attendance budget under a Consortium Agreement is the combined budget at both institutions, but there is no guarantee that your financial aid will cover all costs at either or both schools.
  3. You must pay your bill at the host school from your own resources by that school's standard payment due date, or they may drop your classes for non-payment.
  4. The TU Bursar's Office will apply all of your financial aid to your TU account. The Bursar's Office cannot automatically pay your bill at the other school.
  5. If your total term aid exceeds your total term charges at TU, you will receive a rebate check from the TU Bursar's Office, but it will usually not be available until after your payment is due at the other school.
  6. Students enrolled for credit via consortium will have the equivalent number of units placed on that term’s enrollment showing as CONS 100-400 (undergraduates) or CONS 500-600 (graduates).
  7. 7. Once the course is completed, the student must have their official transcript sent to the Registrar’s Office so that the course can be posted to the record and the CONS placeholder removed.

Questions?

If you have questions about the financial aid Consortium Agreement process, please contact TU Financial Aid Adviser, Sarah Griffith, at 410-704-4236 or sgriffith@towson.edu.

If you have questions about the transfer paperwork or process, please contact Academic Standards & Policies in the Registrar’s Office at 410-704-4351 or asc@towson.edu.

 

Financial Aid Office
Enrollment Services, Room 339
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Reception Desk)
            Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Financial Aid Call Center)

Phone: 410-704-4236
Fax: 410-704-2584
E-mail: finaid@towson.edu



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