Submitting a FAFSA

You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for all federal student and parent loan programs, need-based grants, the Federal Work-study program, and some need-based scholarships. Several federal loan programs do not require students or families to demonstrate any financial need, but still require FAFSA data.  Follow the instructions below.

FAFSA Requirements

FAFSA Deadlines

  • If you haven't filed a 2020-2021, FAFSA yet, please apply now!  you can still do so to apply for federal grants and loans, but you've missed the deadlines for MHEC grants and the priority deadline for TU grants..
  • The FAFSA opens for each new academic year on October 1.
  • We strongly encourage returning/current TU students to submit it by Halloween (October 31). 
  • For priority consideration for TU’s need-based grants and work-study funds, all students must submit a 2021-2022 FAFSA by 1/15/2021.  
  • New applicants to TU for must also submit a complete Fall 2021 semester admission application (including transcripts and test results) by 1/15/2021.
  • MHEC Aid Deadline: The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) offers many aid programs for Maryland residents. To apply for many (but not all) of these aid programs, you must submit your FAFSA every year by March 1.
Aid year Fafsa opens TU AID Priority deadline mhec aid deadline
2020-2021 10/1/2019 1/15/2020 3/1/2020
2021-2022 10/1/2020 1/15/2021 3/1/2021

FAFSA Instructions

1) Submit your FAFSA

  • Apply online at
  • TU's FAFSA Code is 002099.
  • (If you already applied, but didn't list TU's code, return to to add it.)
  • To complete your FAFSA with the myStudentAid app, download it from the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).


Use the FAFSA's IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically upload data from the IRS to answer all the federal tax return questions.  This process reduces errors and your risk of being asked to provide additional documentation to verify your answers.

3) Confirm your FAFSA Submission

Several days after you submit your FAFSA:

  • Return to
  • Confirm that your FAFSA was processed.
  • Make sure that your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is not blank.
  • Review all comments and the accuracy of your data.

4) Submit additional Documentation to TU

  • After we receive your FAFSA, we may need to request additional documents from you.
  • To receive these requests, you must check your TU email and your TU Online Services To-Do List.
  • For new students, we can prepare a tentative aid offer before you submit your documentation.
  • For returning TU students, you must submit all required documents before we can offer you aid.

FAFSA Help Services


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