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 don't require students to demonstrate any financial need, but still require the FAFSA.

FAFSA Requirements

  • FAFSA Applicants must meet all of the Federal General Eligibility Requirements.
  • You must submit a new FAFSA every year.
  • Each FAFSA applies to one academic year (Fall-Spring-Summer).
  • You can submit it before you are admitted to TU.

2022-2023 FAFSA Deadlines

If you haven't submitted this FAFSA yet, please submit it NOW!  Late applicants can still apply for federal grants and loans. 

Grants funded by TU may also still be available, but the Priority Deadlines were January 17, 2022 for returning students and freshman applicants and March 1, 2022 for transfer applicants.

Many of the state grants from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) had a strict March 1, 2022 FAFSA deadline, but several other MHEC aid programs have later deadlines.  To apply, review MHEC's aid programs

2023-2024 FAFSA Deadlines

The 2023-2024 FAFSA will become available online on October 1, 2022.

We strongly encourage all current/returning TU students to submit it by Halloween (October 31). 

Priority Deadlines for Grants funded by TU:

  • January 16, 2023 for Freshman Applicants* and Current TU Students
  • March 1, 2023 for Transfer Applicants*

*Admission applicants must submit a FAFSA and a complete admission application (including transcripts) by these deadlines.

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 a strict March 1 deadline.

FAFSA Instructions


1) Submit your FAFSA

  • Apply online at fafsa.gov.
  • TU's FAFSA Code is 002099.
  • (If you already applied, but didn't list TU's code, return to fafsa.gov to add it.)
  • For FAFSA help, use the FAFSA Help Services below.  

2) Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Please use the FAFSA's IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically upload your data from the IRS to answer all the federal tax return questions.  This process drastically reduces errors, delays, and requests for additional documentation.


3) Confirm your FAFSA submission

Several days after you submit your FAFSA:

  • Return to fafsa.gov.
  • 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 request additional documents from you.
  • To receive these requests, you must check your TU email and your Towson Online Services Student Dashboard To Dos 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 any aid.

FAFSA Help Services

For all FAFSA questions, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4FED-AID or Live Chat.  Hours:  Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. – midnight and Saturday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (Eastern time).