Questions About Accepting Aid
How can my parent apply for the optional parent loan?
This is the maximum PLUS Loan amount that your parents can borrow. To apply for a Federal Parent PLUS loan, your parent must complete a Master Promissory Note and annual PLUS Loan Request. Please carefully follow these PLUS Loan Instructions.
Do my total aid offers match my expected bill from TU?
No. Your aid offers are based on the aid that we are able to offer you and your estimated
annual Cost of Attendance Budget, which includes estimated TU charges and allowances for other expenses, such as books
and living expenses.
If your expected charges exceed your aid offers, you must pay the remaining balance by the Due Date on your online eBill. If your aid exceeds your charges, the Student & University Billing Office will send you a refund after your bill is paid. For more detailed financial aid refund information, please visit our Aid Disbursements & Rebates; and for more detailed billing information, visit or call the Student & University Billing Office at 410-704-2100.
What situations can change my financial aid?
These are the most common situations. For more information, see Award Changes & Reductions. Please notify our office of any changes listed below so we may adjust your financial aid promptly.
- Part-time enrollment
- Receipt of additional aid
- Corrected FAFSA errors
- Changes or corrections to Housing status
- Academic Progress Policy violations
- Dropped/withdrawn courses
- 2nd Repeats of passed courses
- Reapplication requirements
How will financial aid office communicate with me?
We will primarily communicate with you through your TU student email account. You
must read all aid emails, complete all aid tasks, and must notify your parents about all requests for parent data. (See below for instructions on how to automatically
forward copies of your financial aid emails to your parent's email accounts.)
We will also post documentation requests to the To Dos list on your Towson Online Services Student Dashboard. Please check your To Dos weekly.
How do I forward financial aid emails to a parent?
From your TU email account, go to Settings and select the source you want forwarded — finaid AT_TOWSON. Select More to filter messages “to” and “from.” Be sure to disable “all forwarding” and apply the filter.
How can I authorize you to release aid information to my parents or others?
Federal rules prohibit us from discussing your aid data with parents or others unless without your authorization.
To grant authorization, login to the Towson Online Service Student Dashboard. Then, choose Financials, Financial Aid Forms, the current Aid Year, and complete the Release of Information form.
What are the aid deadlines?
What if I change my housing plans after completing the fafsa?
How do I determine if I am an independent student?
What is a 1098T and where can I get one?
Can I receive aid for a second bachelor’s degree?