Yes, your aid may change, but in almost all cases, the money you save will significantly exceed any aid reductions. How your aid will change will depend on what kind of aid you are receiving.
Federal Pell Grant amounts will never change based on housing status changes.
For almost all other aid programs, your total combined aid (grants, scholarships, loans, etc) can’t exceed these Cost of Attendance Budgets. Because the Living-with-parent budgets are much lower, if your total aid exceeds these Living-with-parent budgets, we must reduce your aid according to these over-award reduction formulas, which usually reduce loans first.
In addition, the following aid programs always change based on housing status:
- For the TU ”Institutional Grant” and Federal SEOG Grants the maximum Living-with-parent amounts are $1,200 for in-state students and $5,000 for out-of-state students. Your award could be lower if your aid also exceeds these reduction formula requirements.
- If you have an MHEC Guaranteed Access Grant, the Living-with-parent amount can’t exceed $7,300, but your award could be even less based on additional factors in MHEC’s formula. This is much less than their maximum on-campus amount.
If you have an MHEC Educational Assistance Grant, based on MHEC’s formula your award may remain the same or may be around $500 less.
If you decide to live with your parents for fall, you must notify the TU Financial Aid Office. If you are unsure of your plans, please wait until you are sure. To notify us:
- Login to TU Online Services
- Choose Self Service and Student Center
- Then under the Finances section, choose Financial Aid Forms
- Then choose the 2020-2021 aid year and the Housing Verification Form.
If you also receive any of these Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) aid programs, you must also notify MHEC via their MDCAPS system.
Your answer will depend on the source of your scholarship. To keep all of the Towson University Scholarships listed on this web page and Honors Scholarships, you must take full-time fall and spring classes at TU. This web page also explains the appeal process.
While most fall classes will still be on-campus in a modified format, any students who prefer to take all their classes in a fully online format should be able to do so. These options should allow most students to choose between on-campus or online instruction.
If you are a new admit to TU and you want to defer your enrollment to spring, please also see the Admissions FAQs about deferring enrollment.
The answer varies by aid program.
For scholarships, see the answer above.
For federal Pell Grants, student loans, and parent loans, we can reoffer you the spring portion of these funds if you enroll in spring classes. Failure to attend fall won’t hurt your eligibility for spring awards from these programs.
For the “Institutional Grant” and Federal SEOG Grant and Federal Work-study funds, if you don’t attend any TU fall classes, your fall and spring awards will be canceled. In October, if we have any remaining funds still available for returning spring students, we will re-offer them to students with higher financial need.
If you received any Maryland Higher Education Commission grants or scholarships, you must accept your awards in their MDCAPS system. Do not decline your award. If you won't enroll for fall, you can change your fall enrollment status to not enrolled. Then, the spring portion will remain available for spring.
If you have already received an MHEC Guaranteed Access or Educational Assistance grant for at least 2 years, then you must earn at least 30 units during the 2020-2021 academic year to remain eligible for a renewal grant for the 2021-2022 year. Please carefully review MHEC's credit completion requirements.