These instructions explain the steps you must complete after you receive Your Award Notification from TU.
We are also emailing all Financial Aid Notifications (Award Letters) for all notifications sent after 3/15/2020.
Complete Part 1 (Aid Application Requirements) within 2 weeks of Your Award Notification. You must complete these additional aid application steps now because they may cause changes to your aid application data and aid offers.
Complete Part 2 (Accepting Aid) within 2 weeks of submitting your TU Enrollment Contract.
For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions Video Presentation.
Complete steps 1-10 now.
For new students we usually mail aid notifications. (To view your awards online, login to Towson Online Services. Choose Self Service and Student Center. Then, below the Finances bar, choose Accept/Decline Awards.)
All students are required to read the entire Award Guide because it explains your award requirements and your aid responsibilities. It also explains your aid offers, and how they were calculated.
To authorize TU to discuss your aid data with your parents (or others), you must complete our Release of Information Form. Please visit Forms & Online Services now. Federal law prohibits us from discussing your aid without your authorization.
It is also extremely important that you check your online To-Do-List weekly because we may request additional documents as we process your file. Submit all documents within two weeks of our first request.
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If your Online Services To-Do-List requests verification documents, we must verify the accuracy of the data you reported on your FAFSA. Please carefully follow our Verification Instructions, and promptly submit your Verification Worksheet and IRS tax documentation.
If you do not check your email and To-Do-List regularly and fail to complete required aid tasks by the deadlines, your aid will be canceled or delayed, and you may receive a $150 late payment fine.
If at any time you decide to enroll part-time (less than 12 units) for the fall or spring semesters, you must submit a Course Load Change Form to notify us and prevent delays to your aid payments and rebates. Visit Forms & Online Services.
On your FAFSA, what housing status did you list for TU?
If at any time you decide to change your housing status, you must notify TU (and MHEC, if it applies to you).
If you will receive any other aid/benefits that are not listed on your TU award notification, you must submit a TU Notice of Additional Resources Form. Go to Forms & Online Services. (Examples of other aid include private scholarships, tuition waivers, and vocational rehabilitation benefits.)
If you have experienced any financial changes that you weren't able to report on your FAFSA form, please review our Special Financial Conditions process to determine if you are eligible to request financial need adjustments that might increase your eligibility for aid.
Complete these steps after you choose to enroll at TU.
You must accept/decline each aid offer and must decide how much you want to borrow. See step 12 for more loan guidance.
If the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) offers you any aid, they will notify you, and you must accept it in their MDCAPS system. Then they will notify the TU Financial Aid Office, and after we confirm that you are meeting all of their eligibility requirements, we will add the award to your aid record.
If you will borrow loans, you must decide how much to borrow and which loans to borrow.
First, calculate how much you want to borrow for this academic year (Fall & Spring). You can borrow loans to pay your TU charges and for your other living and personal expenses. To calculate your remaining costs, subtract your total grants and scholarships from your estimated Cost of Attendance Budget.
Next, decide how much you want to borrow from each loan program. You can reduce your borrowing by accepting smaller loan amounts and by accepting one loan program and declining others. Borrow the loans with the lowest interest rates first (1st Subsidized Direct Loans, 2nd Unsubsidized Direct Loans, and 3rd PLUS Loans). Private loan rates vary based on your credit history, but they usually have higher rates. For more information about each loan program, use the links below.
Your Award Notification lists the maximum amounts you can borrow from Federal Direct Subsidized & Unsubsidized Student Loans. For dependent students, it also lists the maximum amount your parents can borrow from Federal PLUS Loans. You could also apply for Private/Alternative Loans or use TU’s monthly Payment Plan.
The following loan origination fees will be deducted from federal loan disbursements:
These rates apply to loans with first disbursements between 10/1/2019 and 9/30/2020.
Every year, you must accept/decline your loan offers and choose your loan amounts at Towson Online Services.
If this is the first time borrowing loans at TU, you must also:
If you need to change your loan amount after you accept it, submit a TU Loan Change Form. Go to Forms & Online Services.
If your parent wants to borrow a PLUS Loan, please follow our PLUS loan instructions.
If your Award Notification offered you a Federal Work-study (FWS) award, then please review the Federal Work-Study Program information. If you think you may be interested in pursuing a FWS job, then accept the award in step 10 above and follow the FWS job search instructions on the FWS Program page.
We receive limited annual FWS funding, and if too many FWS students pursue FWS jobs, then we reserve the right to freeze hiring. If we do freeze hiring, students who haven't started FWS jobs yet will not be able to earn any FWS funds this year.
If your Award Notification did not offer you any FWS funds, then you can’t earn FWS funds, but you can still pursue many other part-time jobs on and off-campus. Visit the Career Center’s Student Employment page.
The Bursar’s Office will bill you for one semester/term at a time. Your online eBill will include tuition, fees, and other miscellaneous charges for each term. If you will live on campus, it will also include room and board charges.
If you met all of our aid deadlines, your eBill should list all of your pending financial aid disbursements.
For more information about billing and payments, visit the Bursar's Office.
When we disburse your aid, we will automatically use it to pay all of your TU charges for this term unless you choose to restrict which charges we can pay with your aid funds by submitting the optional TU Use of Funds form. Visit Forms & Online Services.