To avoid unexpected aid reductions, please carefully review all of the requirement sections listed below.
Before withdrawing from classes, please read about drops and withdraws.
Because different aid programs have different requirements, to determine your GPA and/or Earned Unit requirements, you must first review your current aid programs. Login to your Towson Online Services Student Center, choose Financials from the main Navigation Menu, then View Financial Aid.
For the TU Institutional Grant and these federal aid programs (Pell, SEOG and TEACH Grants; Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and PLUS Loans, and Federal Work-study funds), please read our Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
For most TU scholarships, read these TU Scholarship Conditions.
For Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) aid programs, see the requirements below. Many MHEC aid programs require compliance with TU’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy.
For questions about other aid programs not listed above, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
All federal aid and most need-based grants do not renew. You must reapply for these
programs every year by submitting a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For 2021-2022, our Priority FAFSA Deadline for TU aid was January 15, 2021.
We award our need-based grants based on this annual evaluation of financial need, and we direct our available funds toward students with higher financial need.
You must continue to meet all the federal Eligibility Requirements to remain eligible for many aid programs including all federal aid, many Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) aid programs and Need-Based Grants (the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and the TU Institutional Grant).
You must take a minimum number of credits each semester to receive each aid program, and must meet financial aid registration deadlines.
It is very important to understand the different ways that dropping and withdrawing from classes will affect your aid.
To remain eligible to receive aid, all students are required to make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degrees. All students are required to read and comply with this policy to remain eligible for aid.
Award Changes & Reductions explains the situations that can cause aid reductions/cancellations and explains
how to avoid or prepare for them.