Award Requirements

After you have applied for aid, received your Your Award Notification and accepted your aid offers, please carefully review all the requirements below to avoid unexpected aid reductions.

GPA and Earned Unit Requirements

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 Dashboard, 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 also 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.

Reapplication Requirement

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) by the TU and MHEC FAFSA Deadlines.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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).

Minimum Credits

You must take a minimum number of credits each semester to receive each aid program, and must meet financial aid registration deadlines.

Drops and Withdrawals

It is very important to understand the different ways that dropping and withdrawing from classes will affect your aid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

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 and Reductions

Award Changes & Reductions explains the situations that can cause aid reductions/cancellations and explains how to avoid or prepare for them.

Scholarship Conditions

See Scholarship Conditions for information about the renewal requirements (including GPA and earned units) for most TU scholarships and several other renewable TU awards.