Financial Aid Office
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Towson University offers the following need-based grants. All of these programs require a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
You must reapply every year by completing the FAFSA process.
The maximum annual Pell Grants range from $672 to $6,895 per year depending on your EFC.
Awards are pro-rated based on full-time, 3/4 time, 1/2 time, or less than 1/2 time enrollment. See Minimum Credit requirements.
Both these funds are limited. We pool them together and establish combined award criteria that assign standard award amounts to recipients regardless of which fund they receive their award from.
For priority consideration, you must complete the FAFSA Process every year by our priority deadlines. (Late applicants will only be awarded if funds are available.)
Amounts vary based on financial need, housing status, and in-state or out-of-state tuition rates. Annual award amounts are subject to change.
Awards are pro-rated based on full-time, 3/4 time, 1/2 time, or less than 1/2 time enrollment. See Minimum Credit requirements. Awards may not be used for summer enrollment.
For priority consideration, new freshman applicants must apply for fall semester admission and submit a complete admission application (including transcripts and other admission documents) by November 15 and must also submit a FAFSA by February 1.
For priority consideration for renewal awards, prior recipients must complete the FAFSA Process every year by February 1.
Late applicants will only be awarded if funds are available.
The maximum award amounts are $1,200.
Students must enroll full-time for each fall and spring semester (at least 12 units per semester).
If you are a currently enrolled TU student who is experiencing financial challenges, you can apply for an Emergency Grant from TU Foundation (donor) funds.
Maryland residents may apply for the following need-based grants from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). If you are required to provide parent data on your FAFSA, then your parent(s) must also be Maryland residents. To apply, every year you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 and must demonstrate financial need. The GA and 2+2 program also require an additional MHEC application.
The first three awards require at least 12 credits per semester. All four of these MHEC awards may only be received for fall and spring classes. They can never be received for summer or winter minimester enrollment. MHEC's Howard P. Rawlings Program of Educational Excellence Awards include the Guaranteed Access Grant and the Educational Assistance Grant. For more information, follow the links below.
To apply for MHEC's Educational Assistance (EA) Grant, you must file a FAFSA every year by March 1. It does not require an additional MHEC application. Funds are limited, and MHEC selects recipients based on financial need. Award amounts range from $400 to $3,000 per year. You must enroll full-time.
To apply for MHEC's Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant, you must file a FAFSA every year by March 1 and must submit an additional GA application to MHEC during your senior year of high school. Applicants must show exceptionally high financial need. Award amounts range from $400 to $18,300 per year. You must enroll full-time.
To apply for MHEC's 2+2 Transfer Scholarship, you must file a FAFSA every year by March 1 and must submit an additional 2+2 application to MHEC. Awards may be renewed based on MHEC's criteria. Eligible applicants must be transferring from a Maryland community college. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,000 per year depending on your major. After you transfer to TU, you must enroll full-time to receive the award.
To apply for MHEC's Campus-Based Part-time Grant, you must reapply every year by completing the FAFSA process by March 1. MHEC allocates a portion of their funds to TU, and we award the funds based on MHEC's financial need selection formula. Awards range from $400 to $2,000 per year. You must enroll for 6-11 credits per semester.