Eligibility requirements vary widely between different aid programs, especially programs with different funding sources (federal, state, institutional, or private).
Aid programs include many different grant, scholarship, loan, and work programs from different sources with unique names for each aid program. Some aid programs require financial need, but many others do not. Many grants require financial need. Most merit-based scholarships do not require financial need and are usually awarded to the strongest applicants based on a competitive comparison of students' academic records or other achievements.
To apply for most federal aid programs (including federal loans, grants, and work-study funds) and TU's need-based Institutional Grant, you must meet all of the federal general eligibility requirements below. Each of these aid programs also has additional eligibility requirements. Some of the Maryland Higher Education Commission's (MHEC) state grants and scholarships also use some of these requirements.
Students must meet all eight requirements below. Parents who borrow Federal PLUS Loans must meet requirements 1 and 2.
Undocumented and DACA students do not meet these federal requirements, but are eligible for other aid programs.
The following aid programs also require financial need:
The following aid programs DO NOT require financial need: