Most grants are awarded based on demonstrated financial need. Students must meet Maryland's FAFSA priority deadline of March 1st to be considered for most State of Maryland grants.
The Federal Pell Grant can be an invaluable aid in meeting the costs of higher education. However the Pell Grant alone will not meet the entire tuition and fee costs at UB.
Federal Pell Grant
• Awarded to undergraduate students working toward their first bachelor’s degree only.
• Eligibility is based on enrollment, cost of attendance, and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) derived from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
• Basic Pell Eligibility – Students can receive up to $5550 for the 2011-2012 aid year. This grant is available for the first 24 credits of study, a maximum of 12 credits per semester.
Our Pell Calculator located at http://www.ubalt.edu/admission/financial-aid/pell-grant-calculator.cfm can help you determine your Pell Grant eligibility.
Will Pell cover my bill for summer?
Pell alone will never cover your bill. Whether you have Pell available for summer or not depends upon how much Pell you have received in Fall and Spring. If you have enrolled full time for fall and spring you will have no Pell for summer. The Pell 2 program that was available for Summer 2010 and Summer 2011 has been discontinued by the Department of Education. For summer 2012 students with remaining Pell eligibility have been awarded for 3 credits of Pell. If you enroll in six credits any additional Pell as well as any unused Direct Stafford Loan eligibility will be awarded, there is no application required.
Can I pay the remainder of my summer bill with my refund in the fall?
Your summer bill is due before the start of summer classes. If you have a remaining balance after your account is credited with any summer financial aid, you should make payment or arrange to make payment to the Bursar’s Office. Failure to do so will result in a hold being placed on your account and this will block enrollment (including class changes) for the fall.
Will the Bursar’s Office apply fall financial aid refunds to an outstanding bill?
Our office does not handle billing or collections, this is the responsibility of the Bursar’s Office. However, there is a federal regulation that prevents the Bursar’s Office from applying any Title IV funds to a semester outside of the current aid year. Fall is considered to be in the upcoming year and Summer is considered to be in the former year. So, federal aid cannot be applied back to summer. If you have an unpaid summer balance, while you may receive a refund for fall, this does not indicate that your summer bill has been covered. You must check your summer bill and pay it, including any late fees.
This grant awards to students with exceptional need working on their first bachelor’s degree who are Pell eligible. Awards are based on the availability of funds, and range from $100 to $1,000 per academic year. Funding is extremely limited and is not guaranteed year to year.
State Scholarships Grants
The State of Maryland offers a number of State scholarship programs for Maryland residents that are based on merit or other criteria. Some programs consider a student's need as well as other factors. Some programs require a student to work in Maryland in a specific employment field after graduation.
The various grants and scholarships offered by the State of Maryland have different application forms and deadlines. Please review online the individual descriptions of Maryland's financial aid programs for more specific application information. Also pay close attention to the deadlines and other required information to be submitted with the applications.
Scholarships may also be available from your Maryland State Senator or Delegates.
To review Maryland State scholarship criteria, including the Maryland State Senator or Delegate awards or for more information, please visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission.