Considering how you'll finance your education is important before you get started with your application. Our admissions counselors can answer any questions and help develop a plan that's affordable for your budget.

Tuition & Payment FAQs

Where can I find UMUC's tuition rates? +

Learn all you can about our affordable tuition rates. If you know which program you're interested in, you can find ballpark costs on the degree or certificate page.

Can I afford to attend UMUC? +

With state university tuition rates, flexible transfer credit programs, scholarships, and financial aid, UMUC can help you bring a degree within reach. We'll help you develop a plan that's affordable for you.

Does UMUC have a payment plan for tuition and fees? +

Yes. Learn more about how you can manage your payments with UMUC's interest-free monthly payment plan.

Can I use a payment plan to assist in settling my account balance? +

Yes. You could be eligible to participate in an interest-free monthly payment plan. This plan gives you financial flexibility by allowing you to spread out payment for tuition and fees over several months. Instead of writing one big check to cover your college costs, you can make several smaller, more manageable monthly payments—and there are absolutely no interest charges, just a small nonrefundable application fee. Talk to an admissions counselor to learn more.

Will military Tuition Assistance cover my costs at UMUC? +

Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit that pays for your tuition. Each branch of the armed forces has its own criteria for this assistance. If you qualify, your branch will pay UMUC directly, reducing your out-of-pocket costs. While Tuition Assistance pays up to 100 percent of your undergraduate tuition, it does not cover all costs, such as books or all graduate tuition. Financial aid can help meet these additional costs.

How do I know if I qualify for the military tuition rate at UMUC? +

We help make education more affordable by offering a discounted military tuition rate.

You may be eligible for our undergraduate or graduate military tuition rate if you are an active-duty military servicemember or a member of the Selected Reserves, National Guard, or the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

If you are a spouse or dependent child of one of these aforementioned student groups, you are eligible for the undergraduate military tuition rate. If you are a spouse of an active-duty servicemember or Commissioned Corps member of the USPHS or NOAA, you are eligible for the military graduate rate. Some dependent children are eligible for the military graduate rate as well.

Although spouses of military veterans are not eligible for the special military tuition rate, they may be able to use transferred veteran's education benefits or other payment options at UMUC.

Student veterans can qualify for the military rate if they are currently in one of the military categories listed above, or they may qualify for the in-state rate if they are residing in Maryland and meet certain other requirements. Spouses and children of veterans may also qualify for the in-state rate if they are residing in Maryland and meet certain other requirements. Please contact our Residency office at residency@umuc.edu for more information.

Additionally, our admissions counselors can help you pursue all payment options, including educational benefits, financial aid, and scholarships.

If I qualify for military Tuition Assistance, when can I expect it to be applied? +

Tuition Assistance will be applied to your account within 48 hours of receipt. If your account does not reflect your tuition assistance payment after 48 hours, please contact Third-Party Billing.

Financial Aid FAQs

Who is eligible for financial aid at UMUC? +

We encourage everyone to apply for financial aid. Whether the aid you receive is in the form of scholarships or Federal aid money, our Financial Aid Office is here to help you.

How do I apply for financial aid at UMUC? +

First, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA. Then, learn about UMUC's complete financial aid options.

Does UMUC offer scholarships? +

We offer more than 100 merit- and need-based scholarships to qualified students. Special scholarships are available for military servicemembers, spouses, and veterans.

How do I apply for a UMUC scholarship? +

You must meet the minimum qualifications before you are invited to apply for UMUC scholarships.

Minimum Qualifications

  • You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Graduate students must complete a minimum of 9 UMUC credits with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 15 UMUC credits with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Application

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be sent an invitation to complete the online scholarship application through MyUMUC as a "to-do list" item.

Can I receive multiple scholarships from UMUC? +

Yes. You can receive multiple scholarships from UMUC.

If I enroll at UMUC, will I still be able to use financial aid for classes at my community college? +

Since UMUC is your home school, you are responsible for paying tuition at your host school, which would be your community college. If you complete a UMUC financial aid consortium agreement, your financial aid will be based on your total enrollment at both schools.

For more information, view UMUC's policy on attending other institutions and receiving aid.

If I apply for financial aid as a community college alliance student, which school issues it? +

If your community college is your home school, that institution issues your financial aid. As soon as you plan to make UMUC your home school, you should apply for financial aid through UMUC. If you still plan to take classes at your host school (community college) while enrolled at UMUC, you are welcome to complete the UMUC financial aid consortium agreement.

For more information, view UMUC's policy on attending other institutions and receiving aid.

Does UMUC work with a lender that offers alternative loans to UMUC students? +

UMUC does not endorse any specific lender or group of lenders. Please check with your bank or lending institution to find information on participating lenders, application requirements, interest rates, loan limits, and repayment options.