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The 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) had unprecedented changes to how students and families apply for federal student aid and how eligibility is determined.  These changes have led to many challenges for the US Department of Education. 

On January 30, 2024, the US Department of Education announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) will complete eligibility determination and begin transmitting Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) and FAFSA Submission Summaries (FSSS) to state scholarship agencies, institutions, and applicants during the first half of March 2024. 

This will delay the details related to your financial aid award offer  from UMES until early May 2024 **Pending timely receipt of FAFSA information from the Department of Education and system updates**

Better FAFSA, Better Future:

To watch a quick FAFSA Simplification message from FSA, click here.

Here with Additional Help with Student Loan Repayment

To provide you additional support, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has partnered with Student Connections to help you understand your loan repayment commitments and address any issues you may encounter. This service is completely free to you.

As you enter student loan repayment, Student Connections may contact you through emails, text messages and phone calls to:

  • Help you understand your loan obligations and responsibilities.
  • Discuss available options for an affordable repayment plan.
  • Ensure you are aware of repayment options during financial hardships.

These advocates are available to answer questions about your outstanding loans and, when appropriate, work with you and your loan servicer. Visit or talk to a borrower advocate for free at (866) 311-9450.

Who is Student Connections?

Student Connections is passionate about helping students. They partner with schools to provide support for borrowers throughout the student loan repayment process. With more than 60 years of experience in counseling student loan borrowers, their primary goal is to help establish the best repayment plan for you.

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