Applying for Financial Aid

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One of the most important things you’ll do as an admitted student is apply for financial aid.

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The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a program of the U.S. Department of Education, and the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. The office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school.

And if you’ve been admitted to UMD – that includes you.

So apply now. RIGHT HERE.

Check your status

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Admitted students can check on their financial aid status, providing they have submitted a complete FAFSA. (Typically mid to late March)

Instructions for Account Initiation:

Step One: Go to the Student Internet Account Initiation Page

Step Two: Enter your social security number, your student ID number (listed on your confirmation letter), and your birth date. Next, read the password requirements carefully and choose an appropriate password. After all information is entered, click on “Submit Form.”

Step Three: If all of the information is entered correctly, you will see the “Internet Login Successful” screen. Behind this screen, you will find your Internet ID (a.k.a. X.500 Username) and email address.

Write down your Internet ID and remember your password.  

If you need assistance initiating your e-mail account, call the UMD ITSS HelpDesk (Information Technology Systems and Services) at (218) 726-8847 or email them at

Once you have initiated your e-mail account with the University, view the requirements to complete your financial aid application verification:

  • Go to
  • Click on Check Your Financial Aid Status
  • Log in with your UMD-assigned Internet ID (X.500 user-name)
  • Enter your password

NOTE: You will NOT be able to go beyond Step 2 until late July.