Students must be enrolled at least half time at UMW to receive financial aid, which is a minimum of 6 undergraduate credit hours per semester for undergraduate programs and 5 graduate credit hours per semester for graduate programs. Students enrolled in certificate only programs must meet the half-time criteria with coursework that counts toward the completion of the certificate. Additionally, students enrolled in programs with two eight week terms per semester must enroll in both terms to be eligible for financial aid.


File the FAFSA on or before March 1 for fall and November 1 for spring to be considered for all types of financial aid. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to file on-line. Award notifications will be mailed by mid March to all first-time students who file on-time and for whom UMW received valid results from the FAFSA.  Federal tax transcripts are required from students (and their parents for dependent students) selected for verification if they did not select the IRS retrieval option when completing the FAFSA .  Supporting documentation that has been requested by UMW (such as tax returns) must be submitted on or before May 15 for students to retain the financial assistance that was awarded for fall/spring and November 15 for spring transfer students.  The office of Financial Aid starts mailing spring award notifications in mid-November.


  • File FAFSA by March 1
  • Submit required documentation when requested (by May 15)
  • Review Satisfactory Academic Progression Policy
  • Fall awards for students with complete files mailed mid-to-late June
  • Check Financial Aid website, MyUMW portal, and e-mails regularly for updates

Students who do not file the FAFSA by the published dates and whose files are incomplete on June 1 will be considered late filers and have their awards canceled. Scholarship and grant aid that is canceled will be awarded to other eligible students. Late filers may still receive student loans for fall provided their files are complete by November 1. The final date for completing files for spring loans is March 1.

To be considered for endowed scholarships, most of which are need-based, students must also complete the Scholarship Application Form and submit by May 15 for Fall consideration. Many scholarships may be renewed provided that students meet academic requirements, the FAFSA filing date, and submit required documents on or before May 15.

To learn about the eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs and information about the FAFSA, click here.