Current students with unforeseen financial hardships should submit the Financial Hardship Grant application. SMCM has resources set aside to assist students with these requests.
Uncommonly worth it.
As a public institution, St. Mary’s College of Maryland is committed to providing access to our unique honors college education to students from diverse backgrounds. The Office of Student Financial Assistance strives to work closely with families to help you find resources through a range of federal, state, campus-based, and private programs. Evidence of this commitment can be seen in our low student indebtedness and loan default rates. Both of these figures are well below national averages and attest to the strong outcomes of our students.
If you are applying for the 2021-2022 year, the How To Apply section will guide you through the process.
Please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance with any questions you have about the financial assistance process. We are committed to helping you access all the financial assistance resources for which you qualify in order to allow you to enroll and successfully graduate from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
*Please note that any St. Mary’s College funding is renewable up to four years or eight semesters.
What is Financial Assistance?
Financial assistance consists of scholarships, grants and loans provided to students and families to help pay for post-secondary educational expenses. St. Mary’s College of Maryland offers support to students through both need-based and merit-based programs. 92% of the first-year students that entered the class of 2020 received a grant and/or scholarship from St. Mary’s College. Transfer students may also be eligible for both types of institutional support.
As a state-supported institution; St. Mary’s College of Maryland has extremely limited resources for institutional financial assistance. International applicants may be eligible for a merit scholarship – these decisions are made by the Office of Admissions. No supplemental form is required for scholarship consideration.
Undocumented Maryland Students
Undocumented Maryland residents are encouraged to apply for the MSFAA through Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).
How to Apply
St. Mary’s College of Maryland FAFSA (Title IV) Code: 002095
Important Dates & Deadlines
Submit the FAFSA as early as possible. You are responsible for making sure that your FAFSA is filed each year you wish to receive financial aid. ( Excludes merit-based scholarships )
2021-2022 FAFSA Availability: October 1, 2020
Maryland State Scholarship Deadline: February 28, 2021
The Business Office handles all aspects of the student account – payments, balances, refunds, 1098T and 529 plans (Prepaid college trust). For help with the student account, please contact the Business Office. Here are some useful links: