Application Process and Deadlines

1) Admissions Office Merit Scholarships

The TU Admissions Office offers a number of merit-based scholarships to full-time incoming freshman and transfer students. Selection is competitive. Awards are based on academic achievements without regard to financial need.

To apply for these scholarships, submit a Fall Application for Admission, transcripts and test results by December 1. Recipients are notified around March 1. (No FAFSA or other application forms are required.)

2) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students must complete the FAFSA to apply for federal student and parent loans, most need-based grant programs, Federal Work-study funds and some scholarship programs.

  • Apply online every year at
  • TU’s FAFSA Code is 002099.

TU Priority Deadline for 2016-2017

  • To apply for need-based grants from TU, you must submit your FAFSA after January 1 and by February 15.
  • Several days later, return to the FAFSA web site, review the accuracy of your data and all comments, and make sure that your “Expected Family Contribution (EFC)” is not blank.

Estimating Tax Data

  • The FAFSA requests federal tax return data. If you cannot complete your taxes by February 15, you should report estimated tax data.
  • If you report estimated tax data, after you complete your taxes, you must return to the FAFSA website and make corrections to submit your final tax data.

Late FAFSA Applications:

If you miss TU’s Priority deadline, you should submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after the deadline, but you will only be considered for Federal Pell Grants, federal loans, and some scholarships.

Admissions and the FAFSA

  • You should submit the FAFSA by the deadlines listed above. You should not wait until you receive your admissions decision.
  • Aid applications have no influence on students’ selections for admission.

3) State Aid Programs

Legal residents of the state of Maryland can apply for Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) aid programs. They offer grants and scholarships based on financial need or merit, or a combination of both. Many of these aid programs only require the FAFSA, but some require additional application steps. MHEC has a March 1 FAFSA deadline. For more details, visit or call 410-260-4565.

4) TU Scholarship Seeker

For information on scholarships from other university departments and the state of Maryland, visit

5) Private Scholarships

A wide variety of private organizations offer scholarships including businesses, foundations, and civic organizations.

For free search tools and tips, visit

6) Transfer Applicants

Institutionally based financial aid will not transfer from a prior school to Towson University, and other aid offers may change.

  • Students who receive aid from MHEC must visit to reassign their awards to TU.
  • Students who transfer in spring or summer must visit and make corrections to add TU’s School Code (002099) to their current FAFSA.