1) Admission to a Degree Program or Eligible Certificate Program

Admission to a Degree Program or Eligible Certificate Program: Applicants for student financial aid must be admitted to a UMA degree or eligible certificate program before financial aid eligibility will be determined by UMA Financial Aid. Complete your applications for admission and FAFSA now! Visit the Admissions Office web page for details.

2) Completing the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed each academic year for all programs administered by UMA. These programs include: federal, state, and university grants, loans, work-study and  scholarships.

UMA’s Federal School Code is: 006760

Apply here: http://www.fafsa.gov/

  • UMA’s priority FAFSA deadline date is March 1st for an upcoming academic year.
  • Use the IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL, which allows you and/or your parents to obtain income information directly from the IRS and transfer it into your FAFSA. Click here to find out more information about the data retrieval tool at: http://www.irsdataretrievaltool.com/
  • The FAFSA must be filed each academic year and should be completed online. You must create a FSA ID to electronically sign your FAFSA.  More information may be found here: https://fsaid.ed.gov/
  • Avoiding potential mailing delays;
  • Instantly reviews your application for basic errors prior to your final submission to the Federal Processor;
  • Allowing you to follow the progress of your FAFSA;
  • Letting UMA receive your application within 2 weeks from submission; and
  • Enabling you to make subsequent electronic corrections to your FAFSA data.

UMA staff do not have access to your FSA ID and password..

3) Application Deadlines:

UMA’s preferred application deadline for the FAFSA is March 1st to allow for the equitable distribution of limited funding to eligible students.  Applicants that meet the preferred deadline automatically have their eligibility reviewed for all programs.

Applicants that submit their FAFSA after UMA’s preferred deadline will automatically have their eligibility reviewed for all programs based upon eligibility and the availability of funding.

Note: several university scholarships require meeting the FAFSA preferred application deadline.

4) Application Verification:

You and/or your parents may be required to provide our office with additional documentation that verifies the data you provided on your FAFSA.  Specific verification requests and instructions will be available to students on their MaineStreet To-Do list, found on the Student Center.  UMA does not make initial awards until the verification process is complete.

Please do not submit unsolicited items including tax returns, W-2’s, or other documents.

All forms are PDF documents. The free Adobe Acrobat Reader is available here.

Students required to complete Verification Worksheets or asset forms may download a copy here.