Applying for Aid as a Graduate Professional

To apply for federal and state need-based aid, you must:

1. Apply to the University as a degree-seeking student

2. Complete the FAFSA Online

Federal School Code is 001536
Create an FSA ID and Password at
FAFSA may be completed as early as January 1, but before the preferred filing deadline of April 15 for graduate students. Students applying after the preferred date will be awarded on a funds available basis.

3. Accept/Decline Aid in CaneLink

Students will be awarded financial aid based on an estimated full time cost of attendance assuming the annual per credit cost of tuition for nine credits per term. Before the start of the term the Office of Financial Assistance will adjust each student’s Cost of Attendance based on their actual tuition charges and if necessary reduce their financial aid.

If a student registers for additional courses and needs an increase in their loans they can request this in writing by emailing our office at from their UM e-mail address.

4. Complete Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling

These requirements must be completed via Note that "Financial Awareness Counseling", which provides tools and information to help students understand financial aid and manage their finances, does not meet the federal requirements for completing the Entrance Counseling