Having trouble with rent this month? Car trouble? Getting behind on bills? Undergraduate students who find themselves in a financial crisis which could put their academic success at risk can apply for the Hope Grant.
Who is Eligible?
- Undergraduate (full time or part time)
- Main campus student
- Registered for classes during the term when the hardship occurred
- Expected family contribution on the FAFSA is $12,000 or less
- Never received Hope funds through UMary
- Applying for an eligible financial emergency
Financial emergencies are unexpected expenses that, if not resolved quickly, could lead to a student's departure from the college and loss of momentum toward completion.
Eligible expenses include but are not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Vehicle expenses/transportation
Ineligible expenses include: tuition, fees, fines, parking, required equipment/tools for program, entertainment expenses, alcohol/tobacco.
How do I receive Hope Grant funds?
- Review eligibility criteria and apply online
- Gather documentation of the financial emergency. It is required and will expedite the process.
How are funding decisions made?
- Student Success Center (SSC) receives eligibility/referral forms and verifies initial eligibility.
- SSC contacts you to inform you of eligibility status.
- Hope Grant Committee (three UMary staff members) convene to vote on application Monday mornings.
- Business office disburses funds to vendor the Friday following the week of approval.
What is the maximum amount I can receive?
Grant awards are made based on committee decision. Grant funds cannot be disbursed to a student directly; funds must be paid to a vendor or dispersed in the form of a gift card.
How long are funds available?
Hope grants funds are available through June 30, 2021 or until exhausted.