Financial Aid at the University of Mary

At the University of Mary, we are committed to helping students navigate the options to pay for college. We offer a number of scholarship programs to help students with the cost of tuition. In fact, 99 percent of undergraduate students on campus at the University of Mary receive financial aid – a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, or work-study.

Academic scholarships are available for all admitted students on our main campus, as well as scholarships for participation in activities, such as music or athletics.

If you have questions or would like more information about scholarships or financial aid, please contact the University of Mary Financial Aid Office at 800-288-6279.

All my classes converted to online during the COVID-19 outbreak. Will this affect my financial aid? 

Financial aid eligibility does not change due to the conversion of in-person courses to online. As long as you remain enrolled in your courses, there is no change to your spring semester financial aid offer.

Will this affect my federal or state aid (ND State Grant, Pell Grants, Student Loans, etc.)? 

We do not believe so. The U.S. Department of Education has indicated that, as long a student is enrolled and working toward their degree, federal Pell grants, SEOG grants and Federal Direct Loans should not be impacted by this disruption.

My family’s income has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). Can I appeal my financial aid for the 2020-21 Academic Year?

The University of Mary understands that your family may have very recent and immediate changes to your financial circumstances related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The pandemic is quickly evolving, and the University of Mary Office of Financial Aid will work with you to answer your questions and provide as much information as possible. We recognize that as business and school closures continue through the spring, the potential impact to your families may grow.

Typically, a family may submit a request for review based on a change in circumstances when there has been sustained unemployment or income changes for at least two months. Changes or anticipated changes to income may not always result in a change to the financial aid offer or may result in a one-semester revision that will be re-evaluated in the fall. The Office of Financial Aid is committed to working with each student who has concerns about their individual circumstances. Specific questions can be directed to the University of Mary Office of Financial Aid at [email protected]. Students may submit a Special Circumstances Request Form and supporting material to via one of the below methods as part of the financial aid renewal process.

University of Mary
Office of Financial Aid
7500 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58501

Fax: 701-355-6663

I had plans to participate in the YRC program. With the change to online, can I still get financial aid?

Yes, YRC students are still eligible for financial aid based on their full-time enrollment, in degree applicable courses. YRC participating students are encouraged to reach out to Kathy Lowe at [email protected] with questions.

What if I have questions about financial aid?

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid by email at [email protected] or by phone 701-355-8142.

I currently have federal student loans and the COVID-19 outbreak may affect my ability to make payments, what are my options?

If you are enrolled at least half-time, you are automatically eligible for an in-school deferment and no payments will be required. If you have graduated or discontinued attendance and your loans are in repayment, you may be eligible for an administrative forbearance, which would allow you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. For more information on this option and how to apply, please contact your federal loan servicer.

Additional federal loan information and updates due to COVID-19 can be found online.

Do any of the recent federal student loan changes apply to private student loans?

No, currently the above-mentioned loan changes are only applicable to federal student loans. If you have questions or concerns about your private student loan payments, please contact your private student loan lender for options.

Ready to get started?

Receive financial aid for your education at Mary in five easy steps:

  1. Complete the FAFSA

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs. You can complete the FAFSA anytime after October 1 and submit your FAFSA online.

  2. Find scholarships

    Institutional and private scholarships are another way to help pay for your college expenses. The University of Mary offers a number of scholarship programs to help students pay for college.

  3. Research other aid

    You may qualify for other types of financial aid, including student loans, student grants, and scholarships available through the State of North Dakota and private organizations. Learn more about the types of financial aid available.

  4. Talk with a counselor

    Our financial aid advisors will work with you one-on-one to ensure you receive the best financial aid package possible. If you have questions, you can always contact our Financial Aid office for help.

  5. Receive your award letter

    After you submit your application for financial aid, you will receive a financial aid offer letter or email from the University of Mary detailing your financial aid package and what your cost will be to attend the university.