Lack of money should not prevent you from pursuing a degree.

Not everyone has the desire or opportunity to pursue a college education, but a degree will provide you with better opportunities in the future. Options to help finance your education include:

  • Scholarships and Grants
  • Student and Parent Loans
  • On-campus or Off-Campus Employment
  • Federal Work-Study Program

Undergraduate SPH Students

The School of Public Health is able to provide a limited number of students with financial aid opportunities. These opportunities include:

- TerpStart Scholarships - Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and maintain satisfactory progress toward a degree. Recipients are awarded a $1000 scholarship for Fall and Spring semesters so long as they meet eligbility. 

- SPH Scholarship Fund - Funded by the University's Scholarship Day, an annual 24-hour giving challenge, recipients are chosen based on financial need. 

- The Jerry P. Wrenn Endowed Scholarship - This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Jerry P. Wrenn who was a faculty member, student advisor, associate dean of student services, and finally dean of the College of Health and Human Performance (which became the School of Public Health). Each year, this Scholarship helps fund outstanding SPH seniors who demonstrate financial need. Students in all SPH degree programs, including Public Health Science students at Shady Grove, are eligible to apply for a Wrenn scholarship if they meet the academic requirements. For more information on how to apply, please contact Dr. Coke Farmer, assistant dean for undergraduate affairs.

- SPH Student Emergency Scholarship - This emergency fund was established to help keep current students when they are confronted with a financial emergency that could prevent them from remaining in school. The funds are used to respond to immediate financial situations that directly impact the student's ability to attend and function in classes. For more information on how to apply, please contact Dr. Coke Farmer, assistant dean for undergraduate affairs.

Other Financial Aid Options

The Federal Government provides aid to more than 10 million students each year with grants, low interest loans and work-study programs. The Federal student aid programs are the largest source of student aid in America. These programs provide more than $80 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance.

Freshman applying to University of Maryland, you will automatically be considered for several university scholarships.  Transfer students may apply for the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship if they qualify. 

Scholarships may be also available from the Federal and State government, local companies or your parent's workplace.

For additional information on scholarships and financial aid, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.