How To Apply Graduate Below are the financial aid application requirements for prospective U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen undergraduate students. Use the checklist provided to make sure you submit all of the required forms and documents on time. To learn how to apply for loans click here.

Prospective and Continuing Students
To be considered for federal and state need-based aid, the following must be completed:
  • If a prospective student or a student seeking readmission, apply to the University as a degree-seeking student

  • Complete the FAFSA Online
    Federal School Code is 001536
    Request a FAFSA PIN 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Summer Loans
    To qualify for a summer loan, in addition to the steps above, the following must be completed:
  • Complete the Summer Loan form (this form is available during summer registration).

    Additional Documentation
    Students will be notified via their CaneLink account “To-Do” list of any additional documentation the Office of Financial Assistance Services deems necessary in review and processing of the student’s financial aid application. No financial aid can be finalized until all requested documentation is received and reviewed by the OFAS.

    Award Notification
    Graduate students will receive an email alerting them that awards have posted to their CaneLink account. You may accept/decline all or any portion of the award through CaneLink.