Office of Financial Aid
Glendening Hall, Room 130
Assistant Director- Direct Lending
Financial Aid Coordinator
Office of Financial Aid
St. Mary's College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
St. Mary's College of Maryland Grants and Scholarships
St. Mary's College of Maryland recognizes that College is a major investment for most students and families. There are two types of need-based aid:
- gift aid (grants)
- self-help aid (Federal Direct Loans and Federal Work-Study)
In order to be considered for need-based aid, you must annually complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The federal processor must receive your FAFSA by February 15th for priority consideration. Those students who demonstrate the most need are considered for the most gift aid. Need-based aid can also be combined with merit scholarships. Need-based aid from St. Mary's may be used in certain circumstances to support study abroad opportunities in approved St. Mary's programs.
The Financial Aid Office can provide a wealth of information about the variety of need-based aid programs available. Once you receive your offer of admission and pay your deposit, you can monitor the financial aid process online at the Office of Financial Aid's secure Seahawks web-site.
Merit scholarships recognize academic achievement and co-curricular accomplishments and are given on a competitive basis without regard to financial need. Students may receive both grants and scholarships.
Students are automatically considered for a scholarship based on their academic record, standardized test scores, strength of curriculum, essay, recommendations, and individual attributes. St. Mary's does not use set formulas for determining scholarships. Recipients of Merit Scholarships typically have challenged themselves with rigorous courses of study such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or honors courses. All St. Mary's College scholarships are renewable for up to four years of full-time study at St. Mary's as long as the student remains in good academic standing in at least 12 graded credits each semester. The total amount of scholarships received from St. Mary's may not exceed the cost of in-state tuition. Tuition waivers are scholarships and count toward this limit.
St. Mary's Academic Achievement Scholarship: These scholarships are awarded to students with outstanding academic achievement and significant individual attributes.
St. Mary's Transfer Scholarship: Scholarships are made on a competitive basis to transfer students with outstanding academic records at another college.
Phi Theta Kappa or Honors Program Scholarship: Transfer students who enter St. Mary's with an A.A. or A.S. degree, a GPA of 3.5 or better, and who are members in good standing of Phi Theta Kappa or Honors Program are eligible.
First-Year Excellence Scholarship: Students who complete their first year of study at St. Mary's College with excellent grades in 32 or more credits, will be considered on a competitive basis for this scholarship. First-Year Excellence Scholarships are limited to students who did not receive a scholarship upon entrance.
Paul H. Nitze Scholars Program: The Nitze Scholars Program is designed for highly motivated students who demonstrate exceptional academic potential and an interest in studying leadership and practicing service. Application is by invitation of the Nitze Scholars Committee.
STEM Navigators Scholarship Program: Scholarships of $5000 to $10,000 will be awarded to 10 financially needy incoming students who intend to major in one of the science and math fields at St. Mary's College. Please visit the STEM Navigators web-site at www.smcm.edu/navigators for more information.