Financial Aid


The mission of the Office of Student Services (OSS) is to collaborate with fellow USG departments and our nine university partners to offer programming and services designed to enhance the overall educational experience of students in the areas of financial aid, registration and student engagement.

OSS aims to cultivate responsible and ethical leaders who can think critically and independently by providing opportunities to develop healthy school/life balance, cultural awareness, and meaningful interpersonal relationships necessary for students' academic and professional success.


Financial Aid:

Everything you need to know about billing, tuition, and financial aid is in this section. Click on the topic you are interested in and find your individual school's information.

    Student Aid Report (SAR)

After your FAFSA has been processed, the Office of Federal Student Aid Programs will forward you a Student Aid Report (SAR) which provides a summary of the information you reported on the FAFSA. In addition, this report will list your "Expected Family Contribution," which is used by student financial aid offices to determine your financial aid eligibility. You should receive a SAR approximately four weeks after submitting your FAFSA to the federal processor.

Special Circumstances

Awarding of need-based financial aid is based upon a student's eligibility as determined by data recorded on the FAFSA. If, however, a student's available income has decreased due to special circumstances, they may qualify for certain adjustments to their eligibility and aid awards through a process known as "Professional Judgement." Please contact the USG Student Services Office for more information on this process.

Merit-Based Aid

We recommend students pursue all available merit-based scholarship opportunities provided by their home institution as well as by private organizations and donors. Students are encouraged to research and apply for such opportunities by searching the Web, public and school library resources, and by contacting their employers, area organizations, and community groups. Please refer to the Universities at Shady Grove Web site for links to several free Internet scholorship searches.

For More Information

For more information, students may contact the USG Student Services Office or the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1.800.433.3243. Students may also view more information on various federal, state, and private resources at the following Web sites:

U.S. Department of Education

USA Group

Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Loans

MD State Financial Assistance Programs & Applications

Federal Work Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) student employment positions are available onsite at USG. If you need convenient part-time employment, please read on.

Students who apply and qualify for a Federal Work-Study (FWS) award as part of their financial aid package may pursue FWS employment positions available onsite at USG. An array of positions is available in both the Student Services and Academic Program offices, including positions in office/clerical, computer support, student services, and other areas.

To participate in the FWS program, students must apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and be awarded FWS through their home institution. For more information on how to apply or for job placement assistance, please contact the USG Student Services Office or a financial aid representative from your home institution.  For more information, please email

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