Financial Aid and Scholarships

All need-based financial assistance, including need-based scholarships and grants, offered through the Office of Financial Aid requires the results from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Meeting published filing dates is critical to receiving financial aid. All students must file the FAFSA on or before March 1. The Federal (Title IV) school code for the University of Mary Washington is 003746.

Priority for all scholarships and grants is given to students who maintain a minimum 2.000 UMW cumulative grade point  average.  Many programs require a higher grade-point average. Students who are Virginia residents with demonstrated need may be eligible for Virginia state scholarships and grants. Critical financial aid information, including general information, filing instructions, federal loan information, enrollment requirements, scholarship opportunities, student employment and forms for both campuses is available at Financial Aid.   Visit the Financial Aid Facebook page for more information.

All students selected for verification, as well as parents of dependent students selected for verification, must submit copies of requested documents to the Office of Financial Aid by June 1. Students not meeting filing and submission dates will be considered for assistance AFTER on-time filers. Since funds are limited, this may result in otherwise eligible students not receiving awards. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive aid. Detailed information regarding eligibility and enrollment status is available on-line.


Current students may apply for UMW endowed scholarships by completing the Online ‘Scholarship Application Form’ on or before June 1 at Scholarship selection is based on academic and/or financial criteria and some qualifications can include participation in various volunteer and leadership positions. Students must complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for need-based scholarships. Returning student recipients are selected through committee during the month of June for the following academic year. New students are reviewed for eligibility and are selected for endowed scholarships prior to the May 1 National Response Deadline, when possible.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

There are two requirements to be met to continue receiving financial aid.  Students must successfully complete a minimum of 70% (no rounding up) of the credit hours attempted in each semester (fall, spring and summer semesters, if applicable). Satisfactory Academic Progress is checked at the end of every semester for every student.  The second requirement is the cumulative GPA as calculated at the end of each semester. Students must maintain a specific GPA based on their grade level standing at the end of each semester. A 1.8 GPA for Freshmen, 1.9 GPA for Sophomores and a 2.0 GPA for Junior and Seniors. Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 as required by their program.

Based on those findings, individual students who fail to meet one or both of the requirements may receive a one semester warning period.  Only one warning will be granted and only to a student who in the previous semester was maintaining academic progress or enrolled in their first semester at UMW.    Students still not meeting progress guidelines after the warning period will be not be eligible to receive further financial aid until the two requirements are met.  Students not meeting the requirements will be notified at their permanent home addresses, regardless of whether or not they intend to apply for financial assistance.

EXAMPLE:  Students enrolled for 15 credit hours during a semester must successfully complete 10.5 credits and earn the appropriate GPA. Part-time students enrolled in a total of 9 credit hours for the academic year must successfully complete 6 credits and maintain the same GPA.

Coursework transferred from other institutions are included in the total number of earned and attempted credit hours, but are not factored into the cumulative grade point average. Repeated coursework is not always eligible for consideration in this policy and could affect your financial aid eligibility. Visit the Financial Aid web site for further details.

Priority for all scholarship and grant funds is given to students who achieve and maintain a minimum cumulative  2.0 grade point average. However, many UMW scholarship programs require a higher cumulative grade point average.

Military Deployment

Students who are in military service (active duty, reserves, or National Guard) and withdraw from all courses in a given term as a result of a military deployment, mobilization, or change in duty assignment will receive a full refund of all tuition and fees and pro-rated refunds for dining or housing contracts. Any deposits paid by students who discontinue enrollment as a result of a military service obligation will be fully refunded.

Students receiving financial aid who withdraw from UMW due to military deployment will have all of their financial aid returned to the appropriate funding source once the tuition and fees are reversed. Student should notify the Office of Financial Aid of their deployment and provide a copy of their orders. For additional information, refer to the Terms and Methods of Payment section (see “Refund of Fees”).