Towson University offers a variety of merit-based and need-based aid programs.
Merit-based scholarship recipients are selected based on a competitive evaluation of their academic qualifications. For more information, see Scholarships.
Eligibility for need-based aid is based on the formula outlined below. Because our funding is limited, we direct our grants to toward students with higher financial need.
We base need-based aid offers on the following federal eligibility formula:
Estimated Cost of Attendance Budget
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
= Financial Need
The financial aid process strives to provide students with enough aid to meet their calculated financial need, but this is often not possible because of limited federal, state, and institutional funds. When we award need-based aid, we also consider your other scholarships, grants, and educational benefits.
Your Cost of Attendance (COA) Budget is an estimate of your educational and living expenses for one academic year (Fall & Spring Terms). It includes estimates of Direct Costs and Indirect Expenses.
The U.S. Department of Education calculates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) by applying a congressional formula to the data on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To review your EFC or FAFSA data, visit: www.fafsa.ed.gov.
If you have questions about the EFC formula, call the Federal Student Aid Hotline at 1-800-4-FEDAID (1-800-433-3243).