USM's financial aid office — helping you achieve your dreams


The University of Saint Mary is dedicated to making your college education affordable. We offer aid to accepted students who qualify — and about 98 percent of our students receive financial aid of some kind.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your first step to receiving a financial aid package.

And this year, you can complete FAFSA online beginning October 1.

Things to Know

  • Financial aid packages are designed to help you easily manage your education expenses — typically involving a combination of scholarships, state and federal grants, work study, and student loans. You must submit FAFSA before receiving any kind of aid at USM.  

  • In order to complete the FAFSA, you now need a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). This is made up of a selected username and password. IMPORTANT: You and your parents should create your own in order to electronically sign the FAFSA and other federal financial aid documents.

  • On the 2017-18 FAFSA, you — and your parent(s), as appropriate — will report your 2015 income and tax information (rather than your 2016 income and tax information).

  • By the time you fill out your FAFSA you’ll already have done your 2015 taxes, which means you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to automatically import this information into your FAFSA.

Questions? Call us toll-free at 800-752-7043 or email

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