UMW enrollment deadline moved to June 1

by | Apr 4, 2024 | Schools & Education, Ted Schubel, University of Mary Washington

Amy Jessee, UMW

The University of Mary Washington has extended the enrollment deadline for admitted first-year undergraduate students to June 1, allowing an additional month for students and families to review financial aid. UMW has offered additional flexibility for incoming students to make their decision to enroll due to numerous delays in the filing and reporting process for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the U.S. Department of Education.

“We appreciate the patience of our admitted students and their supporters as we navigate this unprecedented situation,” said Dean of Admissions and Associate Vice President Melissa Yakabouski. “It is our goal to provide the best information to our students regarding need-based assistance so they are confident in choosing UMW for their four years of undergraduate education. We understand that students may need time to review, ask questions and make confirming visits once awarding begins, and we want to provide the opportunity to do all of these things. We encourage any student with financial concerns to connect with their UMW admissions or financial aid counselor to have a personal conversation.”

Students who have been admitted to UMW have received merit award notices, and financial aid packages will be completed when need-based award information can be calculated and sent to students. Financial aid award letters are expected to be available later in April. The deadline extension from May 1 to June 1 offers more time for students and their families to review details of their awards and connect with UMW with any questions.

UMW answers frequently asked questions about this year’s FAFSA in online resources and students can still complete the FAFSA for need-based aid. Students still have time to apply to the University of Mary Washington as well, and once admitted, have access to personalized resources, including a Financial Aid webinar focused on the FAFSA and understanding their financial aid on April 9.

During the next two months, students accepted to UMW are invited to webinars on orientation, accessing the Center for Career and Professional Development as well as the Office of Disability Resources, and connecting directly with programs in the College of Business, College of Education and Pre-Health. Q&A sessions for out-of-state students are also available, along with information and updates from Residence Life to help students make UMW their college home.

Accepted students can submit their deposit as soon they’re ready to do so, which will open up registration for orientation, housing selection and their first semester of undergraduate classes. Admitted students are also invited to Destination UMW on April 20, where they can experience campus and sit in on a sample class.

Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA to determine their eligibility for need-based aid and potentially qualify for UMW’s Tuition Promise. The application date for this program has also been extended through the spring to allow extra time for families to complete the necessary steps to qualify. Students and families in Virginia with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $100,000 or less are encouraged to start the application process for both UMW and the FAFSA to determine eligibility. Pell-eligible students will be considered for direct financial assistance toward their tuition and are eligible for immediate, responsive assistance for short-term emergencies too. Starting in 2024-25, UMW will close the gap on any remaining tuition cost for Pell-eligible students, opening the door to more students having access to an affordable college experience.


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