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Prerequisite Courses

If you are required to complete prerequisite or preparatory courses for admittance into an undergraduate, graduate, or professional program, you may be eligible for federal student loans for one, consecutive, 12-month period.

To be considered for financial aid for prerequisite courses, you must submit a Petition to Reinstate Financial Aid Eligibility. The petition must be signed by your adviser, and must list the course(s) you are required to take in order to be admitted to the program. Only required courses are eligible for financial aid. Prerequisite or preparatory coursework must be part of an eligible program offered by UMD or any accredited college or university.

Taking courses for the purpose of raising your GPA to be admitted into an eligible program does not meet the requirement; the specific course(s) that you take must be required for admission into the eligible program.

Remedial Coursework

Financial aid eligibility for remedial coursework varies and is dependent upon your acceptance into an eligible degree program.

If your acceptance into an eligible program is contingent upon completing remedial coursework, you are not considered admitted to that program until such coursework is completed. You are not eligible for federal, state, or campus-based aid until you are admitted to an eligible program; however, you are still able to apply for a private education loan from a commercial lender. There are several loan programs that do not require admittance to a degree program. Please refer to the private education loans section for additional details.

If you are admitted to an eligible program but are taking remedial coursework as part of that program, you will be eligible for financial aid for up to one academic year (no more than 30 credits) of remedial coursework.

If you have questions on remedial coursework and your eligibility for financial aid, please contact One Stop Student Services.