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Application Process

Students who are interested in attending Allegany College of Maryland are encouraged to complete the financial aid application process by the March 1 priority filing date in order to maximize their financial aid resources. Students who miss the March 1 date can still apply for financial aid up to June 30, 2015.

Follow these simple steps to apply for assistance:


Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.

If you are/will be enrolling for Spring 2015 or Summer 2015, please complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA. 

If you will be enrolling for Fall 2015/Spring 2016, please complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA.

  • Be sure to include ACM's Federal School code (002057).
  • Students are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to ensure accuracy.
  • Students will need a PIN (personal identification number) to complete and sign the FAFSA on the Web. The PIN serves as the student signature for all educationally related electronic documents. To apply for a PIN, students should visit the following website: Parents who are providing information about themselves on the FAFSA will also need to apply for a PIN in order to electronically sign the FAFSA.

Important: Students must be admitted to ACM and have a Social Security Number (SSN) on file with Admissions before ACM can receive your FAFSA results.




  • We strongly encourage you to apply for Scholarships available online.


An official Award Notification Letter explaining the award decision and the aid offered is sent to each applicant. Students can also view their awards using the College's website service called WebAdvisor. All notification of scholarship awards will be done by the ACM Foundation Office. 

Students who are selected for the Verification process by the Federal Government will be notified by the ACM Student Financial Aid Office through their student e-mail account and may need to provide additional documentation.

Students who are interested in receiving student loans must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours and must have a completed financial aid file (steps 1 and 2 above). Students must also complete the Loan Acceptance Form which will be included in the Award Notification Packet. All first time borrowers at ACM will need to logon to and complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note.

Your Student Financial Aid file should be complete before August 1 to ensure proper processing of awards in time to charge books in the ACM Bookstore against financial aid awards. Students who do not have complete files before August 1 may be obligated to pay for books with funds other than financial aid. Files completed after August 1 will be awarded in the order in which they became complete. For those students living in Willowbrook Woods, your financial aid file should be complete by July 1 to ensure proper processing.