Tuition & Financial Aid
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The University of Maryland offers an array of financial aid programs – including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment – as part of its commitment to making an excellent education affordable.
Nearly 70% of UMD freshmen receive some form of financial aid.
Check out this University of Maryland Admissions website that discusses what it costs to become a Terp.
Additionally, journalism students are charged a $300 Technology Usage Fee each semester. These funds help provide 24 hour, seven-day-a-week access to our News Bubble computer lab in Knight Hall as well as free usage of cameras and more from our Equipment Desk. The fee also takes care of maintenance and software in the computer labs used by Merrill College.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine (July 2019) ranks Maryland No. 10 among “best values” in public higher education for in-state residents and No. 16 for out-of-state residents.
Awards from Merrill College
Incoming students do not apply for Merrill College scholarship awards. All incoming journalism students are considered for the listed scholarships on the basis of their applications to the university and their financial need.
Scholarship applications for current students are accepted toward the end of the spring semester and are reviewed annually. Scholarships are only available for current and incoming Merrill students for the upcoming academic year.
Frank R. Cormier White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarship
Established in 1991 by the White House Correspondents’ Association, this award was renamed in 1994 to honor the memory of Frank R. Cormier, who for two decades exemplified the best qualities of White House correspondents with a blend of gentleness, humor and professionalism that endeared him to the readers of his dispatches for The Associated Press. This renewable scholarship is awarded to four undergraduate students from Washington, D.C., or Prince George’s County, Maryland, on the basis of financial need.
Baltimore Sun Diversity in Journalism Scholarship
Established by the Times Mirror Foundation, this nonrenewable award is granted to an incoming freshman with high academic achievement in high school and wide-ranging cultural and economic background, who resides in The Baltimore Sun’s circulation area.
William Randolph Hearst Scholarship
Established in honor of William Randolph Hearsts’s 82nd birthday, these are among the college’s first scholarships. A limited number of nonrenewable awards are granted to outstanding Maryland high school students admitted to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
William C. Huffman Scholarship
This fund was established by Diana L. Huffman, the Baltimore Sun Distinguished Lecturer at Merrill College, in honor of her father, Dr. William C. Huffman (1910-88), and his commitment to education and philanthropy. This renewable scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism who are in good academic standing and remain so throughout the term of the award, demonstrate financial need, and are residents of Washington, D.C., or Prince George’s County, Maryland. Students are eligible to reapply for the award in subsequent years as long as they still qualify for the award criteria.
Jonathan Ledecky Sports Journalism Scholarship
Funded by New York Islanders co-owner Jonathan Ledecky to support scholarships for students in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism who have interest in sports journalism. Recipients must have an expressed interest in sports journalism, be accepted for full-time enrollment and maintain good academic standing.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Aid From the University of Maryland
The University of Maryland Financial Aid Office is a good place to start. Additionally, the National Scholarships Office is committed to helping students of the University of Maryland identify, apply for, and win national scholarships and fellowships in their pursuit of higher education. We also help students find research opportunities in their fields of study.
Scholarships From Outside Sources
Although Merrill College attempts to keep this information up-to-date, please double check the websites to confirm the scholarships are still being offered and check their deadlines.
Five scholarships of $5,000 are available to journalism or communications graduate and undergraduate students of Greek American heritage.
Six scholarships are awarded annually through the ACES Education Fund. One is the Bill Walsh scholarship, in honor of the late editor, author and ACES guiding spirit. The winner receives $3,500 plus financial aid to attend the ACES national conference. Additionally, the ACES Aubespin scholarship winner receives $2,500 and four other winners receive $1,500 each — also with aid to attend the ACES conference. The generosity of donors enables all of these awards.
AAJA offers a variety of scholarships.
Since 1990, AWSM has placed nearly 200 female college students interested in sports media careers in paid summer internships. Each winner also receives a $1,000 scholarship, complimentary registration and lodging at AWSM’s annual conference and a complimentary one-year membership to the organization. The application process opens in the fall and is open to women at the sophomore college level or above.
The Bayliss Foundation has been distributing scholarships to outstanding broadcast students for over 23 years. Each award is in the amount of $5,000. The number of scholarships awarded each year depend on the size of the endowment. In 2005, the Bayliss Foundation began a partnership with top communications schools nationwide in an effort to bring a strong radio presence to college campuses.
The CCNMA Scholarships are awarded annually to students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism. The scholarships are based on several criteria, including: commitment to the field of journalism, scholastic achievement, community awareness and financial need. Students must be enrolled full time for the entire academic year in which they apply. They must also be a California resident.
The Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism offers students training and mentoring by caring news veterans. More than 1,400 men and women have been named Chips Quinn Scholars since 1991, making it the largest and most enduring diversity initiative of the Freedom Forum Institute. The program’s aim: Provide training and support that will open doors to news and information careers and bring greater diversity to the newsrooms of the United States. The annual application deadline is in October. College juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates with majors in journalism or career goals in journalism are the program’s target audience.
The program, operated by the Freedom Forum Institute and funded by the Freedom Forum, matches qualified candidates with participating news organizations from across the country for 10- to 12-week paid internships. Selected scholars participate in a training workshop in preparation for their internships. The training is paid for by the Freedom Forum Institute.
The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing's Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award was created to recognize the contributions to journalism of both Ev Clark and Seth Payne. The award is intended to encourage young science writers by recognizing outstanding reporting and writing in any field of science. The 2020 winner received $1,000.
The award is given in memory of Ev Clark, a veteran journalist at Business Week, The New York Times and Newsweek, and Seth Payne, his longtime friend and colleague at Business Week and a founder of the award. It is designed to carry on the work of both men, who offered friendship and advice to generations of young journalists.
The annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference program targets rising high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit.” Students participate in an all-expenses-paid journalism conference and are awarded a $1,000 college scholarship. This Freedom Forum Institute program was established in 1999 to honor Al Neuharth, the founder of USA Today, Newseum and the Freedom Forum. The conference is designed to inspire and encourage students to pursue journalism.
Two scholarships are available from GSSPA for New Jersey high school students.
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter Scholarships
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) offers several national scholarships for students. In addition, the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter (NCCB) offers a regional scholarship in honor of Betty Endicott, the first female news director in Washington, D.C. Students may apply for both national and regional scholarships. NATAS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancement in the television arts and sciences.
Each year, NABJ and its partners award scholarships to enrich and support the academic experience of students pursuing a career in journalism, media and communications.
Offers several scholarships for African American students whose major can include journalism.
NAHJ has awarded more than $1.7 million in scholarships to nearly 800 students since the program began in 1988. NAHJ scholarship opportunities are open to college-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language print, broadcast, digital or photojournalism. Students attending four-year colleges and community colleges in the United States and Puerto Rico with a GPA of 3.0 or better are eligible for the scholarships, with amounts ranging from $1,500-$10,000.
The National Italian American Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to outstanding Italian American students from a variety of academic disciplines and backgrounds.
The organization offers several scholarships available to LGBTQ students and students who demonstrate a commitment to providing fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community.
The National Press Club is considered one of the world’s leading professional organizations for journalists. It serves its members through professional development activities that bolster their skills, through services that meet the changing needs of the global communications profession and through social activities that build a vital media community in Washington and around the world. The organization offers multiple annual scholarships.
New York Women in Communications awards scholarships each year as part of its mission to empower women in the communications field. Most are named, or sponsored, awards supported by corporations or foundations that retain the right to impose certain criteria that may include, but are not be limited to, a declared major, internship availability, year in school, personal background, etc.
The NewsGuild — The David S. Barr Award
The David S. Barr Award is intended to recognize one high school and one college student for their journalistic achievement and to encourage young journalists to focus on issues of social justice.
Aspiring foreign correspondents and students interested in international journalism are encouraged to apply for one of the OPC's several scholarship opportunities.
Since 1970, RTDNF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and fellowships to more than 500 young journalists as part of its mission as the educational arm of RTDNA. Fellowships are open to professional broadcast or digital journalists with fewer than 10 years of experience. Scholarships are open to college students pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores, juniors or seniors in good standing. Scholarship and fellowship winners are also invited to attend the Excellence in Journalism conference.
The national journalism society holds a number of national contests and competitions, with several offering scholarships as rewards.
The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C. (SDXDC) offers scholarships for undergraduate students attending colleges and universities in the Washington, D.C., area. Applicants must show a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in journalism and must be a current sophomore or junior (or equivalent), entering his or her junior or senior term.
The South Asian Journalists Association awards up to $20,000 to 10 students to provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate-level students pursuing journalistic education.