University System of Maryland:  Accessible and Affordable for All Maryland Students

With 11 degree-granting universities across the state, as well as three regional higher education centers at Shady Grove, Hagerstown, and Southern Maryland, offering approximately 1,400 academic programs and concentrations, the University System of Maryland (USM) has a campus and degree for every Maryland student.  In recent years, Maryland's public higher education system has become more affordable, improving in national rankings from 6th highest to 21st in tuition and fees and dramatically increasing financial assistance, particularly for families with the greatest need.

Making Higher Education Accessible Across Maryland

  • Degrees offered at 11 universities and three regional higher education centers
  • Approximately 1,400 academic programs and concentrations available, from the sciences and engineering to the humanities

Keeping Higher Education Affordable, Regardless of Income

  • Reduced tuition and fees from 6th to 21st highest nationally
  • Increased institutional financial aid by nearly 150% since FY 2004
  • Increased need-based financial aid by nearly 250% since FY 2004
  • Nearly 50% of undergrads graduate without debt
  • For those who do take on debt, average debt at graduation is under $25,000 
  • Offers multiple pathways to a degree, with one-third of USM students transferring from Maryland community colleges

Serving Maryland Families with the Most Financial Need

  • About a third of USM students qualify for federal Pell Grants
  • Students from low-income families graduate with 25% less debt than average undergrads

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