College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Catherine M. Brinkley Fund

The Catherine M. Brinkley fund provides interest-free loans to students who are natives or residents of Maryland pursuing majors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR). The Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) is a department within AGNR.

Students may download the application or pick up a hard copy in Room 0108 of Symons Hall. The Office of Financial Aid determines eligibility and award distribution. Please submit your application by June 1 to ensure that you receive your financial aid package before Fall classes begin.

Completed forms can be emailed to Hollin Roberts at hrobert1@umd.edu, or sent to the address at the bottom of the form. 

Loan terms:

  • Amount is not to exceed the limit on financial need (as determined by your FAFSA application).

  • Repayment begins nine months after the recipient ceases to be at least a half-time student at UMD, and ends 10 years later.

  • Monthly payments for the first two years of repayment will be $25.

  • The remaining payments will be fully amortized over the final eight years.

  • If the loan is not paid in full by 10 years, a 5% annual finance charge will be assessed on the unpaid balance.

  • Revenue from loan repayments will be returned to this fund to assist other students in achieving their academic goals.
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