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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Talent Search?
The University of Maryland Educational Talent Search Program (UM-Talent Search) helps underrepresented students graduate high school and enroll in college. Our main focus is on helping our students find ways to afford college and be ready to succeed once they arrive on campus.

2. How much does it cost?
The program is 100% free. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. While there may be optional activities which may need to be paid for by the student, the basic and most important services are and will always be free of charge.

3. Is this only for students interested in the University of Maryland?
No! Absolutely not! We are here to help students get into ANY college or university that fits their goals.

4. Is my child eligible?
The program is open to all students from our target high and middle schools. However, due to the federal guidelines, our primary focus is on promising, college-bound students either from low income households or who would be the first in their immediate family to attend college.

5. Why do you need a Social Security Number and income verification?
As a federally funded program, we may be audited by the U.S. Department of Education at any time to ensure we are working with real students with real needs. In short, when you provide required information and documentation, you increase the odds of the UM-Talent Search program continuing to provide services to Prince George's County students and families.

6. Is my information confidential?
Yes. All information provided to UM-Talent Search is confidential and is used for progress reporting purposes only.

7. When does the program meet with students?
The program is primarily school based with specialists are on site two days per week, and there will be optional enrichment opportunities in the summer and Saturdays throughout the school year. We also have our office near the University of Maryland Campus in which we can meet with students and their families.

8. Do you provide scholarships?
While we do not provide any scholarships ourselves, one of our main focuses is to help students gain access to as many scholarship and financial aid opportunities as possible, and we also provide SAT and college application fee waivers for students when possible.


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