need-based aid is awarded to a student because that student does not have
sufficient means to pay for college. A grant does not need to be
re-paid and may be awarded from a variety of sources, including federal,
state and institutional.
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant awarded to
undergraduate students who demonstrate a financial need. The amount of the
grant depends on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the number of
credits for which the student enrolls. Students must complete the FAFSA to
apply for this grant. All students are urged to apply. The maximum
Federal Pell Grant amount for 2013-2014 is $5645.
Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is
awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need and who receive
Federal Pell Grants. Awards are based on fund availability. The
minimum FSEOG is $200 per academic year.
A variety of state scholarships are available to Maryland residents attending
college in the state of Maryland. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal
Student Aid) is used to apply for most Maryland State Scholarships. Application
information may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid, the State
Scholarship Administration, 410-767-3301, or at
www.mhec.state.md.us. The most commonly received Maryland State
Educational Assistance Grant (EAG)
To be eligible for the
Educational Assistance Grant, the student must have a financial need and be
enrolled as a full-time student in a Maryland post-secondary institution. To
apply, the student completes the FAFSA by March 1. The maximum Educational
Assistance Grant is $3,000 per year.
Rawlings Guaranteed Access Grant
These grants are targeted toward
low-income high school graduates who have completed a college prep course or an
articulated Tech Prep program in a Maryland high school. Eligible students must
have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 and a family income that qualifies for the
Federal Free Lunch program. To apply, the student must submit the FAFSA and a
Rawlings Guaranteed Access Grant application by March 1 and have the
high school guidance counselor certify the eligibility requirements. The
maximum award under this program is $13,700. For renewal, the student must
continue to meet the income requirements and must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
The student must also be enrolled full-time.
Each Maryland State Senator selects
Senatorial Scholarships. Eligible students must demonstrate
financial need by submitting the FAFSA by March 1 and plan to attend a Maryland
college. Some exceptions are made if the student is enrolling in a major that
is not available in Maryland. These awards range from $400 to $2,000 per year
and are renewable for up to four years.
Each Maryland State Delegate awards
Delegate Scholarships based on criteria determined by the Delegate. Application
information can be obtained from the Delegate for the studentís district.
Workforce Shortage Student Assistance
This program combines several state
programs related to critical
shortages in the workforce into one program.
Eligible majors and employment fields will be determined annually. Both merit
and need-based criteria are used in selecting recipients. The minimum award
amount is $1,000 and the maximum will be established by the State each year.
Students are urged to complete the FAFSA by July 1.
Maryland Part-Time Grant
These state funded grants are awarded by
HCC to students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled at least
half-time in degree programs. The
Maryland State Part-time Grant is awarded
based on the availability of funds.
Tuition Reduction For Out-Of-State
Under this program,
students enter into a legally binding agreement with the State of Maryland under
which the student promises to fulfill certain obligations in return for a
reduction in tuition costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for complete
information regarding this program.
Health Work Force Shortage
The Maryland Higher Education Commission
can approve a degree program as a
Statewide or Health Workforce Shortage Program
if the program is a specialized technical program that prepares students for
immediate employment upon completion and if there is a broad-based demand for
employees in the specialized field across the State. The Statewide
designation allows students who do not reside in Harford County but are
residents of Maryland to attend Harford Community College at in-county
tuition rates. Students must declare the Statewide or the Health
Workforce Shortage Program as their major by the start of the fall and spring
semesters or the winter and summer sessions, and all enrolled courses must be
applicable to the major.
Federal School Code: 002075
Office of Financial Aid
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21015
Telephone: 443-412-2257 / Fax: 443-412-2169