Maryland Aid Programs

A variety of state scholarships are available to Maryland residents attending college in the state of Maryland.  The FAFSA is used to apply for most Maryland state scholarships and must be filed by March 1st.  Application information may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid

Grants are need-based aid and is awarded to a student because they do 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.

Fast Track to Finish

Beginning July 1, 2018, if you receive State Financial Aid (Guaranteed Access Grant, Education Assistance Grant or the Campus Based Educational Assistance Grant) for at least two years beginning August 21, 2015 and thereafter, you will be required to meet certain Credit Completion Requirements to renew State financial aid awards for subsequent years.  For more information about Fast Track to Finish, click HERE

Near Completer Grant

The Near Completer Grant is an opportunity for Maryland residents, who started a degree but did not finish, a financial incentive to complete their degree by having the state help pay for tuition. The Maryland Higher Education Commission is currently working to encourage near completers to re–enroll in an institution of higher education to earn a degree. For more information, click HERE!

Rawlings Educational Assistance Grant (EAG)

To be eligible for the Rawlings 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 1st.  The minimum EAG is $400.

Rawlings Guaranteed Assistance Grant (GAG)

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 separate Rawlings Guaranteed Access Grant application by March 1 and have the high school guidance counselor certify the eligiblity requirements.  The minimum award is $400.  For renewal, the student must continue to meet the income requirements and have a minimum GPA of 2.0.  The student must also be enrolled full-time.

Senatorial Scholarship

Each Maryland State Senator selects recipients for Senatorial scholarships.  Eligible students must demonstrate financial need by submitting the FAFSA by March 1st 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.  The minimum award is $400 and are renewable for up to four years.

Delegate Scholarship

Each Maryland State Delegate awards Delegate scholarships based on criteria determined by the delegate.  Application information can be obtained from the Delegate for the student's district.  The minimum award is $200.

Maryland Part Time Grant

These state funded grants are awarded by HCC to students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled half-time in degree programs.  The Maryland Part Time Grant is awarded based on the availability of funds.  The minimum award is $200.

Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)

State Scholarship Administration