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Financial Aid

At Harford Community College, we want to make sure you incur as little debt as possible while pursuing your academic goals.

That means doing everything we can to help you secure scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid—no matter what your income—as well as providing assistance and counseling while considering aid options. We strongly encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) early in the college admissions process, apply for scholarships through organizations outside of the College, and learn all you can about the financial aid process and options.

SOURCES of Financial Aid
Financial aid can come from many sources. These are the most common for Harford Community College students:

  • U.S. Federal Government/Department of Education
  • State Programs: Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
  • Harford Community College Foundation,Inc./ Scholarships & Grants
  • Private or Nonprofit Groups

 

To be eligible for federal student aid, you must:

  • Hold a high school diploma or GED®
  • Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

EXPLORE ALL AID OPTIONS
Even if you think you are not eligible for aid, apply anyway. You could be missing out on valuable resources without even knowing it.

Financial Aid Award Information Session

Are you ready to decode your Financial Aid Award and chart your path to educational success? Harford Community College's Financial Aid team invites you to an exclusive one-on-one online session tailored just for you. Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot today. Available dates are JUN 26, JUL 16, AUG 7 and AUG 20– RSVP below.

Let's embark on this journey together towards realizing your educational dreams.

Financial Aid

 

Dates, Deadlines, and Events

SEPTEMBER
Prepare for the FAFSA®
It’s easier to complete the FAFSA® form if you gather what you need ahead of time. Take a look and get ready. 

OCTOBER
Apply to Harford
If you haven't already applied to the College, now is the time. Financial aid cannot be awarded unless you have applied.

Explore Scholarships for the spring semester
Opens OCT 15  |  Apply on AwardSpring

Financial Aid Workshops in High Schools 
Tips and timelines for completing the free FAFSA® and applying for federal, state, and college aid. Open to all whether or not you plan to attend Harford.

NOVEMBER
Financial Aid Workshops in High Schools 
Tips and timelines for completing the free FAFSA® and applying for federal, state, and college aid. Open to all whether or not you plan to attend Harford.

DECEMBER
Deadline to apply for Spring Scholarships

Complete the FAFSA® 
You must have a completed FAFSA® on file to be eligible for financial aid. Be sure to indicate that Harford Community College can receive your information. Harford's code: 002075

JANUARY
Payment is due for spring classes.
Students should check their bill through OwlNet and make sure the portion not covered by financial aid is paid by the due date or set up a monthly payment plan.

FEBRUARY
FAFSA® Completion Event
Let our Financial Aid team help you complete the FAFSA®. To successfully complete the form, bring the following items for both student and parents: FSA ID, Social Security numbers, 2022 Federal Income Tax returns, 2022 W-2 statements, and 2022 Untaxed Income records. For more information, contact Kathy Vest at 443.412.2257 or finaid@harford.edu.

College Promise Scholarship Info Event
Harford's financial aid staff will review the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship which provides tuition assistance for eligible applicants to attend community college in their county for FREE. Topics include eligibility  requirements, application details and deadlines, and award details. There will be a Q&A session plus shared resources.

MARCH
Explore Scholarships for the fall semester
Opens MAR 15  | 
Apply on AwardSpring

APRIL
FAFSA® Fridays
Get your questions answered and get one-one-one help completing the FAFSA®. All sessions are 1-4 PM in the Student Center, Rm 243.

MAY
Check your Financial Aid Application Status. The Financial Aid office may notify you to request additional information or documentation to process your financial aid package. All notifications, including aid offers and requests for missing information, will be sent to your Harford OwlMail.  

To ensure that we can review your FAFSA® as quickly as possible please sign into studentaid.gov to confirm that your FAFSA® has been processed and that no further action is required.  

Verify that you have completed FAFSA® for the correct aid year (Summer is 2023-2024 and Fall is 2024-2025). Check your financial aid application status by logging into your OwlNet account. All About Me tab > Financial Aid Requirements and Offer> Financial Aid Awards> on the HOME tab under Student Requirements.

Offer letters may include: Annual Cost of Attendance (COA), Grant/Scholarship Awards, Loan Information

FAFSA® Fridays
Get your questions answered and get one-one-one help completing the FAFSA®. All sessions are 1-4 PM in the Student Center, Rm 243. 

Deadline: MAY 31

JUNE
Deadline for Maryland State Financial Aid  | Final deadline June 1
You must have a completed and submitted FAFSA® on file by the due date to be considered for most Maryland State aid. Excluding the Promise Scholarship.

Financial Aid Award Information Session
One-on-one online session tailored to help you understand your Financial Aid Award and plan your educational path. Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot today.
RSVP:  JUN 26

FAFSA® Assistance Labs
Get one-on-one help completing the FAFSA®. Several dates will be offered.

JULY
Payment is due for fall classes.
Students should check their bill through OwlNet and make sure the portion not covered by financial aid is paid by the due date or set up a monthly payment plan.

Financial Aid Award Information Session
One-on-one online session tailored to help you understand your Financial Aid Award and plan your educational path. Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot today. 
RSVP:  JUL 16

AUGUST
Payment is due for fall classes.
Students should check their bill through OwlNet and make sure the portion not covered by financial aid is paid by the due date or set up a monthly payment plan.

Financial Aid Award Information Session
One-on-one online session tailored to help you understand your Financial Aid Award and plan your educational path. Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot today. 
RSVP:  AUG 7  |  AUG 20

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Financial Aid Office at Harford Community College offers free financial aid counseling services to all persons who request such help. All students attending the College are awarded all of the student financial aid for which they are eligible. Students have the right to cancel/decline some or all of any student financial aid award. Harford’s Financial Aid Office does not discriminate on the basis of curriculum, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship status (except in those circumstances permitted or mandated by Federal law), or any other status protected by law or regulation when awarding or disbursing student financial assistance.