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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.

SPRING 2023 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION IS NOW AVAILABLE!

If you will be attending HCC for the spring 2023 semester and if you will be enrolled in a credit degree or certificate program, be sure to complete the College’s online Scholarship Application. There are approximately 20 scholarships available for next spring; all you need to do is complete ONE application.   The scholarship application will be open October 15th through December 19th.

Click here to APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Financial Aid

 

Dates, Deadlines, and Events

Fall Semester Dates to Remember

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.

Complete the FAFSA  |  Opens OCT 1
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

Explore our Scholarships for the Spring Semester  |  Opens OCT 15
Apply on AwardSpring. Deadline: DEC 20

Financial Aid Workshops in High Schools:  6:30 PM
These events are open to all students and parents, regardless of which school you attend.

  • North Harford
    at North Harford High School:  THU  | OCT 6
  • Bel Air & Patterson Mill
    at Bel Air High School: TUE  | OCT 11
  • Joppatowne & Edgewood
    at Joppatowne High School: TUE  | OCT 18
  • Aberdeen, Havre de Grace & Swan Creek
    at Aberdeen High School:  TUE  | OCT 25
  • C. Milton Wright & Fallston
    at C. Milton Wright High School WED  | NOV 2

Virtual Financial Aid Info Session

NOVEMBER
You Can Afford College: a FAFSA Completion Event
Joppa Hall
SAT  |  NOV 5  |  9 AM–1 PM  |  RSVP

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, 2021 Federal Income Tax returns, 2021 W-2 statements, and 2021 Untaxed Income records. For more information, contact Kathy Vest at 443.412.2257 or finaid@harford.edu.

Virtual Financial Aid Info Session
MON  |  NOV 14  |  6 PM  |  via ZOOM  |  RSVP
This free event includes tips and timelines for completing the FAFSA and applying for federal, state, and college financial aid. Open to all regardless of whether you choose to attend Harford. 

DECEMBER
Deadline to Apply for Spring Scholarships  |  Deadline: DEC 20

Check your Financial Aid Application status 
This can be done by logging in to your OwlNet account.
All About Me tab > Locate >My Financial Aid>Requirements on the left-hand side > confirm that all your Financial Aid documents have been received.

Spring Semester Dates to Remember

JANUARY
You Can Afford College: a FAFSA Completion Event
2023 Dates & Locations TBD
Let our Financial Aid team help you complete the FAFSA. No appointment necessary! To successfully complete the form, bring the following items for both student and parents: FSA ID, Social Security numbers, 2021 Federal Income Tax returns, 2021 W-2 statements, and 2021 Untaxed Income records. For more information, contact Kathy Vest at 443.412.2257 or finaid@harford.edu.

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. 

FEBRUARY
You Can Afford College: a FAFSA Completion Event
Joppa Hall
SAT  |  FEB 5  |  9 AM–1 PM 
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, 2021 Federal Income Tax returns, 2021 W-2 statements, and 2021 Untaxed Income records. For more information, contact Kathy Vest at 443.412.2257 or finaid@harford.edu.

College Promise Scholarship Info Event  |  2023 Date TBD
Harford Community College 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
Deadline for Maryland State Financial Aid  |  MAR 1
You must have a completed FAFSA on file to be considered for Maryland Sate aid.

Explore our Scholarships for the Fall semester  | Opens MAR 15
Deadline to Apply for Fall Scholarships  |  MAY 15
Apply on AwardSpring

PRIOR TO APRIL
The Financial Aid Office may notify you to request additional information or documentation to process your financial aid package.

APRIL
Check your email! New student financial aid offer letters begin to be emailed to your OwlMail account. Review your letter carefully as there may be additional steps for you to complete. For loan offers, follow the steps specified. No additional steps needed for non-loan offers.

Offer letters may include:

  • Annual Cost of Attendance (COA)
  • Grants/Scholarships Awarded
  • Loan Information

MAY
Apply for scholarships for fall semester. Deadline: MAY 15

Summer Dates to Remember

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 convenient payment plan.

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. HCC’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.

 

2023-2024Alfred C. O'Connell Honors Scholarship Application

The 2023-2024 Alfred C. O'Connell Honors Scholarship Application is now open! This scholarship is for high school seniors from Harford County and covers tuition and fees for two academic years.