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Maryland State Aid

Maryland awards over $100 million in need-based grants and merit scholarships through the state's 22 programs each year.

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 prior to March 1. Application information may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid. State grants are considered need-based aid and are awarded to students who 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.


Maryland College Promise Scholarship

Often referred to as "Free Community College" information for this scholarship is available through the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Harford Community College hosts Financial Aid and College Promise Info nights  to provide a place for parents to learn and ask questions about this opportunity.

Near Completer Grant

The Near Completer Grant offers a financial incentive to Maryland residents who started a degree but did not finish, by helping to pay their tuition.

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Rawlings Educational Assistance Grant

To be eligible for the Rawlings Educational Assistance Grant, the student must have financial need, be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree seeking program, and attend a Maryland post-secondary institution. To apply, complete the FAFSA by March 1. The minimum EAG is $400.This grant is renewable if FAFSA is completed by March 1 of each eligible year.

Senatorial Scholarship

Each Maryland State Senator selects recipients for Senatorial scholarships. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need, are encouraged to submit the FAFSA or MAFSA 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 provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress. Student must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits to receive grant.

Delegate Scholarship

Each Maryland State Delegate awards Delegate scholarships based on criteria determined by the delegate. Applicants are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by March 1. Application information can be obtained from the Delegate for the student's district. The minimum award is $200.This grant is not automatically renewable and must be requested each year. Student must be enrolled in 6 or more credits to receive this grant.

Maryland Part-time grant

These state funded grants are awarded by Harford Community College 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.