State Policy Overview
Maryland provides predominantly need-based financial aid for
The Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarship is
awarded to students who pledge to work as public school or public
prekindergarten teachers in Maryland upon completion of their
degree. The award covers 100% of annual tuition, mandatory fees,
and room and board of resident undergraduate student at a public
higher education institution. For private nonprivate
institutions, the award is equal to the lesser of the annual
tuition, fees, and room and board of a undergraduate at UMCP or
50% of the annual tuition and fees and 100% of the room and board
at the institution. To be eligible, students must have a 3.3
grade-point average and either a SAT score of 1100 (with no score
less than 500 in either subsection) or ACT composite score of 25.
The Guaranteed Access and Educational
Assistance Grants require applicants to enroll as
degree-seeking, full-time students at public postsecondary
institutions. Both grants are last-dollar scholarships, which
calculate financial need by taking the cost of attendance and
subtracting aid from other sources (Expected Family Contribution,
Pell Grants and other state aid).
Guaranteed Access grant recipients may qualify for a matching
award if they attend an eligible nonpublic Maryland institution.
Students may not receive the Guaranteed Access and Educational
Assistance Grants simultaneously. Students who do not meet the
March 1 deadline for filing the FAFSA may apply for the
Campus-Based Educational Assistance Grant. The
requirements are identical to the Educational Assistance grant.
Recipients of the Guaranteed and Educational Access grants must
complete at least 24 credits by the end of their second
enrollment year and each academic year thereafter. Any
combination of multiple state awards may not exceed the cost of
attendance or $28,000, whichever is less.
Community college students who earn an associate degree and have
an Expected Family Contribution of less than $10,000 qualify for
the 2+2 Transfer Scholarship. The base award
amount is $1,000, but recipients enrolled in science, teaching,
engineering, computer science, mathematics or nursing programs
receive annual awards of $2,000.
The Maryland Part-Time Grant provides awards
ranging from $200 to $2,000 per year for students enrolled in
three to 11 credits per semester at a two- or four-year
The Near Completer Grant reimburses students who
have completed 45 credits at a community college or 90 credits at
a public, four-year institution and plan to re-enroll to finish
their degree. The award reduces tuition by up to one-third after
all non-loan aid is applied.
The Maryland Community College Promise
Scholarships is a “last-dollar” scholarship to help
eligible students cover the cost of earning a vocational
certificate, certificate or associate degree, or to cover the
cost of a series of courses that lead to licensure or
certification. In the 2021-2022 year, the scholarship can also be
used by students in a registered apprenticeship program at a
Maryland community college. To be considered eligible, students
must meet income requirements and must have had at least a 2.3
high school GPA. Scholarship recipients will need to maintain a
2.5 GPA and complete 12 credits per semester. Students may
receive the scholarship for no more than three years, or until
they earn an associate degree. The maximum Promise award is
$5,000 a year after applying all non-loan aid.
The Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship
Program supports students who are pursuing education in
programs identified by the Secretary of Higher Education as being
directly relevant to cybersecurity. Award amounts are prescribed
The Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
is designed to provide financial assistance to students
enrolling in an approved non-credited certificate program leading
to apprenticeships, employment, licensure, or job skill
enhancement only at a participating Maryland Community College.
The scholarship has a maximum award amount of $2,000 annually.
The Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant
(WSSAG) program is for students who plan on working in
specific career/occupational programs upon graduation.
Eligible fields include: child care, human services, teaching,
nursing, physical and occupational therapy, social work and
public service. Award amounts vary based on student’s enrollment
status and institution type.