State Financial Aid for Undergraduates
The state funds four need-based grant programs. All programs require applicants to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Guaranteed Access and Educational Assistance Grants require applicants to enroll as degree-seeking, full-time students. Both grants are last-dollar scholarships, which calculate financial need by taking the cost of attendance and subtracting aid from other sources (e.g., Expected Family Contribution, Pell Grants, and other state aid).
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.
Beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year, recipients of the Guaranteed and Educational Access grants must complete at least 30 credits by the end of their second enrollment year and each academic year thereafter. Students completing between 24 and 29 credits will receive a prorated grant award.
Guaranteed Access grant recipients may qualify for a matching grant if they attend an eligible nonpublic Maryland institution.
Community college students who earn an associate degree and have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $10,000 qualify for the Transfer Grant, which provides scholarships of $1,000. Transfer Grant 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 six to 11 credits per semester.
Any combination of multiple state awards may not exceed $19,000 per year.