Community College Promise Scholarship
The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Program will become available to applicants beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year.
The Promise Scholarship creates opportunities for students to attend one of Maryland’s public community colleges by providing tuition assistance for any student eligible for in-state tuition.
Who May Apply:
Education Article §§ 18-3401 – 18-3407 of the Annotated Code of Maryland states that an individual may be eligible for a Promise Scholarship if the individual, within two years after graduating from high school or successfully completing a GED in the State, enrolls in a public community college as a candidate in a credit-bearing vocational certificate, a credit-bearing certificate, or an associate degree program.
How to Apply:
An individual must:
Submit a Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov or
submit the Maryland State
Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) online through MDCAPS for any applicant
who is ineligible to receive federal aid
but is eligible for in-state tuition by March 1, 2019;
Note the MSFAA application will be available
after January 31, 2019 online through MDCAPS.
FAQs for the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA)
An applicant is eligible for a scholarship if the applicant:
Is enrolled in a public community college as a candidate in a credit-bearing vocational certificate, a credit-bearing certificate, or an associate degree program within two years after graduating from a high school or successfully completing a GED in the State on or before the July 31 prior to the start of the Fall semester;
Completes at least 12 credits per semester at the community college;
Is eligible for in-state tuition, as determined by the community college in accordance with Education Article, Title 15, Annotated Code;
Earned an overall unweighted high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.3 or its equivalent;
Had an annual adjusted gross income of not more than:
$100,000 if the applicant is single or resides in a single-parent household; or
$150,000 if the applicant is married or resides in a two-parent household for the 2017 tax year as defined by MHEC;
Has not earned a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree; and
Has not been awarded another educational grant or scholarship that covers the applicant’s full cost of attendance at the community college.
Students can receive an award of up to $5,000 to cover any remaining tuition and mandatory fee expenses at the community college after all other non-loan aid has been applied.
Renewing an Award:
The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship is renewable for up to two years as long as the student remains qualified by:
Applying annually with MHEC by the established deadline;
Remaining eligible for in-state tuition;
Completing at least 12 credits per semester;
Maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5;
Making satisfactory academic progress toward a credit-bearing vocational certificate, credit-bearing certificate, or associate degree;
Meeting the income requirements; and
Submitting by March 1 the FAFSA or separate Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) for students ineligible to receive federal aid but eligible for in-state tuition.
Service Obligation Requirements:
Recipients of the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Program must sign an agreement to work full-time in the State within one year after earning the credit-bearing vocational certificate, credit-bearing certificate, or associate degree.
Any recipient who received the award for more than one year must work full-time in Maryland for each year they received the award. If the student fails to fulfill the service obligation and secure employment within the State, the award will convert into a loan payable to the State.
IMPORTANT: The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as legal advice and does not have the force of law. MHEC has endeavored to make the information accurate and up-to-date, but if there is any variance between this website and applicable statutes and regulations, the statutes and regulations shall prevail.
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