The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Education to launch the FAFSA Completion Initiative in Maryland. 


What is the FAFSA Completion Initiative?

The FAFSA Completion Initiative is an initiative that allows high school districts, high schools, local educational agencies (LEAs), and certain designated entities access to limited but valuable FAFSA information for Maryland students.  Participants can use the FAFSA information to determine which individual students have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and whether the FAFSA has any problems requiring follow-up with the student.

The goal of the FAFSA Completion Initiative is to assist Maryland students and their families in completing the FAFSA and make sure any FAFSA problems are resolved prior to the beginning of the students’ college academic year.


Who Can Participate?

Those qualified to participate in the FAFSA Completion Initiative include High School Districts, High Schools, designated entities approved by the U.S. Department of Education, and local educational agencies (LEA) approved and verified by MHEC as providing direct services to students related to postsecondary attendance.  Designated entities approved by the U.S. Department of Education include but are not limited to: The Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Student Support Services Programs (the TRIO Programs). 


How Can Schools and Organizations Participate?

To participate in this initiative, a school district, high school, LEA or designated entity will need to complete the FAFSA Completion Initiative Participation Agreement.   Completion of the Participation Agreement allows organizations to have limited access to a student’s FAFSA information through the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS).  

To participate in this initiative, a district/school/designated entity will need to complete the Participation Agreement and return it to the Office of Student Financial Assistance at the Maryland Higher Education Commission. 

Click here to access the Participation Agreement for HS, HS districts, Designated Entity.​​​

Upon completion and approval of the Participation Agreement, the participant will be sent an MDCAPS user agreement prior to receiving access to the MDCAPS system. 

Participation Agreements may be sent to fafsa.mhec@maryland.gov along with any other questions/concerns regarding the FAFSA Completion Initiative process.​