The Maryland Community
College Promise Scholarship is a last dollar award, available to
students that plan to enroll in
credit-bearing coursework leading to a vocational certificate,
certificate, or an Associate's Degree; or in a
sequence of credit or non-credit courses that leads to licensure or
certification; or in a registered apprenticeship program at a Maryland community college for the 2020-2021 academic year.
IMPORTANT: For the 2019 - 2020 academic year, the application
process is still available for students
who plan to enroll in a sequence of credit or non-credit courses that
leads to licensure or certification; or in a registered apprenticeship program.
Who May Apply?
may be eligible for a Promise Scholarship if the applicant:
considered for the Promise Scholarship an applicant must:
who failed to complete the FAFSA or MSFAA by March 1, 2020 are ineligible
for the Promise Scholarship.
information regarding the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA)
2020-2021 Initial Eligibility Requirements
applicant is eligible for the Promise Scholarship if the applicant:
example: If a recipient’s tuition and mandatory
fee expenses at the community college is $5,000 annually ($2,500 per semester),
and the recipient is receiving a federal Pell Grant award in the amount of
$6,095 ($3,047.50 per semester). The recipients annually tuition and mandatory
fee expenses are covered by the federal Pell Grant award, so the recipient is ineligible for the Promise
scholarship because they have no unmet tuition and mandatory fee expenses.
2020-2021 Renewal Recipient Requirements
recipient of a Promise Scholarship is eligible for up to two years of a
renewable award if the recipient continues to:
Service Obligation Requirements
recipient of the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship must sign an
agreement at the time of receiving the award to work full-time within one year
recipient must continue to reside in Maryland and use an address in the state
as reported on the recipient’s state income tax return, while maintaining
employment for at least 1 year for each year the scholarship was awarded. (The
student may be employed outside of the State of Maryland to satisfy the service
requirement, but must continue to live in Maryland).
the student fails to fulfill the service obligation and secure employment, the
award will convert into a loan payable to the state.
Deferment of the Service Obligation Requirements:
recipient of the Promise Scholarship can defer their service obligation
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