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?
An individual may be eligible for a Promise Scholarship if the applicant:
To be considered for the Promise Scholarship an applicant must:
Applicants who failed to complete the FAFSA or MSFAA by March 1, 2020 are ineligible for the Promise Scholarship.
For more information regarding the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) click here
2020-2021 Initial Eligibility Requirements
An applicant is eligible for the Promise Scholarship if the applicant:
For 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
A recipient of a Promise Scholarship is eligible for up to two years of a renewable award if the recipient continues to:
Service Obligation Requirements
A 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 after:
The 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).
If 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:
A recipient of the Promise Scholarship can defer their service obligation requirement if:
For frequently asked questions concerning the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship, click here.
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