The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship is a last dollar award, available to students who plan to enroll in credit-bearing coursework leading to a vocational certificate, certificate, or an associate 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 2021-2022 academic year.
Who May Apply?
An applicant that graduated from a Maryland high school or GED recipient who is planning to enroll, or is currently enrolled, at a Maryland community college as a candidate in:
To be considered for the Promise Scholarship an applicant must:
Applicants who failed to complete the FAFSA or MSFAA by March 1, 2021 are ineligible for the Promise Scholarship. For more information regarding the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) click here.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Applicants who listed a four-year institution on their FAFSA or MSFAA, and now plan to attend a community college, may change their school of choice in one of the following ways prior to the deadline June 30, 2021:
Click here for the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Application Cycle Timeline
FAFSA/MSFAA DEADLINE: Must be completed by March 1
documents must be submitted by June 30, 2021 to MHEC through your MDCAPS account via the NEW Electronic File Upload Tool
Understanding the Check Application Status Screen in MDCAPS
Students identified by MHEC as potentially eligible for the scholarship must submit documentation to MHEC for further consideration. A list of the required documents needed will display in MDCAPS under the Check Application Status Screen. Below you will find a list of the required task that may be displayed on your account and what information should be submitted to MHEC:
What are the application requirements for Non-Credit Applicants?
The Promise Non-Credit Application is Now Available in MDCAPS!
Any applicant who plans to enroll at the community college as a non-credit “Continuing Education” applicant in a sequence of non-credit courses that leads to
licensure or certification or a registered apprenticeship program must complete
the Promise Non-Credit Application online through the MDCAPS portal and meet all other requirements for consideration of the Promise award. For Continuing Education applicants only, the deadline to complete the application is a rolling deadline for each academic year. Applicants should monitor the MHEC website for updates concerning the final deadline date for the academic year.
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 $6,345 ($3,172.50 per semester), the recipient’s annual 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.
Initial and renewal awarding for the 2021-2022 academic year will occur by July 31.
2021-2022 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:
For more information concerning the Maryland Community College Promise scholarship click here to access the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) guide.
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