The Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access
(GA) Grant is a grant that provides postsecondary financial
assistance to eligible in-state students currently enrolled as high school
seniors who will complete a college preparatory program or a student who has
obtained a General Educational Development Diploma (GED), and is under the age
of 26. The amount of the GA Grant equals 100 percent of the student’s financial
need and a student may receive an award for up to $19,400.
High School Seniors:
General Educational Development Diploma (GED) Recipients:
All students being considered for the
Guaranteed Access Grant for the 2020 - 2021 academic year, must meet the following
Important Deadline Dates
How can I be considered?
To be considered, click here for an
overview of the application process. For additional information on how to complete the GA verification forms, please see the links below:
How Do I Obtain a 2018 IRS Tax Return Transcript:
MHEC may ask students that are selected for the verification
process to confirm their eligibility for the GA Grant by submitting a 2018 IRS Tax Return Transcript. This includes as applicable, a copy of
the student's, or student's spouse, and or parent(s) 2018 IRS Tax Return
Tax Return Transcripts provide taxpayers with a
computer-created record of their tax return which includes most of the
line-items filed with the IRS, including any accompanying forms and
NOTE: The 2018 IRS Tax Return Transcript can no longer be mailed
from the IRS to a third party (such as MHEC). This document will only be mailed
directly to the tax filer's address as provided on the tax return. If the tax
filer is no longer living at the address indicated on the tax return, the tax
filer will need to update the address information with the IRS in order for the
Tax Return Transcript to be sent to the correct address. Please be mindful that the IRS allots 5 to 10 calendar days for the requestor Tax
Return Transcript to be delivered.
For more information regarding obtaining a Tax Return
Transcript, please visit Get Transcript FAQs.
Is the GA Grant a
What is the Guaranteed Access Partnership Program (GAPP)?
Guaranteed Access Partnership Program (GAPP) provides a matching grant award to
eligible Maryland students who receive a GA Grant and enroll at a participating
Maryland independent college or university as a new undergraduate student.
The Maryland institutions that are participating include: Capitol Technology
University, Goucher College, Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola
University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, McDaniel College, Mount
St. Mary’s University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Stevenson University,
St. John’s College, Washington Adventist University, and Washington College.
For more information about the GAPP program, please contact your institution’s
financial aid office so that they may assist you in completing the process.
GA Required Forms
6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-3300
Toll Free: (800) 974-0203 (If calling outside of the Baltimore City area)