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The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship is a statewide scholarship program for recent high school graduates to attend one of Maryland’s community colleges. This scholarship program is administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Please refer to its website for the most up-to-date information.

Does this scholarship make community college free?

No, the scholarship does not make community college free, but it can help some students have a more affordable community college education.

Please know that the scholarship is available only to students who meet the state eligibility requirements, and there is limited funding that will be awarded to students with the greatest need across the state. 

How much will it cover?

Scholarships are available for up to $5,000 for tuition and fee expenses. Students with the greatest financial need, who meet the eligibility criteria and program requirements, will be awarded scholarships first. Eligible students will be added to a waitlist if funding is no longer available.

Who is eligible?

Scholarship recipients must attend a Maryland community college full time (at least 12 credit hours each semester) while working toward their first associate degree or a credit certificate, and be eligible for in-state tuition.  Other students who are eligible include those in credit or noncredit courses that lead to licensure or certification, or a registered apprenticeship program. Students who have not already earned a bachelor’s or associate’s degree are also eligible to apply for the scholarship.

For the detailed list of eligibility criteria, visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission website.

How do you apply?

By March 1, 2020, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Undocumented students who are eligible for in-state tuition must complete the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) at MHEC’s website by March 1, 2020. All required documentation must be submitted to MHEC by July 31, 2020.

Additionally, students enrolling in non-credit courses that lead to licensure or certification, or are enrolled in a registered apprenticeship program, must complete an application online through MDCAPS. For more information, visit the MHEC website.

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