The Maryland Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients is available to foster care youth who are enrolled as a candidate for an associate, bachelor’s degree or vocational certificate at a Maryland Public institution of higher education. The purpose of Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients is to provide financial assistance to foster care youth.
To be eligible for the Maryland Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients program, a youth must have:
Individuals who resided in an out-of-care placement in the State for at least one year on or after the individual’s 13th birthday and returned to live with the individual’s parents after the out-of-home placement ended also qualify.
The tuition waiver provides exemption from paying any tuition and mandatory fees at a Maryland public institution of higher education
The youth must:
You are exempt from paying tuition and mandatory fees at a public college in Maryland. The tuition waiver only applies to tuition and fees. If a foster care recipient receives a scholarship or grant, the scholarship or grant may not be applied to the tuition for the foster care recipient. Tuition is determined by the individual public institution of higher education and includes cost for tuition, registration fees as well as all fees that are required as a condition of enrollment. Tuition does not include room, board, books, and transportation.
You must file the FAFSA each year to receive the waiver for up to an additional four years or until your Bachelor’s degree is awarded, whichever occurs first. You must maintain the satisfactory academic progress standards of the institution you will attend and remain enrolled in an eligible program.
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