You and your parents (if you are a dependent student) must be Maryland residents. You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university as a full-time (12+ credits per semester; audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time status), degree-seeking, undergraduate student, and you must demonstrate financial need. All applicants must have a minimum, unweighted cumulative 2.5 high school grade point average (GPA) and meet the following income requirements:
A GA Grant is determined by financial need. Your need for a GA Grant is determined using the following formula:
OSFA College Cost of Attendance - EFC + or - Regional Cost of Living Adjustment - Certain State scholarship awards (if awarded) - Federal Pell Grant (if eligible) = Financial Need
You may hold the GA Grant with all State awards, except the Educational Assistance Grant and the Part-Time Grant. The total dollar amount of all State awards may not exceed your cost of attendance, as determined by your school’s financial aid office or $28,000, whichever is less.
What is the Guaranteed Access Partnership Program (GAPP)?
The 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.
Renewing An Award
To renew an award, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress at the college you are attending. Students must submit the FAFSA no later than March 1 each year. You must also continue to demonstrate financial need. You may receive a GA Grant for a total of four years of full-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate study.
Students must successfully complete at least 30 credits by the end of your second academic year of enrollment and each academic year thereafter. This means that if you are eligible for either the GA grant, you must complete at least 30 credits per academic year, beginning in your second year and thereafter, in order to receive full (non-prorated) eligibility of your State grant award.
Credits earned in the fall, spring, and summer semesters, of the 2018-2019 award year all count towards the 30 credit requirement
*** If you successfully complete at least 24 credits but less than 30 credits at the end of your second academic year and thereafter, your GA award will be prorated.
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