Maryland Higher Education Commission January News Brief

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Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) News Brief


Need Money to Go to College? Use the New MHEC One-App 

The Maryland Higher Education Commission announced a new financial aid application to help streamline the financial aid process to apply for Maryland scholarships and grants. Through the new MHEC One-App, students who plan to attend a college, university, or a career/trade school between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025 may now apply for all of the financial aid programs offered by the state through one convenient location.

“This new app offers easy access to the financial aid information, while providing a more streamlined process when applying for the $130 million in financial aid available to Maryland students,” said Maryland Higher Education Commission Acting Secretary Dr. Sanjay Rai.

To get started, students are encouraged to log into or create their Maryland College Aid Processing System account, known as their MDCAPS account. Students who do not currently have an account will be required to create one. Students will also be required to submit an email that they use frequently to ensure successful communication between the student and the agency—all notifications go through email.

This includes undocumented students who are eligible for in-state tuition and replaces the Maryland State Financial Aid Application, known as the MSFAA, with the new application, which is also located in the Maryland College Aid Processing System.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission administers 27 state scholarship and grant programs to 65,000 Maryland students annually.

MHEC Helps Students Prepare for the New FAFSA by Extending the State Deadline and Offering Updated Information on its Website

The Maryland Higher Education Commission has extended the state deadline to submit the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to June 1, 2024. While students will have until June 1st to file and qualify for Maryland scholarships, they are encouraged to submit their FAFSA by March 1, 2024 if they want to be notified of their eligibility on April 15, 2024.

To support the application process, the commission launched a new webpage that will help Maryland students apply for federal and state financial aid for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year. 

“The FAFSA is the application for most of Maryland’s need-based scholarships and grants,” said Maryland Higher Education Acting Secretary Dr. Sanjay Rai. “It is critical that when the application opens, our students are not only part of the federal financial aid process, but become eligible for millions of dollars in Maryland scholarships and grants available to them though the Maryland Higher Education Commission.”

Local Baltimore News Station Helps Maryland Students Apply for State Scholarships and Grants

WMAR's Mallory Sofastaii Interviews MHEC's Acting Secretary Dr. Sanjay Rai

WMAR's Mallory Sofastaii interviewed Maryland Higher Education Acting Secretary Dr. Sanjay Rai and the Director for the Office of Student Financial Assistance Al Dorsett to explain how the Maryland agency is working to guide students and their families through the new FAFSA process.

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