Near Completer Grant Information


The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is offering an opportunity for Maryland residents, who started a degree but did not finish, a financial incentive to complete their degree by having the state help pay for tuition. The Maryland Higher Education Commission is currently working to encourage near completers to re–enroll in an institution of higher education to earn a degree.

A Near Completer refers to an individual who has attended a two-year or four-year educational institution and has completed college credits but does not have a college degree and is no longer attending an institution of higher education.

Specifically, a Maryland Near Completer is someone who has:

  • Earned at least 45 credit hours attending a community college or;
  • Earned at least 90 credit hours attending a public four-year educational institution; and
  • Earned a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 while attending the institutions

This page is dedicated to introducing new resources available to individuals who are interested in returning to college and earning their first degree:

Beginning in July of 2020, a near completer who re-enrolls for the 2020-2021 academic year at a community college will be eligible for up to one-third of the in-county tuition charge. Near completers who re-enroll in a Public four-year institution will be eligible for up to one-third of the (in state) undergraduate tuition charge.

The grant may be used for tuition only after all non-loan aid has been applied. Grants will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

2019-2020NearCompleterGrantApplication.pdf2019-2020 Near Completer Grant Application