The 2021-2022 Near Completer Application is Closed.
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. The Near Completer Grant
provides financial assistance to Maryland residents who were
previously enrolled in a degree program that they did not complete, and now
plan to re-enroll to earn their degree.
Previously attended a community
Has earned at least 45 credit hours
Has a minimum grade point average of 2.0
Must be a Maryland resident who is eligible for in state tuition
o Not currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution
Previously attended a senior
higher education institution and:
Has earned at least 90 credits-towards a Bachelor Degree
Not currently enrolled
at a post-secondary institution
While the FAFSA or MSFAA application is not a
requirement for the Near Completer Grant Program, students are encouraged to
complete a FAFSA by March 1 for consideration of both Federal and other
State financial aid programs. To complete a Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) online visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa or submit the
Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) online through MDCAPS for any
applicant who is ineligible to receive federal aid but is eligible for in-state
How to apply:
The 2021-2022 Near Completer Grant application
is now available through the
Maryland College Aid Processing System
(MDCAPS). Application and all required documentation
must be submitted by May 1, 2021.
Log into MDCAPS to
complete the online application
Follow the Electronic File Upload Tool procedures to submit required transcripts
from your previous institution
reflect the required credits and minimum cumulative GPA:
ü To complete your
Associate Degree, submit a copy of your transcript/transcripts showing that you
have completed at least 45 credit hours.
ü To complete your Bachelor’s Degree,
attach a copy of your transcript/transcripts showing that you have completed at
least 90 credit hours.
All required documents must be submitted to MHEC via the NEW
Electronic File Upload Tool
Will all eligible applicants receive the
award? Eligible near completers will be awarded on a first-come,
Can the award be used for books or course fees?
The award may be used for tuition only after all non-loan aid
has been applied.
How much is the award? A
near completer who re-enrolls for the 2021-2022 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.
What school can I attend? This
program is open to Maryland community colleges and public institutions of
will I need to re-enroll? Contact the institution directly to identify
what is needed for you to re-enroll.
6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-3300
Toll Free: (800) 974-0203 (If calling outside of the Baltimore City area)