Near Completer Grant Information

2023-2024 is the LAST year of awarding for the Near Completer Scholarship

The Near Completer Grant provides financial assistance to Maryland residents who previously enrolled in a degree program, but did not complete it, and now plan to re-enroll to earn their degree.

Using the Academic Program Inventory (API) website​, returning students ​can match their original major with Maryland institutions that currently offer the same or similar majors.  The returning student (Near Completer) can also identify both 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities by searching for academic programs by areas of interest (i.e., major) or by searching for academic programs by institution and degree level. ​

How do I Apply?

The 2023-2024​​ Near Completer Grant application is available through the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS) :

  • ​Log into MDCAPS to complete the online application
  • ​​After completing the application use the Electronic File Upload Tool to submit the required transcripts from your previous institution. 
  • The 2023-2024 application is now closed.

Transcripts must reflect the required credits and minimum cumulative GPA:

  • To complete your associate degree, submit a copy of your transcript/transcripts showing that you have completed at least 45 credit hours
  • To complete your bachelor's degree, attach a copy of your transcript/transcripts showing that you have completed at least 90 credit hours

While the FAFSA or MSFAA application is not a requirement for the Near Completer Grant Program, students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA or MSFAA 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 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 tuition.



The applicant must have previously attended a community college and:

  • 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; and
  • is not currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution. 

The applicant must have previously attended a senior higher education institution and:

  • earned at least 90 credits-towards a bachelor's degree
  • has a minimum grade point average of 2.0
  • must be a Maryland resident who is eligible for in state tuition
  • is not currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Will all eligible applicants receive the award? Eligible near completers are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Can the award be used for books or course fees? The award is applied towards tuition only, after all non-loan aid has been applied.
  • How much is the award? A near completer who re-enrolls 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 4-year institutions of higher education.
  • What will I need to re-enroll? Contact the institution directly to identify what is needed for you to re-enroll.

    The Near Completer Grant regulations have been published online under the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).​​​ 

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