Maryland Loan Assistance Repayment Program for Foster Care Recipients

The 2021-2022 MLARP Foster Care Application is now CLOSED​The Maryland Loan Assistance Repayment Program for Foster Care Recipients provides state assistance in the repayment of educational loans owed by foster care recipients who are employed by the state, or by a county or municipality of the state, and who received a graduate or undergraduate degree from an institution of higher education in the state.

Who May Appl​y?

A former foster care recipient e​mployed by a state, county or municipality government who has also graduated from an institution of higher education in Maryland.


How To Apply?

The 2021 - 2022 MLARP Foster Care Application is now closed.​ 

Award Selection & Award Amount

The award amount is equal to 10 percent of the applicant’s total student loan debt, or $5,000 whichever is less.  Awards are paid in the form of a check made payable to the award recipient. Recipients are to deposit the award check and send the payment to their lender. Within four months,  (120) days of receipt of the payment, the recipient must submit proof to the Maryland Higher Education Commission that they made a payment(s) to their lender in the amount received.


Renewal Requirements

Awards are automatically renewed on an annual basis for up to a maximum of three (3) years if the annual employment, lender, and tax documentation is received by the deadline each year that the student is receiving funding. Failure to submit required documentation by the deadline or failure to report changes in employment status throughout the service/award years will make the student ineligible for the award.

Click for more information on the conditions of award.  


Important Deadlines

     ·        December 1 - application and all required documentation due. 


Employment Obligation

Each recipient offered an award must sign and return an employment obligation agreement stating they will remain employed by the state or a county or municipality of the state for at least one (1) year after the terms of the award expire. ​

Prior service obligations from other state scholarships must be completed before applying. One position cannot fulfill two service obligations simultaneously. If a recipient holds multiple service obligations, the obligations must be served in consecutive years.

For more information concerning the Maryland Loan Assistance Program for Foster Care Recipients, click on the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) Guide. 

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