IMPORTANT: During the 2020 Legislative Session, changes were made to the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship Program. The service obligation and the age requirement have been eliminated in an effort to offer more students the opportunity to be eligible for up to $5,000 annually to attend a community college.
These changes and the information of this site is effective July 1, 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Community College Promise Scholarship is a last dollar award,
available to students who plan to enroll in credit-bearing coursework leading
to a vocational certificate, certificate, or an associate degree; or in a sequence
of credit or non-credit courses that leads to licensure or certification; or in
a registered apprenticeship program at a Maryland community college for the
2020-2021 academic year.
Any high school graduate or GED recipient who is planning
to enroll, or is currently enrolled, at a Maryland community college as a
Applicants currently or previously enrolled at a
community college must have earned either:
a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 from the community college; or
a high school unweighted cumulative GPA of at least a 2.3 or its
equivalent at the end of the first semester or end of their senior year in high school.
(Applicants should submit an official or unofficial high school OR community college transcript)
To be considered for the Promise Scholarship an applicant
who failed to complete the FAFSA or MSFAA by March 1, 2020 are ineligible for
the Promise Scholarship. For more
information regarding the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA)
REMINDER: Applicants who listed a four- year
institution on their FAFSA or MSFAA, and now plan to attend a community college, may change their school of choice in one of the following ways prior to the deadline of July 31, 2020:
Go to the student’s
Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS) account and click on the “Enrollment” tab; or
Go to the student’s
completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or completed
Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) to add the new college.
What are the application requirements for Non-Credit
The Promise Non-Credit Application is Now Available in MDCAPS!
Any applicant who plans to enroll at the
community college as a non-credit “Continuing Education” applicant in a sequence of non-credit courses that leads to licensure or
certification or a registered apprenticeship program must complete the Promise Non-Credit Application online through the MDCAPS portal and
meet all other requirements for consideration of the Promise award. For Continuing Education applicants only,
the deadline to complete the application is a rolling deadline for each
academic year. Applicants should monitor the MHEC website for updates
concerning the final deadline date for the academic year.
example: If a recipient’s tuition and
mandatory fee expenses at the community college is $5,000 annually ($2,500 per
semester), and the recipient is receiving a Federal Pell Grant award in the
amount of $6,345 ($3,172.50 per semester), the recipient’s annual tuition and
mandatory fee expenses are covered by the federal Pell Grant award, so the
recipient is ineligible for the Promise scholarship because
they have no unmet tuition and mandatory fee expenses.
Initial and renewal awarding for the 2020-2021
academic year will occur in mid-August.
Renewal Recipient Requirements
of a Promise Scholarship is eligible for up to two years of a renewable award
if the recipient continues to:
information concerning the Maryland Community College Promise scholarship click
here to access the Frequently Asked
Question (FAQ) guide.
6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-3300
Toll Free: (800) 974-0203 (If calling outside of the Baltimore City area)