Community College Promise Scholarship



The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship is a last dollar scholarship that is available for the 2024-2025 academic year​​ to students who enroll at a Maryland community college. Eligible students can receive up to $5,000 to cover any remaining tuition and mandatory fee expenses after Federal or State financial aid has been applied.

Who May Apply?

A Maryland high school graduate or GED recipient eligible for in-state tuition who is planning to enroll or is currently enrolled full time or part time ​​at a Maryland community college in:

  • A credit-bearing vocational certificate/certificate/associate degree program
  • A sequence of credit or non-credit courses that leads to licensure or certification
  • A registered apprenticeship program

How do I apply?

Submit either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OR MHEC One App (for students who are not eligible to submit a FAFSA) and contact their local community college in order to apply.

Application Filing Deadline for Academic Year 2023-2024 is April 15, 2024

Application Filing Deadline for Academic Year 2024-2025 is April 15, 2025

Required Documentation

After completing the FAFSA or MHEC One app ​ eligible applicants must submit certain documentation for further consideration of the award directly to their institution.

Grade Point Average (GPA) & General Education Development (GED) Requirements for Initial Applicants


High School G​​​PA RequirementsHigh school seniors must have earned an unweighted cumulative 2.3 GPA at the end of the first semester of their senior year in high school or by the end of their senior year in high school.
Community College GPA requirementsIndividuals currently enrolled at a community college must document that they earned a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 while previously or currently enrolled at a community college. 
GED RequirementsGED applicants must submit a copy of their examination. 


Exceptions to submitting a high school transcript: An initial applicant who graduated from high school five or more years before applying for the scholarship is exempt from submitting a high school transcript to document the GPA requirement. Students must contact their institution in order to submit the required documentation.

Income Requirements

​Students must be within the required adjusted gross income limits based on the applicable tax year:

​Academic Year
​​​​Tax Year


  • $100,000 if the applicant is single or resides in a single parent household; or
  • $150,000 if the applicant is married or resides in a two parent household.


All documentation must be submitted to your institution. No documentation will be accepted through MDCAPS. 

Important Dates and Deadlines

October 1:   FAFSA becomes available

June:           AWARDING begins for renewal recipients

July 15 :       PRIORITY DEADLINE to submit all required documentation

August:      AWARDING begins for initial applicants

​April 15​​​:      FINAL DEADLINE to submit the FAFSA or MHEC One App and/or all required documentation


 Renewal Requirements

 To remain eligible for the award, recipients must meet the following requirements:

  • Continue to be eligible for in-state tuition
  • Annually file the FAFSA or MHEC One App by April 15
  • Continue to meet the adjusted gross income requirements
  • ​Enroll in and complete: 
    • A sequence of credit or non-credit courses that leads to licensure or certification​; AND 
    • 6 credits at the end of the each semester in a credit bearing program.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative community college GPA if enrolled in a credit bearing program
  • Make satisfactory academic progress toward a vocational certificate/certificate/registered apprenticeship/associate degree

More information on the Condition of Award found here

What are the Enrollment Requirements?

  • All eligible applicants must attend the community college located in their county, or in the case of a regional community college, the region in which they live. Regional community colleges are: Wor-Wic Community College; Chesapeake College; and College of Southern Maryland.
  • If the community college located where the applicant lives does not offer the degree or program in which they enrolled, the applicant may attend any other Maryland community college that offers the program. 
  • Eligible applicants may use the scholarship to attend a community college that has on-campus residential facilities for students.
  • Applicants who plan to enroll as candidates in credit-bearing vocational certificates, credit-bearing certificates, or associate degrees must enroll in at least 6​ credits per semester at a community college.
  • Applicants who plan to enroll in a sequence of credit or non-credit courses that leads to licensure or certification must enroll in the next available courses offered at the community college for their sequence.

Requirements for Non-Credit Applicants

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: 

For Continuing Education applicants only, the deadline to complete the application is a rolling deadline for each academic year.

For more information concerning the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship, view the Frequently Asked Questions Guide.

Community College Promise Scholarship 

The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship regulations have been published online under the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).​

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