Howard P. Rawlings 
Educational Assistance (EA) Grant​  

Awards for the 2021-2022 academic year have been made
Who may apply: ​
Current high school seniors and full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates.

​How to apply: 
Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at​.   You must file the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) if eligible for in-state tuition, but ineligible to receive federal aid. To complete the MSFAA online click here.


When to apply: 
October 1 through March 1, each year.

Eligible majors:
All majors are eligible. This award is a grant and does not need to be repaid.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You and your parents (if you are a dependent student) must be Maryland residents. 
  • You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university* as a full-time (12+ credits per semester), degree seeking, undergraduate student. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time status.  
  • You must demonstrate financial need. All applicants are ranked by Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is based on information reported on the FAFSA or MSFAA. Students with the lowest EFC are awarded first.


*Educational Assistance Grant awards may be used at an institution out of state only if the award recipient is a deaf or hearing impaired student and their institution makes special provisions for deaf and hearing impaired students that are not available at Maryland institutions.*

Financial Need
An EA Grant is determined by student need. Your need for an EA Grant is determined using the following formula:

   OSFA College Cost of Attendance
-  EFC + or - Regional Cost Of Living Adjustment
-  Certain State scholarship awards (if awarded)
-  Federal Pell Grant (if eligible)
= OSFA Adjusted Financial Need

Award Amount
Students attending four-year institutions will be awarded an EA Grant equal to 40% of OSFA adjusted financial need.  Students attending community colleges will be awarded an EA Grant equal to 60% of OSFA adjusted need.  The minimum annual award amount is $400 and the maximum award is $3,000. Should you be offered and accept certain State scholarship awards, your EA Grant will be recalculated. You may hold the EA Grant with all State awards except the Guaranteed Access Grant and Part-Time Grant. The total dollar amount of all State awards may not exceed your cost of attendance as determined by your school’s financial aid office or $28,000, whichever is less.  All financial aid received, including State aid, may not exceed your cost of attendance. 

Funds may not be available to award all eligible students.

Renewing An Award
To renew an award, you must:

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress at the college you are attending and
  • Submit the FAFSA no later than March 1 each year. 
  • Continue to demonstrate financial need. 


You may be a recipient of an EA Grant for a total of four years of full-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate study.​

Program Related Forms

20-21_EA_Conditions_of_Award.pdf2021 - 2022 Conditions of Awards for Awards

20-21_EA_Conditions_of_Award_Renewal.pdf2021 - 2022 Conditions of Awards for Renewal Awards​


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