The Maryland Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients is available to foster care youth who are enrolled as a candidate for an associate, bachelor’s degree or vocational certificate at a Maryland Public institution of higher education. The purpose of Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients is to provide financial assistance to foster care youth.
Students under the age of 25 who have resided in an out-of-home placement in Maryland and who are attending a Maryland public college or university.
You must complete the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa or the Maryland State Financial Aid
Application (MSFAA) at http://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us/ and contact the financial aid office at the college or
university that you plan to attend.
Students under the age of 25 who are or were in an out-of-home placement in Maryland by the MD Department of Human Services and who are attending a Maryland public college or university are eligible to apply. When applying, you must have been placed or were in an out-of-home placement by the Maryland Department of Human Services.You must have:
All majors are eligible to apply, both credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses.
The youth must:
You are exempt from paying tuition and mandatory fees at a public college in Maryland. The tuition waiver only applies to tuition and fees. This also includes all fees for credit bearing and noncredit courses required as a condition of enrollment.
If a foster care recipient receives a scholarship or grant, the scholarship or grant may not be applied to the tuition for the foster care recipient.
Tuition is determined by the individual public institution of higher education and includes cost for tuition, registration fees as well as all fees that are required as a condition of enrollment. Tuition does not include room, board, books, and transportation.
You must file the FAFSA or MSFAA each year to receive the waiver for up to an additional nine years or until your Bachelor’s degree is awarded, whichever occurs first. You must remain enrolled in an eligible academic program.
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