What is the Guaranteed
Access (GA) Grant?
The Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant is a grant that provides
postsecondary financial assistance to eligible in-state students currently
enrolled as high school seniors who will complete a college preparatory program
or a student who has obtained a General Educational Development Diploma (GED),
and is under the age of 26. The amount of the GA Grant equals 100 percent of
the student’s financial need and a student may receive an award for up to $18,600.
High School Seniors:
General Educational Development Diploma (GED)
To be considered, click here for an overview of the application process.
For additional information on how to complete the GA verification forms, please see the links below:
How to Complete the Required Verification Forms for the GA Grant program
How to Complete the Low Income Form
How Do I Obtain a 2017 IRS Tax Transcript:
MHEC may ask students that are selected for the verification process to confirm their eligibility for the GA Grant by submitting a 2017 IRS Tax Transcript. This includes as applicable, a copy of the student's, or student's spouse, and or parent(s) 2017 IRS Tax Transcript or State return.
provide taxpayers with a computer-created record of their tax return which
includes most of the line-items filed with the IRS, including any accompanying
forms and schedules.
To obtain a
copy of the 2017 IRS Tax Transcript, please visit the IRS website.
What is the
Guaranteed Access Partnership Program (GAPP)?
Access Partnership Program (GAPP) provides a matching grant award to eligible
Maryland students who receive a GA Grant and enroll at a participating Maryland
independent college or university as a new undergraduate student.
The Maryland institutions that are participating include:
Capitol Technology University, Goucher College, Hood College, Johns Hopkins
University, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art,
McDaniel College, Mount St. Mary’s University, Notre Dame of Maryland
University, Stevenson University, St. John’s College, Washington Adventist
University, and Washington College.
For more information about the GAPP program, please contact
your institution’s financial aid office so that they may assist you in
completing the process.
6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-3300
Toll Free: (800) 974-0203 (If calling outside of the Baltimore City area)