Sources of Financial Aid Information

Sources of Financial Aid Information

Advisor & Legislator Tools
Maryland Financial Assistance Programs
Federal Student Financial Aid Programs
Learn Your Legislative District
Additional Informative Web Sites
Informative Publications
Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS)
Transfer Scholarship Guide for Maryland Community College Students
Student Guide Transfer Among Maryland Colleges and Universities​

Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at:

Maryland Higher Education Commission
Office of Student Financial Assistance
6 North Liberty Street, Ground Suite
Baltimore, MD  21201
(410) 767-3300
(800) 974-0203 Toll Free

Visitors who are hard of hearing, deaf or speech-disabled and who use a TTY or text telephone can contact MHEC via Maryland Relay (Dial 7-1-1 or 800-735-2258).

The Office of Student Financial Assistance recognizes that in many cases students freely exchange information about educational progress with parents and other third parties. In order to facilitate that process, special release forms have been developed that allows OSFA personnel to share certain information about student progress with parents and other third parties. This form must be signed by the student and can then be returned to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Release of Information (FERPA)​

Federal Student Financial Aid Programs:

Federal Student Aid Information Center
1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)
TTY 1-800-730-8913

Web Sites

There are helpful websites that can provide you with information and assistance in your search for financial aid information.  Some of these are:



The Student Guide and Funding Your Education. The United States Department of Education will mail information about federal student aid programs and how to apply for them. ​

Paying Less for College, Peterson’s Guide. Step-by-step advice on how to apply for financial aid

College Costs and Financial Aid Handbook, College Board.  Detailed listing of financial aid opportunities and costs at various types of schools

Don’t Miss Out:  The Ambitious Student’s Guide to Financial Aid, Anna Leider and Robert Leider.  Describes financial aid process; provides information about major financial aid opportunities.

Graduate Students

The Graduate Scholarship Book, The Complete Guide to Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans for Graduate and Professional Study, David Cassidy. Provides information on over 1,600 scholarships and awards arranged within broad areas of graduate study.

Free Money for Graduate School:  A Directory of Private Grants, Laurie Blum.  Lists financial aid opportunities available through a variety of resources.

Minority Students, Disabled Students, Military Personnel and their Families

Directory of Financial Aid for Women, Gail Ann Schlachter.  Lists over 2,000 sources of loans, scholarships, internships and grants.

Directory of Financial Aid for Minorities, Gail Ann Schlachter with Sandra Goldstein.  Lists over 2,250 entries with granting agencies that include private foundations, government and other public agencies, professional associations, honor societies, and other special institutes.

Financial Aid for Minorities, Garrett Park Press.  Six small booklets that address financial aid for students with any major as well as specific majors.

Financial Aid for the Disabled and their Families, Gail Schlachter and David Weber.  Identifies over 950 sources of financial aid designed exclusively for the disabled, their spouses, parents and children.

Need A Lift? The American Legion Service for Young People.  Gives emphasis to opportunities available to children of deceased and disabled veterans.​