Senatorial Scholarship

The Maryland Senatorial Scholarship is offered to Maryland residents who plan to pursue a postsecondary credential full-time (12+ credits undergraduate or 9+ credits graduate per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits undergraduate or 6-8 credits graduate per semester) at a two-year or four-year Maryland college, university or private career school.

​​These scholarships are offered/awarded through your state delegation for your district,  not through your federal delegation, which includes your U.S. Senators. 


How Do I Apply?

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa by March 1, each year.  If you are eligible for in-state tuition, but ineligible to receive federal financial aid, you must submit the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) instead.  To complete the MSFAA online, click here to access the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS). 

If your state senator makes his/her own awards, you must call or write to your legislator for further instructions. 

​When To Apply
Complete and file the FAFSA or MSFAA by March 1, each year and contact your state senator in February for further instructions. (Below are instructions on how to contact your state senator) 

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 undergraduate or 9+ credits graduate) or part-time (6-11 credits undergraduate or 6-8 credits graduate), degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student, or attend certain private career schools.  Audited courses may not be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time or part-time status.
  • You must demonstrate financial need.
  • You must take the SAT 1 or the ACT unless you graduated from high school five or more years ago, have earned 24 college credit hours, or are attending a community college or a private career school.

Award Amount:

  • 2022-2023 Award Minimum: $400
  • 2022-2023 Award Maximum: $12,617​

You may hold the Senatorial Scholarship with all state awards. 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 $29,600, whichever is less. 

Funds may not be available to award all eligible students.

Some state senators have OSFA make awards for them.  These awards are made on the basis of financial need as demonstrated on the student's FAFSA.

Eligible Majors

All in-state majors are eligible.

Award recipients who are currently enrolled, or were enrolled within the last two years, in a certificate or license program, course, or sequence of courses at a community college that leads to certification or licensure may use the scholarship to reimburse educational expenses.

Out-of-State Exceptions:

  • Award recipients may use this scholarship at an out-of-state school if your major is not available at any Maryland institution and if your state senator agrees.  In order to verify your major as unique, you must complete and submit the online 2022-2023 Unique Major Application, along with all supporting documentation.  The deadline to submit the online application is July 31, 2022.
  • Scholarship can be used at out-of-state institutions if the applicant is on active duty with the U.S Military and domiciled in the state.
  • The scholarship may also be used out-of-state if the student is disabled and studying at an institution outside the state that makes special provisions for disabled students that are not available to the applicant at an institution in Maryland.

Certain unique majors not offered at a Maryland public university may also be eligible for the Academic Common Market, a tuition savings program that allows students enrolled in approved programs at participating institutions to pay in-state tuition rates!  Click here to learn more.

Renewing an Award

If you received a renewable award, it will renew automatically as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress at the college you attend. Full-time students may receive a Senatorial Scholarship for total of four years. Part-time students may receive a Senatorial Scholarship for a total of eight years.

A recipient may hold a scholarship for a fifth undergraduate academic year or for a semester subsequent to the end of a fourth undergraduate academic year if the recipient:

  • has requested a scholarship from the Senator for a fifth undergraduate academic year or for a semester subsequent to the end of a fourth undergraduate academic year;
  • is a full-time student;
  • continues to be a resident of the state;
  • continues to be a student at the institution and takes courses leading to a degree; and
  • has exhausted the funds available under the Senatorial Scholarship.

Senatorial Conditions of the Award

If you do not know how to contact your state senator  go to  http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Members/District or call the Board of Supervisors of Elections for your county:

 CountyPhone Number
Allegany County:(301) 777-5931
Anne Arundel County:(410) 222-6600
Baltimore County:(410) 887-5700
Baltimore City:(410) 396-5550
Calvert County:(410) 535-2214
Caroline County:(410) 479-8145
Carroll County:(410) 386-2080
Cecil County:(410) 996-5310
Charles County:(301) 934-8972
Dorchester County:(410) 228-2560
Frederick County:(301) 600-8683
Garrett County:(301) 334-6985
Harford County:(410) 638-3565
Howard County:(410) 313-5820
Kent County:(410) 778-0038
Montgomery County:(240) 777-8500
Prince George's County:(301) 430-8020
Queen Anne's County:(410) 758-0832
St. Mary's County:(301) 475-7844
Somerset County:(410) 651-0767
Talbot County:(410) 770-8099
Washington County:(240) 313-2050
Wicomico County:(410) 548-4830
Worcester County:(410) 632-1320

 

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The Senatorial Scholarship program regulations have been published online under the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). Please click HERE to access the program regulations.



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