The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) at the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) provides a number of state grants, scholarships, and loan assistance repayment programs for eligible Maryland residents.
Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant
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 $20,200.
Howard P. Rawlings Educational Assistance (EA) Grant
If eligible, students attending four-year institutions will be awarded an EA Grant equal to 40% of OSFA adjusted financial 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.
Scholarships are awarded by Maryland Senators and Delegates. All Maryland residents may apply for the Legislative Scholarships.
- Delegate Scholarship The Delegate Scholarship is offered to Maryland residents who plan to pursue a postsecondary credential full-time or part-time at a two-year or a four-year Maryland college, university or private career school.
- Senatorial Scholarship The Senatorial Scholarship is offered to current high school seniors and full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students attending a private career school.
Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Student Grant Program and Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program
The Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program provides student financial assistance to certain Maryland residents due to their eligible military or public safety service or due to their eligible family or marital relationship to such an individual.
The Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to eligible children and surviving spouses of school employees who, , either died or sustained an injury that rendered the school employee 100 percent disabled, as a victim in an act of violence occurring in the line of duty.
Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients
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 the Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients is to provide financial assistance to foster care youth. Please submit the Special Circumstances form to begin the process to be awarded the waiver.
Tuition Waiver for Homeless Youth
The Maryland Tuition Waiver for Homeless Youth provides financial assistance to homeless youth who are enrolled as a candidate for an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or vocational certificate at a Maryland Public institution of higher education. Please submit the Special Circumstances form to begin the process to be awarded the waiver.