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Howard P. Rawlings Educational Assistance Grant

  • Any Maryland high school senior or undergraduate student is eligible to apply for an Educational Assistance Grant. Awards are made by the State Scholarship Administration based upon the student' demonstrated financial need.
  • Grant values range from $400 to $3,000 per year.
  • Grant recipients must: be legal residents of Maryland, demonstrate financial need, and be accepted for admission as a full-time student (minimum 12 credits per semester) in one of the eligible, degree-granting institutions in the State of Maryland.
  • To apply for the grant, your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be RECEIVED by the state by  March 1. This grant is awarded on a priority basis on the FAFSA receipt date and based on the availability of funds.

Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access Grants

  • Any Maryland high school senior whose annual total family income is below 130 percent of the Federal poverty level is eligible to apply for a Guaranteed Access Grant.
  • The amount of a grant equals 100 percent of the student's financial need. The minimum annual award amount is $400 and the maximum award is $15,500.
  • Grant recipients must: be legal residents of Maryland, begin college within one year of completing high school, have successfully completed a college preparatory program and achieved an unweighted grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and be accepted for admission as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits per semester) in one of the eligible degree-granting institutions in the State of Maryland.
  • To be considered for a Guaranteed Access Grant, students must submit a Guaranteed Access Grant application to the Office of Student Financial Assistance and your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be RECEIVED by the state by  March 1.

Workforce Shortage Grant

  • The Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) program is for students who plan on working in specific career/occupational programs upon graduation. Eligible fields include: child care, human services, teaching, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and public service.
  • Available for current high school seniors, full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution.
  • Complete and file the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant application by July 1 and provide official transcripts from institutions attended. To be considered based on need, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the application year. The FAFSA is not required; however, it will be used to determine the order in which students will be awarded.

Certain majors may requires additional documentation, which will be noted on the application. Applicants for the William Donald Schaefer Scholarship are required to submit, in addition to the application and transcripts, a FAFSA, a 1,000 word essay on a topic determined by the Commission and Advisory Council, a resume and three (3) letters of reference.

Maryland Part-Time Grant

  • Available for part-time (6-11 credits), degree-seeking undergraduates.
  • Students must complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • The minimum Part-Time Grant award is $200, and the maximum award is $2,000. Funds may not be available to award all eligible students.
  • The office of financial aid will award to eligible students in the fall and spring semesters. No application is required.

More specific information on financial assistance available from the State of Maryland may be obtained by contacting:

Maryland Higher Education Commission
Office of Student Financial Assistance

839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400
Annapolis, MD 21401-3013
www.mhec.state.md.us
410-260-4500 or 800-974-0203