Maryland State Scholarships & Grants

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) offers several financial aid programs for Maryland residents enrolling at Maryland colleges or universities.

For more information on these and other programs, or to obtain applications, please visit www.mhec.state.md.us. You can also contact MHEC representatives at 1.800.974.0203.

  • Delegate Scholarships

    - at least $200 per year for students taking 6 credits or more, offered through your state delegate

    Both graduate and undergraduate students who are enrolled for at least 6 credits may apply for a Delegate Scholarship. To qualify for a Delegate Scholarship, a student must be a Maryland resident and be attending a Maryland college or university. To receive priority consideration, students must have their FAFSA processed by March 1 and must contact their delegate in February to determine if any additional application materials are required. Not all delegates participate in the Delegate Scholarship Program. To find out if your delegate participates, or to find out who your delegate is or how to contact them, please refer to the website for the MHEC, or enter your address at www.mdelect.net. All students who are offered this award must accept it before funds can be sent to the school. If you were offered a delegate scholarship, please visit https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us to accept it. Visit the MHEC Delegate Scholarship website for more information.

  • Senatorial Scholarships

    Both graduate and undergraduate students who are enrolled for at least 6 credits may apply for a Senatorial Scholarship. To qualify for a Senatorial Scholarship, a student must be a Maryland resident and be attending a Maryland college or university. To receive priority consideration, students must have their FAFSA processed by March 1 and must contact their senator in February to determine if any additional application materials are required. Not all senators participate in the Senatorial Scholarship Program. To find out if your senator participates, or to find out who your senator is or how to contact them, please refer to the website for the MHEC, or enter your address at www.mdelect.net. All students who are offered this award must accept it before funds can be sent to the school. If you were offered a senatorial scholarship, please visit https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us to accept it. Visit the MHEC Senatorial Scholarship website for more information.

  • Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant

    The Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant is awarded to students who have extreme financial need. To qualify for the GA Grant, students must have extreme financial need, be a high school senior at the time of application, have a 2.5 GPA, be a Maryland resident and enroll at a Maryland college or university. Students must be enrolled full-time in order to maintain eligibility for the award. To receive priority consideration for the GA Grant, students must have their FAFSA processed by March 1. To view GA Grant income requirements or to apply, please visit the MHEC GA Grant website. All students who are offered this award must accept it before funds can be sent to the school. If you were offered a GA Grant, please visit https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us to accept it.

  • Educational Assistance (EA) Grant

    The Educational Assistance (EA) Grant covers a portion of a student's financial need not yet met by expected family contribution (EFC), any other state scholarships or a Federal Pell Grant. To qualify for the EA Grant, students must have unmet financial need, be a Maryland resident and be attending a Maryland college or university. Students must be enrolled full-time in order to maintain eligibility for the award. A student who receives a Guaranteed Access Grant is not eligible to receive the EA Grant. There is no separate application for the EA Grant; however, students must have their FAFSA processed before March 1 in order to qualify. Most new freshmen who receive this award have zero EFC and a high level of need. All students who are offered this award must accept it before funds can be sent to the school. If you were offered an EA Grant, please visit https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us to accept it. Visit the MHEC EA Grant website for more information.