Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

Maryland's Community College Promise Scholarship program is a need-based, last dollar, financial aid program designed for middle income Maryland families and teens who may think they can’t afford college, but who would be interested in attending a community college if it were affordable.

Please review the eligibility requirements carefully, and be sure to follow the timeline. Funds are limited. Promise recipients must complete certain requirements or the Promise converts to a student loan:

  • Complete their course of study or registered apprenticeship
  • Work full-time (at least 35 hours per week) and pay Maryland income tax for 1 year for each year they receive the Promise funds
  • Repay Promise funds received if recipients fail to do either of the above

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Important Reminder

Students must list their Maryland community college on their FAFSA or MSFAA to ensure consideration for the Maryland Community College Promise program. You cannot change this after it is submitted.

The deadline to complete the FAFSA or MSFAA is March 1, 2020.

Initial Eligibility
  • Must be eligible for in-state tuition
  • Must have an annual adjusted gross income of not more than:
    • $100,000 if the applicant is single or resides in a single parent household; or
    • $150,000 if the applicant is married or resides in a two-parent household
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.3 at end of 1st semester/senior year of high school
  • Must, within 2 years after graduating from high school or within 2 years after successfully completing a Maryland GED:
    • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA). There is not a separate application for Maryland’s CCP. Students must list their Maryland community college on their FAFSA or MSFAA to ensure consideration for the Maryland Community College Promise program.
    • Enroll full-time in and complete at least 12 credits per semester at their local community college for:
      • Associate degree or approved certificate program OR
      • A minimum of 18 clock hours of instruction per week in a sequence of credit or noncredit courses that leads to licensure or certification OR
      • A registered apprenticeship

Renewing Student Eligibility 

Students may receive the scholarship for three consecutive years if the following is completed:

  • Annually, by March 1, file the FAFSA or MSFAA (Students must list their Maryland community college on FAFSA or MSFAA to ensure consideration for the Maryland Community College Promise program.)
  • Stay enrolled full-time at their local community college in credit courses; enroll in and complete at least 18 hours of instruction per week in a sequence of credit or non-credit courses; or registered apprenticeship
  • Maintain a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.5 or its equivalent
  • Make satisfactory progress in the associate degree or approved certificate program, or apprenticeship
  • Continue to meet income requirements

Additional Information

Timeline and Deadlines

October 1, 2019 - March 1, 2020

  • Submit FAFSA or MSFAA
  • Students must list their Maryland community college on FAFSA or MSFAA to ensure consideration for the Maryland Community College Promise program

March 1, 2020

  • Deadline to submit FAFSA or MFSAA for consideration for Maryland’s Community College Promise program
  • MHEC encourages all students to register for an MDCAPS accountnew window to receive timely information about any financial aid application

Date TBD, 2020

  • Deadline to provide any requested supplemental documentation to MHEC-OSFA
Award Process

Renewal awards are prioritized over all others - provided recipients remain eligible. Initial awards are prioritized by greatest financial need.

  • Annual award amounts: $200 - $5,000, or actual tuition, whichever is less
  • “Tuition” includes mandatory fees
  • Promise funds are applied “last dollar” in most cases
  • Eligible students who do not receive aid will be notified and placed on a wait list
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