The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship is a last dollar award, available to students who plan to enroll in credit-bearing coursework leading to a vocational certificate, certificate, or an associate degree; or in a sequence of credit or non-credit courses that leads to licensure or certification; or in a registered apprenticeship program at a Maryland community college for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Who May Apply?
A) Any high school graduate or GED recipient who is planning to enroll, or is currently enrolled, at a Maryland community college as a candidate in:
1) a credit-bearing vocational certificate;
2) a credit-bearing certificate;
3) ;;;an associate degree program;
4) a sequence of credit or non-credit courses that leads to licensure or certification; or
5) a registered apprenticeship program.
B) Applicants must be eligible for in-state tuition, as determined by the community college in accordance with Title 15 of the Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland;
C) High school applicants must have earned an unweighted cumulative GPA of at least a 2.3 or its equivalent:
1) at the end of the first semester of their senior year in high school; or
2) at the end of their senior year in high school.
D) ;;;;Applicants currently or previously enrolled at a community college must have earned either:
1) a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 from the community college; or
2) a high school unweighted cumulative GPA of at least a 2.3 or its equivalent at the; ;end of the first semester or end of their senior year in high school.
E) Applicants whose annual adjusted gross income was not more than:
1) $100,000 if the applicant is single or resides in a single-parent household; or
2) $150,000 if the applicant is married or resides in a two-parent household for the 2018 tax year as defined by MHEC;
F) Applicants who have not earned a bachelor's degree or an associate degree; and
G) Applicants who have not been awarded other educational grants or scholarships that cover the applicants' full cost of attendance at community colleges.
A) The Promise Scholarship is a last dollar award that is calculated to eligible recipients after all State or Federal student financial aid received by the recipient has been applied to their tuition;
B) A recipient selected for Federal verification must submit all required documents and complete the verification process before MHEC can determine the student's award eligibility for the Promise Scholarship;
C) Eligible recipients may receive an award of up to $5,000 per year to cover any remaining tuition and mandatory fee expenses at the community college after all Federal and State financial aid has been applied; and
D) Initial awards will be provided to recipients based on greatest demonstrated financial need as determined by MHEC.