State Grants for Maryland Students

Live or planning to go to school in Maryland? The state has a few different programs and grants available for its students! Here are some Maryland college grants you may want to consider applying to, plus additional information on financial aid programs in the state.

Maryland College Grants

1. Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant

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The Guaranteed Access (GA) grant awards up to $20,000 to eligible students. Need-based, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be eligible for in-state tuition
  • Planning to enroll in a Maryland college or university full time
  • Current high school senior that will complete a college preparatory program
  • Anyone under the age of 26 and has obtained a General Education Development Diploma (GED)
  • Must have earned a 2.5 GPA or 165 per module on the GED
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA)
  • Submit other relevant financial aid documents.

This award is renewable.

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2. Part-Time Grant

The Part-Time Grant Program is for students who plan to attend college full-time and have demonstrated financial aid. The winners are selected by the institution. The award can range between $200 and $2,000. Students must complete the FAFSA or MSFAA in order to be eligible and apply. Winners can also request to renew their award if they maintain satisfactory academic progress at their school.

3. Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

For students who are attending community college but don’t have quite enough financial and state aid to cover tuition and fees, there is the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship. Students can win up to $5,000 to cover the financial aid gap.

To apply, students must

  • Be a Maryland high school graduate or GED recipient
  • Be attending full time
  • Working towards a certification, associate program, or a registered apprenticeship program
  • Complete the FAFSA and MSFAA
  • Have a 2.3 GPA in high school
  • Have a 2.5 GPA in college

4. The Maryland Police Officer Scholarship

Open to future police officers and current officers in Maryland, this scholarship is dedicated to helping individuals advance their careers in the law enforcement field. The award grants 50% of annual tuition and mandatory fees at the school. 

Requirements to apply include:

  • Complete the online application on the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS)
  • Submit documentation confirming you are employed as a police officer
  • Submit documentation confirming that you are enrolled in a law enforcement-related program
  • Agree to work as a police officer in Maryland for 5 years within an 8-year period after graduation

5. And More

Other grants available to Maryland students include:

  • 2+2 Transfer Scholarship
  • Howard P. Rawlings Campus-Based Educational Assistance Grant
  • Howard P. Rawlings Education Assistance (EA) Grant
  • Graduate and Professional Scholarship Program
  • Delegate Scholarship
  • Senatorial Scholarship
  • Near Completer Grant
  • Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship
  • Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarship
  • Charles W. Riley Firefighter & Ambulance & Rescue Squad Member Scholarship Program
  • Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program
  • Workforce Development Sequence Program
  • Jack F. Tolbert Memorial Student Grant Program
  • And more

Where Can You Find More Information on Maryland Grants?

If you’re interested in a college grant from Maryland, head over to the Maryland Higher Education Commission website where they have a page dedicated to State Financial Aid programs, their deadlines, and requirements. Students can also find financial aid resources, guides to attending college in the state, and more. In addition, virtual appointments can be made with the Office of Student Financial Assistance regarding state financial aid programs.

Not all financial aid packages have to come from the state or even a school. There are hundreds of scholarships out there from organizations, small businesses, and corporations. Finding them though can be difficult. That’s why we’ve put together a Scholarship Search tool. Discover awards you’re eligible for here!