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Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship is a last dollar award that provides tuition assistance for eligible students to attend one of Maryland’s public community colleges in the county the student resides. All students who complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA are also eligible for Maryland state grants and scholarships. Visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission for more information.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • 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:
    • a credit-bearing vocational certificate;
    • a credit-bearing certificate;
    • an associate degree program;
    • a sequence of credit or non-credit courses that leads to licensure or certification; or
    • a registered apprenticeship program.
  • 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;
  • High school applicants must have earned an unweighted cumulative GPA of at least a 2.3 or its equivalent:
    • at the end of the first semester of their senior year in high school; or
    • at the end of their senior year in high school.
  • Applicants currently or previously enrolled at a community college must have earned either:
    • a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 from the community college; or
    • 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.(Applicants should submit an official or unofficial high school OR community college transcript)
  • Applicants whose annual adjusted gross income was 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 for the 2018 tax year as defined by MHEC;
  • Applicants who have not earned a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree; and
  • Applicants who have not been awarded other educational grants or scholarships that cover the applicants’ full cost of attendance at community colleges.

How soon can students become part of the Maryland Promise Program?

  • Students become eligible when they graduate from high school or receive a GED.
  • Funded students may remain funded through the completion of a degree or certificate program (as long as eligibility is maintained, applicants re-apply annually and funding is renewed by the state).
  • Maryland Promise requires an annual application.

How do you stay eligible?

  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in credit-bearing courses and satisfactory academic progress toward completion of non-credit courses or program.
  • Complete the FAFSA each year by March 1st and the Maryland Promise renewal/application (Supporting Documentation) by May 1.
  • Continue to meet financial need requirements. If ineligible to submit a FAFSA, students must qualify for in-state tuition.
  • Continuous full-time enrollment is required (at least 12 credits/semester).
  • Complete program of study within two years.
  • Remain eligible for in-state tuition.

How much aid do you receive?

  • Maryland Promise awards range from $200 - $5,000 per recipient per year to assist with tuition and mandatory fees.
  • Initial awards will be provided to recipients based on greatest demonstrated financial need as determined by MHEC.

What is required from students?

  • Students who do not attend or satisfactorily complete classes will be discontinued from Maryland Promise; students receiving federal Pell grant aid may owe money back to HCC as a result of loss of financial aid and/or Maryland Promise funding.
  • Recipients are required to maintain continuous full-time enrollment and complete a certificate or associate degree program within two years.

How do I apply?

  • Complete an Application for Admission to HCC, can be done as early as one year prior to attending HCC.
  • Complete the FAFSA by March 1 to determine financial need or complete separate State Application by March 1st for students ineligible to receive federal aid but eligible for in-state tuition.
  • Regularly check your email used on the FAFSA and your HCC email for important updates or reminders about the Promise scholarship.
  • Register for classes by mid-May for your first fall semester classes.

How will I be notified?

  • Maryland Promise award recipients will be notified by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Recipients will be notified via email of updates or additional information requests. Be sure to regularly check the email that was used for your FAFSA and your HCC email. Also, applicants can monitor the status of their application online through their MDCAPS portal. Additional information is available by visiting the Maryland Higher Education Commission website.


Contact the Maryland Higher Education Commission by visiting the Maryland Higher Education Commission website or contact HCC’s Student Financial Aid Office at or 240-500-2473.

How to send secure uploads through MDCAPS?

  • Log in using your MDCAPS username and password.
  • On the homepage click “Electronic File Upload”.
  • the “Academic Year” for which you are uploading document(s) for.
  • Select the “Document Type” you are uploading as it appears in the drop down menu.
  • Click “Choose File” to select the file(s) you want to upload from your computer.
  • Then, click “Submit”.
    • If uploading more than one file repeat steps 3-6.
  • Once you have uploaded your file(s) the type of document(s) you uploaded will display at the bottom of the page.
  • Then, click “View Application Status” at the top of the “Electronic File Upload” page in MDCAPS to view the “Status” of each document you successfully uploaded.
    • A status of “Submitted” means your documents were uploaded successfully.
    • A status of “Accepted” means MHEC has reviewed your document and the documentation is acceptable.
    • A status of “Rejected” means MHEC has reviewed your document and the information you provided is Incomplete. You will receive a notification from our office informing you why the document is Incomplete.
  • A reminder that all files must be in PDF, jpg, png, doc, or docx format when uploading documents through MDCAPS.
  • For more information about the Electronic File Upload Tool click the following link


The Maryland College Promise program requires completion of the FAFSA by March 1st. Complete the FAFSA at HCC’s school code is 002074. For best consideration, applicants are encouraged to file the FAFSA early, starting Oct. 1st of each year, and no later than March 1st of each year.