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Federal and State Grants

To be eligible for federal and state grants, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (SAP).

See the Federal Student Aid website for a list of grants and scholarships.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant 
A federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have financial need. For many students, a Pell Grant provides a foundation of financial aid to which other aid is added.

Students are only eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant for 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent). This means that if you received 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent) at any time and at any institution, you will lose eligibility to receive any more Pell Grants. Please note that 12 full-time semesters are approximately six years of study and includes two full-time semesters per year. This would also be equivalent to 24 half-time semesters (six to eight credits). Please note that if you use all of your undergraduate financial aid at HCC, you will not be able to receive Pell Grants to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution.

Whether you have used all of your Pell Grant eligibility or only half, please be conscious about the lifetime limit of the Pell Grant when changing majors and/or scheduling classes.

You may view your Pell Grant status and use by logging into your account on

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant 
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. FSEOG does not have to be paid back. There is no guarantee that every eligible student will be able to receive FSEOG, as awards are based on availability of funds. Students wanting to receive FSEOG need to have submitted all required information to the HCC Student Financial Aid Office as early in the year as possible.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is for students who are not Pell Grant eligible; whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11; and who, at the time of the parent's or guardian's death, was less than 24 years old or was enrolled at least part-time at a college or university. The maximum is the same as the Pell Grant maximum. Payment will be adjusted for less than full-time study.

Maryland Need-based Aid Programs

Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access Grant
The Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant is a grant that provides post-secondary financial assistance to eligible in-state students currently enrolled as high school seniors who will complete a college preparatory program or a student who has obtained a General Educational Development diploma (GED), and is under the age of 26. Students must complete the FAFSA and an additional application through their MDCAPS account. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required and the student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by HCC. This grant requires full-time (12+ credits) enrollment.

Howard P. Rawlings Educational Assistance Grant
The Howard P. Rawlings Educational Access (EA) Grant is a grant that provides post-secondary financial assistance to in-state students. Students who are current high school seniors and full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates may apply for the EA Grant. A FAFSA is required to determine eligibility for the award. If a student is unable to complete the FAFSA, a MSFAA must be completed by the student. The application is open from October 1 through March 1 each year. A student must demonstrate financial need to be potentially eligible for the award; students with the lowest EFC are awarded first. All students eligible for the EA Grant must accept their award online through their MDCAPS account.

Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

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. For information on the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship, please check the MHEC Promise page.

Maryland Part-Time Grant
This grant is for students who are registered for at least half-tine (6 credits) but less than full-time (12 credits) at Hagerstown Community College. Students must file the FAFSA or MSFAA by March 1 and must be a Maryland Resident as well as their parents (if a dependent student based on FAFSA information). The amounts of the part-time grant are set and cannot be increased. Hagerstown Community College receives a certain of amount of funding at the beginning of each academic year. This is a first come, first served grant given by the Student Financial Aid Office. Students who were awarded an Educational Assistance Grant (described above) by MHEC but are not registered full-time may be awarded a Part-Time Grant depending on availability.

Maryland Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant
The Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) program is for students who plan on working in specific career/occupational programs upon graduation. Eligible fields include: child care, human services, teaching, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, social work, and public service. It is for both full-time and part-time students. There are additional application materials required from MHEC.

MHEC scholarship applications are available online on the MHEC Applications page.