The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) awards a variety of grants and scholarships to students that are Maryland residents. Both student and parents need to be state residents in order to receive the award. These awards are based on merit and/or financial need. Students who wish to be considered for state aid must submit the FAFSA by March 1 each year. Awarded students are notified via email to create an online MD CAPS account to view their award offer(s). Students must accept their award(s), confirm/update their housing status, and the school that they are attending through their MD CAPS account.
Below is a list of awards that are issued through MHEC. For a full list of deadlines, separate application and eligibility requirements please visit their website www.mhec.state.md.us.
- Guaranteed Access Grant
- Educational Assistance Grant
- Part-Time Grant
- Graduate and Professional Scholarship Program
- Delegate Scholarship
- Senatorial Scholarship
- Distinguished Scholar Award
- Charles W. Riley Fire and Emergency Medical Services Tuition Reimbursement
- Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LARP)
- John R. Justice Grant Program
- Maryland Loan Assistance Repayment Program for Physicians (MLARP)
- Maryland Dent-Care Loan Assistance Repayment Program (MDC-LARP)
- Nurse Support Program II – Hal & Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses
- Optometry Tuition Reduction Program
- Tuition Reduction for Non-Resident Nursing
- Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program
Service Obligations Only
- Child Care Provider Scholarship
- Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, Child Welfare, and Juvenile Justice Workforce Tuition Assistance Program
- Distinguished Scholar Teacher Education Award
- Hope Scholarship Programs (Hope General, Maryland Teacher, & Science and Technology)
- Physical and Occupational Therapists and Assistants Program
- Sharon Christa McAuliffe Memorial Teacher Education Award
- State Nursing Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant
- William Donald Schaefer Scholarship Program
- Jack F. Tolbert Memorial Student Grant Program
- Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program & Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program
- Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients
- Tuition Waiver for Maryland National Guard
- Tuition Waiver for Students with Disabilities
So, you’re planning on going to college. Oh the excitement of going off to college, meeting new people, learning new things, and experiencing this exciting time. But wait, how do you know if it’s the right college for you? Is it too big? Is it too small? Do they have your major? Can you afford it? The questions can go on and on.
Lucky for you, the U.S Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center is making it so much easier for you to learn about your college choices from the comfort of your own home! Have you ever heard of the College Score Card? No? Check it out at http://collegecost.ed.gov/scorecard/index.aspx/
First, search for any school that might interest you. From here, you will find the Costs, Graduation Rate, Loan Default Rate, Median Borrowing, and common jobs Graduates have. It’s a one stop shop!
Don’t know what colleges you are interested in? No problem! Search by other fields too and let the College Scorecard decide for you! You can search by Degree Programs, Size, State, Campus Setting, and even by the Financial Awards offered.
Searching for colleges has never been so easy!
Are you in search of additional aid to help fund your education?
Scholarships are a great place to find that extra money to help pay for school. Here at UMBC we offer the Scholarship Retriever- our online database of internal and external scholarships that other students who attend UMBC have received.
It’s important to start your scholarship search early as deadlines are usually early in the year- Feb 1st or March 1st.
There are also other scholarship databases out there. FastWeb is a great place to search for scholarships; however you always want to check to make sure what you are applying for is, in fact, a legitimate scholarship through a real organization. There are many “scholarships” out there that are not real and are just trying to get your personal information. Be cautious.
The CareerOneStop is another site that offers students a scholarship search as well as other tools to help them explore different career opportunities. That may be a place you want to check out.
Also, don’t forget to contact your district Senator and/or Delegate. They are all given funds, though a limited amount, to provide scholarships to students. Usually they award between $500-$1,000 for the year and that $500 scholarship could be the difference between having to pay a bill out-of-pocket and not having a bill at all.
Our office also has a page dedicated to the questions we often get from students about scholarships and is a great resource to check out.
Meet Shana Yem!
Shana currently serves a Financial Aid Counselor at UMBC. Shana has been working as a Counselor for a little over a year, and has grown to love the area! She is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, and moved to Maryland back in September, 2012. She is still exploring the area, as road-tripping is one of her favorite things to do; not to mention, hiking, knitting, and candle-making. She also loves to do, as she puts it, “homey” activities. What is also interesting about Shana is that she participated in the 2002 opening and closing ceremonies in the Winter Olympics!
Shana was drawn to work at UMBC because of the school’s outstanding reputation and the wonderful staff on campus. She loves the student population at UMBC, and appreciates how unique and diverse it is. Also, Shana emphasized that she is here for the students, and wants them to know she is a resource. She encourages all students to reach out for help.
If you have a last name beginning with I, J, L, M, N, contact Shana for help with your financial aid account. Visit our website for her contact information.
Are you just starting your Financial Aid adventure? Here is a great- and short- video on the Financial Aid Process and what to expect!
Meet Rachel Falk!
Rachel currently serves as a Financial Aid Counselor at UMBC. Rachel has been working as a Counselor since January of 2013, but has been involved with UMBC much longer. She is actually an alumnus of UMBC, and made sure to mention, “Go Retrievers!” UMBC is a close distance to her hometown, as she was born and raised in Arbutus, Maryland, and still lives there today. Besides showing off her UMBC pride, Rachel loves to bake, cook, and dance. She has danced for over eighteen years, and trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop. Rachel is also coach of a high school cheer squad.
Rachel was drawn to work at UMBC because she loved the campus as a student, and always had the desire to return. Even today what she loves most about the university is the campus. She states that it is one of the most beautiful campuses she has ever visited. Rachel also emphasized that she loves working with students! She stated that meeting with students is her favorite part of being a Counselor, and she is always willing to meet with you.
If you have a last name beginning with A, B, G, T, contact Rachel for help with your financial aid account. Visit our website for her contact information.