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Any AACC credit or noncredit student who has a MyAACC username and password is encouraged to complete an application for scholarships. Remember to complete the FAFSA and watch your MyAACC student email account for further instructions about your application.

To get started, select the year you wish to apply for and use your AACC username and password as a single sign-on to access the application.

Scholarships for Credit Students

AACC Foundation Scholarships

Generous donors have supported scholarships through gifts to the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc. AACC's credit students can apply for these scholarships by completing just one online application.

In addition to completing the scholarship application, you must:

  • Make sure you have completed a FAFSA.
  • Make sure you have completed an AACC admissions application.
  • If you are a recent high school graduate, submit your final high school transcript to AACC's records and registration office.
  • If you are transferring to AACC, submit your official college transcript(s) from all previous colleges you have attended to AACC's records and registration office. Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope within one year of the date the transcript was printed. 
  • Access the AACC Scholarship Portal to complete the application.

Scholarships for Noncredit Students

Scholarships are available for some noncredit programs that earn a Workforce Training Certificate. AACC Foundation scholarships, CEWD Institutional scholarships and Maryland scholarships are available.

To apply for these scholarships, you must complete the CEWD Scholarship Application. Also, you are highly encouraged to complete your FAFSA. Access the AACC Scholarship Portal to complete the CEWD Scholarship Application.

If you have any questions, email

Steps To Apply

Step 1: Complete the AACC Foundation Scholarship Application

Access the AACC Scholarship Portal to complete the application.

You must use your MyAACC username and password to access the application.

  • If you currently have a MyAACC username and password, you can proceed with completing the application prior to registering for classes.
  • If you do not have a MyAACC username and password, you must register for classes first. You will be able to create a temporary username and password at the time of registration, and your official username and password will be emailed to you within an hour of your registration. Then you will be able to complete the AACC Foundation Scholarship Application.


Step 2: Register for all of the classes in your desired program

Go to the Register for Noncredit Classes webpage and follow the instructions under How to Register for Noncredit Classes.

  1. When it is time to choose a payment method, select other methods and then use the drop-down menu to select AACC Scholarship (Requires Scholarship Award Notice). Read through the acknowledgments and check off if you can attest to the bulleted list.
  2. Click continue checkout and you are done. You will see confirmation/notice of your registration. You do not have to upload any documentation. The financial aid office will send scholarship award information directly to CEWD.

Step 3: Make sure you have completed a FAFSA

In addition to completing the scholarship application, you are highly encouraged to complete a FAFSA

Be sure to list AACC as one of your schools using the AACC Federal School Code 002058.

AACC does not require financial documents related to verification of income to be submitted for students applying only for CEWD Institutional scholarships. You may be asked to provide documentation to verify your citizenship status.

If you have any questions regarding requests made by the financial aid office, email

Eligible Programs for:

Program Scholarships

To apply for these scholarships, you must complete the AACC Foundation Scholarship Application. Once complete, the applications for these specific programs will be made available to potentially eligible candidates.

In addition to scholarships, these programs offer mentoring, internship opportunities and other resources for students who receive these scholarships.

Cybersecurity, Networking and Digital Forensics

Entrepreneurial Studies

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? The Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship program includes an Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship, an Internship Scholarship, a Small Business Owner Scholarship and a Seed Fund award.

Learn more about the Philip E. And Carole R. Ratcliffe Scholarship.

Any credit or noncredit AACC student, regardless of their field of study, can take advantage of the services and resources of the Entrepreneurial Studies Institute program and scholarships.  

Homeland Security Management

To develop emerging leaders in global and national security from underrepresented groups and backgrounds, the Pallas Foundation has created a new scholarship program in homeland security for AACC students.

Learn more about the Pallas Foundation’s Adm. Mike Mullen Scholarship for National Security Leadership.


The Crosby Marketing Scholars Program creates greater opportunities for underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds to pursue degrees and future careers in the advertising and public relations fields.

Learn more about the Crosby Marketing Scholars Program.

Casino Dealer

AACC has announced a new dealer training scholarship, the Live! Casino & Hotel Scholarship, which provides full tuition scholarships to eligible new students.

Learn more about the Live! Casino & Hotel Scholarship.

Student Success Incentive Scholarships

AACC is committed to enhancing programs and services for students who are the first in their families to attend college, who need to build a foundation for success in college-level classes, and who are low income or an ethnic minority, to meet their academic goals. One of the objectives of Student Achievement and Success Program (SASP) is to enhance student success by identifying SASP students who meet the eligibility requirements and award them an incentive scholarship.

Student Achievement and Success Program Scholarship

First Year Experience Scholarship

Opportunities for High School Students

Eligible AACPS students who take classes while in high school will no longer be charged tuition and fees. Eligible AACPS affiliated home-schooled students or students that attend a partnering private school can take classes at a 25% discount.

Learn more about our Early College Access Program and paying for classes.

Opportunities for Maryland State Financial Aid

Students who wish to be considered for state aid must submit the FAFSA by March 1 each year.

Learn more about Maryland state grants and scholarships. 

Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program

To apply for the Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program, use the AACC Scholarship Portal. The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to certain students due to their eligible military or public safety service, or their eligible family or marital relationship to such an individual. 

Information About Accepting State Grants and Scholarships


The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) will begin evaluating information provided on the FAFSA or MSFAA after March 1. Emails will be sent directly to you from MHEC. Meeting all required deadlines is important to help secure any MHEC grants and scholarships.


The Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS) is the online system used for students to view the status of their potential state grants. In order to access this system, you must create an MDCAPS account by visiting the MDCAPS website

Once your account has been created you can view all required outstanding documents under Check Your Application Status. All documents must be submitted to MHEC by the required deadline as stated in the instructions.

Important tips:

  • MHEC strongly advises you to submit all requested documentation as soon as you receive the first notification.
  • Check your MDCAPS account regularly to view any changes, additional documentation or documents not received by MHEC.
  • Review each form to ensure all documents are completed accurately and all forms are completed in accordance with instructions outlined on the form.
  • Allow at least 14 business days for MHEC to process documents that have been submitted.
  • MSFAA applicants may not see the outstanding documents required in MDCAPS, however, they will be notified of all documents required by MHEC.


MHEC will notify you when they have awarded you a grant or scholarship. If you fail to accept the award(s) within the allotted time frame through MDCAPS, the award will be canceled and not reinstated.

MHEC and the AACC financial aid office are in constant communication with updates and changes to awards throughout the school year.

Financial aid will be disbursed after course start dates, drop deadlines and after attendance has been confirmed. You also must meet all eligibility requirements as notified by our office and the specific requirements for each award offer.

Opportunities for Transfer Students

If you plan to transfer to a four-year school, there are several transfer scholarships for which you may be eligible. If you are transferring to another school immediately, contact your new school’s financial aid and/or admissions office to learn what scholarships they may offer. Make sure you complete the FAFSA in addition to any scholarships you plan to apply for.

Learn more about Transfer Scholarships.

Outside Resources

There is a lot of money out there for students seeking help with college, but it’s up to you, the student, to find and apply for it. Start your scholarship search early and be aware of application requirements and deadlines. Talk to friends and family. Contact local clubs and community organizations. Learn how to spot potential fraud and identity theft. You can get started with the resources below.

Depending on the type and amount of the award, "need-based" aid may have to be adjusted if a student receives additional outside scholarships.


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Scholarship Application Deadlines

March 1
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If you are selected to receive an AACC scholarship, you will be notified by email to your MyAACC student email account.

Emergency Support

Learn more about the 
Helplink Grant and other available resources for students in crisis.