The first step to applying for grants from the federal government and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is to complete a FAFSA.
For full consideration for state grants and scholarships, complete your FAFSA by March 1 each year. If you file past the March 1 deadline, you will still be considered for federal financial aid opportunities.
Apply online at studentaid.gov. AACC’s Federal School Code is 002058.
Students must meet all general eligibility requirements and the specific requirements for each award offer.
Federal Pell Grants can help fund full- and part-time students who have not previously earned a bachelor’s degree. Pell Grants can provide a foundation of financial aid to which aid from other sources may be added.
The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.
Eligibility and award amounts are based on each student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Payment amounts also vary based on each student's level of enrollment (quarter time, half time, three-quarters time and full time).
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) provides supplemental funds to students with exceptional need, with priority given to Federal Pell Grant recipients.
Exceptional need is defined as the lowest EFC and remaining need per federal-need-analysis methodology. Because FSEOG funds are limited, students should apply by completing their FAFSA as early as possible for consideration.
Students must be enrolled and have not previously earned a bachelor’s degree or first professional degree. Funding is prorated based on enrollment for full- and part-time students.
Students who wish to be considered for state aid must submit the FAFSA by March 1 each year. You must meet all general eligibility requirements and the specific requirements for each award offer.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) awards a variety of grants and scholarships to Maryland residents attending Maryland colleges and universities. Criteria is varied for each type of grant or scholarship that is offered.
For a full list of programs, deadlines, separate application and eligibility requirements, visit the MHEC website.
As of the 2016 legislative session, the Educational Assistance and Guaranteed Access Grants requires you to complete 30 credit hours by the end of your second academic year. Certificate students are not eligible to receive the Educational Assistance Grants.
The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship provides up to $5,000 in tuition assistance per year for eligible students who attend a Maryland community college. As a “last dollar” scholarship, it covers remaining tuition and fees after other federal and state financial aid has been applied.
AACC awards these state grants based on financial need. You must be pursuing an associate degree, taking 3 to 11 credits per term and be a Maryland resident. Certificate students are not eligible.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission outlines guidelines for the Delegate and Senatorial Scholarship programs in which state delegates award scholarships to students who permanently reside within their legislative district.
Please confirm your elected representative before applying. Applying to the incorrect office may result in missed deadlines and opportunities for an award.
The purpose of the Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program is to provide student financial assistance to certain individuals due to their eligible military or public safety service or their eligible family or marital relationship to such an individual.
The purpose of the Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program is to provide student financial assistance to eligible children and surviving spouses of school employees who, as a victim in an act of violence occurring in the line of duty, either died or sustained an injury that rendered the school employee 100% disabled.
Applications are available on the AACC Scholarship page.
The Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) is available to applicants who are ineligible to receive federal aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The MSFAA allows qualified children of undocumented immigrants, who qualify for in-state tuition under under 15–106.8. of the Maryland Education Article to apply and be considered for certain types of Maryland state need-based financial aid. Review the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) User Guide.
For a list of FAQs, visit the FAQ page at Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA).
1. CHECK YOUR MAIL/EMAIL FOR NOTIFICATIONS FROM MHEC
The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) will start evaluating information provided on the FAFSA or MSFAA after March 1. Emails will be sent directly to you from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Meeting all required deadlines is important to help secure any grants and scholarships from MHEC.
2. CREATE AN MDCAPS ACCOUNT
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.
3. IF AWARDED, YOU MUST ACCEPT YOUR AWARD
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.
If you have questions about your award, refer to the communications you received from MHEC. You can log in to your MDCAPS account and send secure message to MHEC with any questions.
Financial aid, including grants and scholarships, 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.