Federal & State Grants

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The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid provides approximately $112 billion in financial aid to help pay for college or career school each year.

Grant funding is based on student financial need and does not have to be repaid. Find out what you qualify for by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Federal Grants

Federal grants are given to students after filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All of the following programs require you to complete your FAFSA. Detailed program information is also available at studentaid.gov.

When completing your FAFSA, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool can be helpful. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to pull tax information directly from the IRS database. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool should be used after tax returns for the previous year have been filed. For more information see the Financial Aid Application page or fafsa.gov.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is awarded based on exceptional needs as defined by the federal government. It is free money and does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree. The award amount depends on several factors including financial need, the cost of education at the school a student attends, and if you enroll full-time or part-time.

Congress Changes Time Length for Pell Grant Support

  • The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by a new federal law to be the equivalent of six years or twelve semesters 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%. For example, a student who has attended full-time for a full year will have received 100 percent of his scheduled award for that year. If this student receives payments for half-time attendance for the next full academic year (e.g., two semesters or three quarters), he will have received 50 percent of his scheduled award. At the end of the two years, this student’s “lifetime eligibility used” (LEU) is 150 percent.
  • The Department of Education keeps track of your LEU by adding up the percentages of Pell Grant received by the student received for each award year.
  • The law eliminated any grandfathering for this provision, and all students are affected. Once all past Pell Grant usage is totaled, any student whose LEU equals or exceeds 600 percent may not receive additional Pell Grant funds. If the LEU is more than 500 percent but less than 600 percent, the student may receive a Pell Grant for the next year but it will be less than a full award.
  • To learn more about Pell Grant limits and how your eligibility is calculated, see here.
  • The Department of Education will perform the tracking and notification functions associated with the Pell Grant limit. However, The Department of Education’s information will be only as up-to-date as reporting timeframes allow- students whose LEU is very close to the maximum limit will be carefully monitored.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSOG)

The FSOG is awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. The federal government requires priority in awarding these funds be given to those who are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant, and is subject to fund availability.

Maryland State Grants & Scholarships

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) sponsors numerous grant and scholarship programs for Maryland residents. The State of Maryland offers an online inquiry system that allows students to view the status of their financial aid application and/or award information. If you have an award from another state, be sure you follow their instructions to insure that you actually receive the funds. The programs available from the State of Maryland include:

Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant and Partnership Program (GAPP)

GA is available to individuals who have obtained a General Educational Development Diploma (GED) and are under the age of 26, or current high school seniors who will complete a college preparatory program with a minimum, cumulative, unweighted 2.5 high school GPA. Applicants must enroll at a Maryland college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student; meet certain income requirements, and complete the FAFSA. Applications received after March 1 will not be considered . To renew an award, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress, successfully complete 24-30 credits, submit the FAFSA by March 1, and continue to demonstrate financial need. For full details, please visit the state website.

Stevenson University will provide recipients of the GA grant with a matching grant, up to the full amount of Stevenson’s tuition and fees. As we are unable to award more than the full amount of tuition and fees, please note that the matching funds may include the Stevenson awards already received.

Howard P. Rawlings Educational Assistance Grant Program

The Howard P. Rawlings Educational Assistance Grant Program is open to current high school seniors and full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates by completing the FAFSA by March 1. Students and their parents (if you are dependent) must be Maryland residents. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time status. Late applicants are placed on a wait list. Annual awards ranging from $400 to $3,000 may be renewed annually if the students maintains satisfactory academic progress, completes the FAFSA by March 1, and continues to show financial need.

Delegate Scholarship Program

The Delegate Scholarship Program is open to current high school seniors and students enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking, undergraduate or graduate program. Applicants must complete the FAFSA by March 1 and contact their delegates in February for further instructions. The Office of Student Financial Assistance can provide a list of all state legislators. Learn more.

Senatorial Scholarship Program

The Senatorial Scholarship Program is open to current high school seniors and students enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking, undergraduate or graduate program. Applicants must complete the FAFSA by March 1 and contact their senator in February for further instructions. The Office of Student Financial Assistance can provide a list of all state legislators. Learn more.

Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program

The Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant 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, and public service. Current high school seniors, full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution may apply for this grant. Please refer to the State’s website to view a list of eligible majors. To apply, you must complete the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Application online and submit official transcripts from all institutions you have ever attended. To be considered based on need, students must file the FAFSA for the application year. The FAFSA is not required; however, it will be used to determine the order in which students will be awarded.

Part-Time Grant

The Part-Time Grant is a need-based grant is available to students enrolled part-time (6 to 11 credits) in a degree-seeking, traditional undergraduate program. For consideration, applicants must file the FAFSA by February 15.

Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program & Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Page

This scholarship is available to current high school seniors, full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduates and graduate students. All majors are eligible. You must be a Maryland resident at the time of the application. You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university, as a full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student or attend a private career school.

You must be the son, daughter, or the surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a member of the United States Armed Forces, was a POW/MIA in the Vietnam era, or was a state or local public safety or volunteer and who died or was significantly disabled in the 9-11 terrorist attack, in the Vietnam Conflict, or suffered a service related disability. Some other persons and veterans may also be eligible. The award is not based on need.

How to apply

  • New and renewal applicants to the program must contact their college’s financial aid office for application instructions. Do not submit any applications or document to MHEC. Apply by July 15 to your institution
  • For complete eligibility requirements, award amounts, and additional conditions, go to the MHEC website.

A detailed list of all State of Maryland financial aid assistance programs and applications is available at www.mhec.state.md.us. State financial aid assistance is based on availability of funds.

Out-of-State Grants

Information about grants and financial aid programs for residents of other states can be found here. Please select the link for “US State Government Aid.”


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