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MHEC One-App for Undocumented and DACA Maryland Students

The MHEC One-App allows qualified children of undocumented immigrants who qualify for in-state tuition under 15-106.8 of the MD Education Article, to apply for various state financial aid grants and scholarships including:

The Maryland Higher Education Commission has extended the Maryland financial aid deadline to submit the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the Howard P. Rawlings Educational Excellence Awards Program to June 1, 2024.

However, students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible to receive notification of their federal and institutional aid before the deposit deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

As an undocumented student, am I eligible for state financial aid?

Loyola University Maryland is a private institution so you may be eligible for assistance from various Maryland state financial aid programs including:

For more information about eligibility requirements for these programs, please visit the Maryland State Financial Aid Programs page.

Who should complete the MHEC One-App?

The MHEC One-App is available to applicants who are ineligible to receive federal aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

When can I apply?

The MHEC One-App  is available each year at the same time the FAFSA is available.

Where will the MHEC One-App be available?

The online application for the 2024-25 academic year is currently available through the Maryland College Aid Processing (MDCAPS) portal.

What is the difference between the FAFSA and the MHEC One-App?

Students should only complete one of the applications (not both) according to the requirements below:

You are eligible to complete the FAFSA if you are a:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Permanent resident
  • Eligible non-citizen
  • T visa holder

You are eligible to complete the MHEC One-App if you are:

  • Undocumented
  • Meeting the non-resident exemption as described under 15-106.8 of the MD Education Article
What should I do if I have already submitted a FAFSA before learning that I should have submitted an MHEC One-App?

You must complete the MHEC One-App through the Maryland College Aid Processing (MDCAPS) portal, as the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) will not be able to use the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for State financial aid.

Can I fill out the MHEC One-App if I don’t have a Social Security number?

Yes. Students are not required to have a Social Security number to submit the MHEC One-App. However, students will need to meet the non-resident exemption requirements as described under 15-106.8 of the MD Education Article to qualify for aid.

Am I required to register for Selective Service?

If you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25, in most cases you are required to register with the Selective Service System (SSS) and show proof of registration to MHEC before receiving state financial aid. 

You do not need to have a Social Security Number (SSN) to register for Selective Service. If you do not have a SSN, or have been issued a SSN through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, you can register for Selective Service by completing a paper Selective Service Registration form, which can be picked up at any U.S. Post Office or can be downloaded for print.

Do I have to wait until my parents or I file taxes?

Yes. Under §15–106.8. of the MD Education Article​​, the qualified children of undocumented immigrants must file taxes. The prior-prior-year tax information is used as noted below: 

Timing chart for MHEC One-App submission based on tax year
Date you plan to attend college Submit this MHEC One-App Timeframe to submit MHEC One-App Use this income and tax form
July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023​ 2022-2023 October 1, 202​1 - June 30, 2023 2020
July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024 2023 - 2024 October 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024​ 2021
July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025 2024 - 2025 January 2024 - June 30, 2025 2022
Will any of my information on the application be shared?

The Personally Identifiable Information (PII) provided on the MHEC One-App is confidential and used solely to determine eligibility for state financial aid. The PII will be disclosed only as required by law.

What if my parents live in another country and I do not live with them?

Students who are under the age of 24 as of December 31 of the award year and do not meet any other very limited criteria, are considered “Dependent” for financial aid purposes and therefore, must provide parental information. 

​One parent must sign your application, even if you do not live with your legal parents (your biological and/or adoptive parents). Widowed stepparents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, foster parents, siblings, or legal guardians are not considered your parent(s) for financial aid purposes, unless they have legally adopted you.

If you are unable to get your parent information, complete the application as much as you can and contact Loyola's financial aid office as soon as possible. The Financial Aid Office will evaluate your situation and inform you if we can override the need for parent information. MHEC does not have the authority to override dependency information. 

What happens after I complete the MHEC One-App?

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) will notify applicants in late April if they are awarded an Educational Assistance Grant or a Guaranteed Access Grant for the 2024-25 award year. Awarding for the other state grant/scholarship programs will occur in the summer and eligible applicants will be notified by email if they are awarded.

Loyola's Office of Financial Aid will notify you if you have been awarded the Part-Time Grant or Campus-Based Educational Assistance Grant.

MHEC encourages students to monitor the “Check Your Application Status Page” in MDCAPS to verify no additional information is required for any of the grant or scholarship programs you may have applied for. If additional information is needed, be sure to submit all required documents by the deadline. Note: MHEC communicates with all applicants by email; therefore, students are encouraged to provide an email address that they check frequently on any application for state financial aid.

Where can I find out more information?

Additional information about the MHEC One-App is available on the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) website.