Any Maryland high school senior whose annual total family income is below 130 percent of the Federal poverty level is eligible to apply for a Guaranteed Access Grant. Awards are made by the total family income and high school grade point average. The grant value for attendance at Maryland independent colleges and universities is equivalent to the cost of tuition, fees, room and board at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Grant recipients must: be legal residents of Maryland, begin college within one year of completing high school, have successfully completed a college preparatory program and achieved an unweighted grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and be accepted for admission as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits per semester) in one of the eligible degree-granting institutions in the State of Maryland.
To be considered for a Guaranteed Access Grant, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. Students who are eligible will be contacted by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) via email with instructions on submitting additional required documents.
More specific information on financial assistance from the State of Maryland is available at www.mhec.state.md.us, 410-260-4500 or 800-974-0203.