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State Aid

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) offers a variety of grants and scholarships to students that are Maryland residents. These awards are based on merit and/or financial need and are in addition to aid awarded by a student’s institution. Students who wish to be considered for Maryland state aid must submit a FAFSA or MHEC One-App by March 1 st each year. While eligible students are considered for some types of Maryland aid upon FAFSA/MHEC One-App submission, there are other types of aid which require the MHEC One-App to be completed for certain career/occupational scholarships inside of their MDCAPS portal. The new MHEC One-App is new for 24-25 and helps to streamline the process for MD students when applying for certain types of State scholarships and grants.

MHEC Need-Based Grants

*Rawlings GA/EA Grant recipients are required to complete a certain amount of credits in order to qualify for a re-award. Please follow this link for additional information with regard to these requirements.

MHEC Legislative Scholarships

MHEC Career-Based Programs

MHEC Unique Populations Programs

MHEC Appeals

  • The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) at the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) understands that students experience special circumstances that may cause them to fail to meet certain requirements for receipt of state awards. Therefore, OSFA has developed an appeal process which allows students, in certain instances, to appeal for (re)consideration for their state award.
  • For more information, please see MHEC Appeals Process.

Washington, DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DC TAG)

The DC TAG program pays the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition, up to $10,000 annually at public colleges and universities. Funds are limited, so we strongly recommend you apply early.

Steps to apply:

  1. Review eligibility requirements.
  2. Complete the DC OneApp by June 30.
  3. Complete the FAFSA.
  4. Submit all DC OneApp supporting documentation requested.