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Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

Due to the availability of the Maryland Promise Program, HCC will no longer be awarding Promise Pathway funding. Students currently receiving Promise Pathway funding will continue to receive the funding as long as eligibility criteria is met.

The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship is a last dollar award that provides tuition assistance for eligible students to attend one of Maryland’s public community colleges in the county the student resides.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Maryland residents who completed a Maryland high school diploma or a Maryland GED within the last two years (on or after January 1, 2019).
  • Minimum unweighted 2.3 high school GPA.
  • Intent to complete a Maryland community college credit-bearing vocational certificate, credit-bearing certificate, an associate degree program, a sequence of credit or non-credit courses that leads to licensure or certification, or a registered apprenticeship program as a full-time student (at least 12 credits per semester).
  • Completion of the FAFSA by March 1st and the Maryland Promise application (Supporting Documentation) by June 15th. If ineligible to submit a FAFSA, students must qualify for in-state tuition.
  • If an applicant is single or resides in a single-parent household, their annual adjusted gross income (AGI) may not exceed $100,000. If an applicant is married or resides in a two-parent household, their annual AGI may not exceed $150,000.
  • Funding is determined by MHEC and based on financial need of all applicants.
  • Has not earned a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree.
  • Has not been awarded another educational grant or scholarship that covers the applicant’s full cost of attendance at the community college.

How soon can students become part of College Promise Programs?

  • Students become eligible within two years of graduation from high school or within two years of successfully completing a Maryland GED.
  • Funded students may remain funded through the completion of a degree or certificate program (as long as eligibility is maintained, applicants re-apply annually and funding is renewed by the state).
  • Maryland Promise requires an annual application.

How do you stay eligible?

  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in credit-bearing courses and satisfactory academic progress toward completion of non-credit courses or program.
  • Complete the FAFSA each year by March 1st and the Maryland Promise renewal/application (Supporting Documentation) by May 1.
  • Continue to meet financial need requirements. If ineligible to submit a FAFSA, students must qualify for in-state tuition.
  • Continuous full-time enrollment is required (at least 12 credits/semester).
  • Complete program of study within two years.
  • Remain eligible for in-state tuition.

What do you get (or how much aid do you receive)?

  • Maryland Promise awards range from $200 - $5,000 per recipient per year to assist with tuition and mandatory fees.
  • Initial awards will be provided to recipients on a first-come, first-served basis based on greatest demonstrated financial need among all Maryland applicants.

What do you give (or to what must you commit)?

  • Students who do not attend or satisfactorily complete classes will be discontinued from Maryland Promise; students receiving federal Pell grant aid may owe money back to HCC as a result of loss of financial aid and/or Maryland Promise funding.
  • Recipients are required to work full-time and pay Maryland state income tax for each year the recipient receives the award. Maryland Promise awards convert to loans if the recipient fails to fulfill this service obligation.
  • Recipients are required to maintain continuous full-time enrollment and complete a certificate or associate degree program within two years. Maryland Promise awards convert to loans (payable to the state) if the recipient fails to fulfill this obligation.

How do I apply?

  • Complete an Application for Admission to HCC, can be done as early as one year prior to attending HCC.
  • Complete the FAFSA by March 1st to determine financial need or complete separate State Application by March 1st for students ineligible to receive federal aid but eligible for in-state tuition.
  • • Regularly check your email used on the FAFSA and your HCC email for important updates or reminders about the Promise scholarship.
  • Register for classes by mid-May for your first fall semester classes.

How will I be notified?

  • Maryland Promise award recipients will be notified by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Recipients will be notified via email of updates or additional information requests. Be sure to regularly check the email that was used for your FAFSA and your HCC email. Additional information is available by visiting the Maryland Higher Education Commission website.


Contact the Maryland Higher Education Commission by visiting the Maryland Higher Education Commission website or contact HCC’s Student Financial Aid Office at or 240-500-2473.

The Maryland College Promise program requires completion of the FAFSA by March 1st. Complete the FAFSA at HCC’s school code is 002074. For best consideration, applicants are encouraged to file the FAFSA early, starting Oct. 1st of each year, and no later than March 1st of each year.