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The governor is to appropriate $15 million in FY20, and each year thereafter for Maryland Community College Promise Scholarships.

  1. The program begins 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Beginning 2019-2020 academic year, a community college may not increase the in-county tuition rate over the prior year by more than the higher of the increase in the three-year rolling average of the state’s median family income or four percent over the prior year tuition rate.
  • The above tuition cap sunsets in three years.
  • Tuition means “the basic instructional charge for courses offered” and includes fees for registration, application, administration, laboratory work and other mandatory fees.


  1. Student eligibility.
  • Students must apply annually to MHEC to receive a grant.
  • Must enroll within two years after graduation from a high school or successfully completing a GED in the state.
  • Has earned a high school GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Enrolls as a candidate for 1) a vocational certificate, 2) a certificate, or 3) an associate’s degree.
  • Has an annual adjusted gross income of not more than:
  • $100,000 if the applicant is single or resides in a single-parent household; or,
  • $150,000 if the applicant is married or resides in a two-parent household.
  • Must enroll full-time in at least 12 credits per semester.
  • May hold the award for three years after enrolling.


  1. This is a “last dollar” scholarship.
  • All other financial aid is to be calculated before this award is appropriated
  • Students must complete the FAFSA or any other applications for state or federal financial aid.
  • If ineligible to submit a FAFSA, the student must qualify for in-state tuition.

  1. Limitations of grant awards
  • $5,000 per recipient or actual tuition, whichever is less.
  • Initial awards are to be provided to recipients based on greatest demonstrated financial need.
  • Priority granted for awards in subsequent years to recipients who remain eligible.
  • Remains continuously enrolled.
  • Maintains a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Eligible applicants who did not receive an award shall be notified and placed on a waiting list.


  1. Service obligation
  • Maintains employment in the state for at least one year for each year that the scholarship was awarded.
  • Converts to a loan if recipient fails to fulfill the service obligation.
  • Address of recipient must match income tax returns.


  1. Penalty for non-compliance
  • The commission shall adopt regulations to implement the scholarship.
  • The regulations shall include the terms and conditions for repayment of any award that is converted to a loan.
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