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MD Higher Education Commission

Important MHEC Update:

Beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, changes to the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s (MHEC) Educational Assistance Grant (EAG) and Guaranteed Access Grant (GAG) programs may impact the award amounts that students receive. While these changes will not take effect until the 2018-2019 academic year, it is imperative that recipients of these funds review them now, as the number of credits earned during the 2017-2018 academic year may affect their award eligibility for the 2018-2019 award year. Learn more about these changes here.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is the State of Maryland’s higher education coordinating board, responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland’s public and private colleges and universities. MHEC administers a variety of statewide financial aid programs, including grants, scholarships, and tuition waivers, for Maryland residents attending two- or four-year public or private colleges/universities in Maryland.

Most MHEC awards are based on financial need and/or merit, and are awarded in addition to aid offered by the institution. Students who wish to be considered for MHEC programs must submit the FAFSA by March 1st each year. We have provided additional information about some of these awards here. For a full list of MHEC’s programs, deadlines, and any applicable separate application or eligibility requirements please visit their website.

MHEC begins their awarding process for the next academic year in late April. Eligible students are notified via e-mail to create an online MDCAPS account to view their award offer(s). Students must accept their award(s), submit any requested documents, and confirm/update their housing status and the institution that they plan to attend. Beginning in May, MHEC sends the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships weekly rosters listing students who have accepted their state award(s). This funding is then added to the student’s Financial Aid Inquiry in myUMBC.

The annual total dollar amount of all state awards may not exceed your Cost of Attendance (COA) or $19,000, whichever is less. MHEC may adjust or cancel your award(s) at any time during the year based on receipt of updated information. Information that may impact your eligibility for state awards includes your:

  • Housing status – on campus, off-campus, or with relatives
  • Enrollment status – full-time or less than full-time
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standing
  • Verification status/outcome – changes to your FAFSA due to conflicting data

It is your responsibility to respond promptly to any and all requests for additional information from UMBC’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and/or MHEC. Failure to do so may result in the adjustment or cancellation of some or all of your state award(s).