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Educational Assistance Grant & Guaranteed Access Grant

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.

Educational Assistance Grant

The Educational Assistance Grant (EAG) is a need-based program. Annual award amounts range from $400 to $3,000 and are determined by student need. To be eligible for the EAG, a student must:

  • File the FAFSA by March 1st each year.
  • Be a Maryland resident. (If you are a dependent student, your parent(s) must also have Maryland residency.)
  • Enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate student.
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA and MHEC.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

More information about the EAG program, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, can be found here.

Guaranteed Access Grant

The Guaranteed Access Grant (GAG) is a need-based program. The maximum award amount for the 2017-2018 academic year is $18,400. To be eligible for the GAG, a student must:

  • File the FAFSA by March 1st each year.
  • Be a Maryland resident (If you are a dependent student, your parent(s) must also have Maryland residency.)
  • Enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate student.
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA and MHEC.
  • Have a minimum, unweighted cumulative 2.5 high school grade point average (GPA).
  • Meet certain family income requirements as set forth by MHEC.
  • Submit all additional documentation required for final consideration for the GAG to MHEC by July 1st.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

More information about the GAG program, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, can be found here.