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Maryland Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Waiver

Students who are declared as unaccompanied homeless youth and are not in the physical custody of their parent(s) may qualify for a tuition and fees waiver.

Circumstances may include:

  • Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
  • Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
  • Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters
    Children and youth abandoned in hospitals
  • Children and youth awaiting foster care placement
  • Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc.)
  • Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
  • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations

Further eligibility criteria include:

  • FAFSA completed for the upcoming school year
  • Enrolled on or before reaching the age of 25
  • Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (SAP)

Eligible students can utilize the waiver during any term (fall, winter, spring, summer). The waiver can be renewed for 4 years or a Bachelor’s degree is awarded, whichever comes first. Renewal eligibility requires the student remains meeting SAP standards, the FAFSA is completed for the upcoming school year, and the Financial Aid Administrator to verify continued eligibility under the program.

More information about the waiver program can be found on the Maryland Higher Education Commission website. Students who believe they may qualify for the waiver should contact our office to request consideration.