Qualified children of undocumented immigrants who are eligible for in-state tuition under 15-106.8 of the MD Education Article are eligible to apply for various state financial aid grants and scholarships including:
- Educational Assistance Grant
- Guaranteed Access Grant
- Campus-Based Educational Assistance Grant
- Part-Time Grant
- Delegate Scholarship(s)
- Senatorial Scholarship(s)
- Near Completer Grant
- Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship
Who should complete the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA)?
The MSFAA is available to applicants who are ineligible to receive federal aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The MSFAA allows qualified children of undocumented immigrants, who qualify for in-state tuition under 15-106.8 of the MD Education Article, to apply and be considered for certain types of State need-based financial aid, such as the: Howard P. Rawlings Educational Excellence Awards Program, the Part-Time Grant, the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship, and the Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship.
When will the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) be available?
The online application will be available through the Maryland College Aid Processing (MDCAPS) portal beginning November 1st. Applications must be completed by March 1st for consideration.
What is the difference between the FAFSA and the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA)?
Students should only complete one of the applications (not both) according to the requirements below:
- You are eligible to complete the FAFSA if you are a:
- US Citizen
- Permanent Resident
- Eligible non-citizen
- T Visa holder
- You are eligible to complete the MSFAA if you are:
- Meeting the non-resident exemption as described under 15-106.8 of the MD Education Article
What should I do if I have already submitted a FAFSA before learning that I should have submitted a Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA)?
You must complete the MSFAA through the Maryland College Aid Processing (MDCAPS) portal, as MHEC will not be able to use the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for State financial aid.
Can I fill out the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) if I don’t have a Social Security Number?
Yes. Students are not required to have a Social Security Number to submit the MSFAA. However, students will need to meet the non-resident exemption requirements as described under 15-106.8 of the MD Education Article to qualify for aid.
Will any of my information on the application be shared?
The personally identifiable information (PII) provided on the MSFAA is confidential and used solely to determine eligibility for State financial aid. the PII will be disclosed only as required by law.
What happens after I complete the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA)?
The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) will notify applicants in late April if they are awarded an Educational Assistance Grant or a Guaranteed Access Grant for the 2023-2024 award year. Awarding for the other State grant/scholarship programs will occur in the summer and eligible applicants will be notified by e-mail if they are awarded.
MHEC encourages students to monitor their “To Do List” in MDCAPS to verify no additional information is required for any of the grant or scholarship programs you may have applied for. If additional information is needed, be sure to submit all required documents by the deadline. Note: MHEC communicates with all applicants by email; therefore, students are encouraged to provide an e-mail address that they check frequently on any application for State financial aid.
Where can I find out more information?
Additional information about the MSFAA is available here.