Credit Completion Requirements

During the 2016 Maryland Legislative Session, the College Affordability Act of 2016 (Chapters 689 and 690) was enacted to encourage on-time completion in the MHEC Howard P. Rawlings Educational Excellence Awards Program. This change directly impacts students receiving the Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant, Educational Assistance (EA) Grant, and/or Campus-Based Educational Assistance Grant (CB-EAG). Now, students who received an award for at least two years since the 2015-2016 academic year must meet certain Credit Completion Requirements in order to receive their renewal award for current and future academic years.

If you received either the GA, EA, and/or CB-EAG for two years since the 2015-2016 academic year, you are required to successfully complete at least 30 credits during the 2020-2021 academic year in order to receive your full (non-prorated) renewal award for the 2021-2022 academic year and thereafter. If you successfully complete at least 24 credits but less than 30 credits at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year, your award will be prorated (reduced) in the 2021-2022 academic year. Credits earned in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms of an award year all count towards the 30 credit requirement. Successfully completed courses are those in which a student received any grade higher than an “F.”

If you have questions about your award, please feel free to refer to the communication you received from MHEC. You may also log in to your MDCAPS account and send secure message to MHEC, contact MHEC by telephone at 410-767-3300 or contact MHEC via e-mail at

Below are two charts which provide an estimate of what you may receive in the 2021-2022 award year based on the number of credits completed. Please note that these award amounts have been estimated by MHEC:

Estimated Award for Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant Recipient
Completed Credits
Estimated Award Amount
23 or Less $0
24 $15,440
25 $16,083
26 $16,726
27 $17,370
28 $18,013
29 $18,656
30 or More $19,300

Estimated Award for Educational Assistance (EA) Grant Recipient
Completed Credits
Estimated Award Amount
23 or Less $0
24 $2,400
25 $2,500
26 $2,600
27 $2,700
28 $2,800
29 $2,900
30 or More $3,000