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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 the 2018-2019 academic year and thereafter.

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 2017-2018 academic year in order to receive your full (non-prorated) renewal award for the 2018-2019 academic year and thereafter. If you successfully complete at least 24 credits but less than 30 credits at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, your award will be prorated (reduced) in the 2018-2019 academic year. Credits earned in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms of an award year all count towards the 30 credit requirement. 

Please note that your award for the 2018-2019 academic year will not be finalized until UMBC reports the total number of credits completed during the 2017-2018 academic year. The Office of the Registrar at UMBC requires faculty to report Summer Session 2018 grades by Tuesday, August 21, 2018, and transcripts to be updated by Thursday, August 23, 2018. UMBC will report Summer Session 2018 credits earned to MHEC immediately after this date so that award amount(s) may be finalized. You will be notified by MHEC once your credits have been reported and your 2018-2019 award eligibility has been finalized.

If you have questions about your award, please feel free to refer to the communication you received from MHEC, log in to your MDCAPS account or contact MHEC by telephone at 410-767-3300, or via e-mail at osfamail.mhec@maryland.gov.

Below are two charts which provide an estimate of what you may receive in the 2018-2019 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 $14,900
25 $15,500
26 $16,100
27 $16,700
28 $17,400
29 $18,000
30 or More $18,600

Estimated Award for Educational Assistance (EA) Grant Recipient
Completed Credits
Estimated Award Amount
23 or Less $0
24 $2,300
25 $2,400
26 $2,500
27 $2,600
28 $2,700
29 $2,800
30 or More $2,900