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Educational Assistance Grant & Guaranteed Access Grant

Update Friday 4/12/2019: MHEC will complete its first round of awarding to initial and renewal students in the EA and GA Grant Programs for the 2019-2020 academic year by May 1st. Renewal students eligible to receive the award in their third year and thereafter will not have their awards finalized for the 2019-2020 award year until UMBC reports the total number of credits earned during the 2018-2019 award year. Credit completion requirements and eligibility information are available at MHEC’s Fast Track to Finish site.

The Office of the Registrar at UMBC requires faculty to report Spring 2019 grades by Thursday, May 30, 2019, and transcripts to be updated by Friday, June 7, 2019. UMBC will report 2018-2019 credits earned to MHEC immediately after June 7th so that award amounts may be finalized.

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/MSFAA 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 2018-2019 academic year is $18,600. 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/MSFAA 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 April 1st.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

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