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Educational Assistance Grant & Guaranteed Access Grant

Important MHEC Update:

Update Friday 4/27/2018: MHEC has recently completed its first round of awarding to initial and renewal students in the EA and GA Grant Programs for the 2018-2019 academic year. Renewal students eligible to receive the award in their third year and thereafter are currently in a “Qualified/Pending” status in MDCAPS. Their awards will not be finalized for the 2018-2019 academic year until UMBC reports the total number of credits earned during the 2017-2018 award year. Learn more here.

The Office of the Registrar at UMBC requires faculty to report Spring 2018 grades by Wednesday, May 30, 2018, and transcripts to be updated by Wednesday, June 6, 2018. UMBC will report 2017-2018 credits earned to MHEC immediately after this date so that award amount(s) may be finalized.

MHEC is in the process of e-mailing award notifications to students. Remember to log into MDCAPS to view your State awards.

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 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 2017-2018 academic year is $18,400. 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 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.