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Educational Assistance Grant & Guaranteed Access Grant

Important MHEC Update:

MHEC has recently completed awarding for initial and renewal students in the EA and GA Grant Programs for the 2018-2019 academic year. MHEC is in the process of e-mailing award notifications to students. Remember to log into MDCAPS to view your State awards.

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 earned to MHEC immediately after this date so that award amount(s) may be finalized. Learn more about the credit completion requirements mandated by the College Affordability Act of 2016 here.

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.