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Educational Assistance Grant & Guaranteed Access Grant

Summer Session 2019 Update: UMBC has reported Summer Session 2019 credits to MHEC. You will be notified by MHEC once your 2019-2020 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.

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 or MSFAA 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 2019-2020 academic year is $19,100. To be eligible for the GAG, a student must:

  • File the FAFSA or MSFAA 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.