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The Maryland General Assembly recently passed new legislation, which was signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan, creating the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarships, a program to help eligible students afford community college.
While some have called this free college, that's not an accurate phrase. The basic elements are outlined below, and more detailed information will become available as the Maryland Higher Education Commission develops the regulations.
Pending approval of the $15 million appropriation required by law to fund the scholarship awards, the program is expected to begin in fall 2019.
Eligible applicants not receiving an award will be notified and placed on a waiting list.
All other financial aid must be calculated before the scholarship is awarded, and students must complete the FAFSA or any other applications for state or federal financial aid. If ineligible to submit a FAFSA, students must qualify for in-state tuition.
For those who qualify, scholarship awards are limited to $5,000 per recipient per year, or actual tuition (whichever is less). Tuition means the basic instructional charge for courses offered and includes mandatory fees. Initial tuition awards will be provided to recipients based on greatest financial need.
Students are required to maintain employment in Maryland for at least one year for each year the scholarship is awarded. Scholarships convert to loans if the recipient fails to fulfill the service obligation.
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Released: May 8, 2018
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