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  • What is MDCAPS?

    MDCAPS is a comprehensive financial aid system that allows the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to process State scholarship applications and allocate funds more efficiently using today's technology. 

  • Guaranteed Access Grant - $17,900

    Eligibility:

    2.5 cumulative GPA
    Meet income requirements
    Application method: indicate a Maryland school in FAFSA
    The Maryland institutions that are participating include: Capitol Technology University, Goucher College, Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, McDaniel College, Mount St. Mary's University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Stevenson University, St. John's College, Washington Adventist University, and Washington College. 

  • Educational Assistance Grant: $400 - $3,000

    Eligibility: 

    Meet income requirements
    Who may apply: Current high school seniors and full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates.
    How to apply: Indicate a Maryland school in FAFSA


  • Submit FAFSA

    Apply Now!

    You must at least indicate 1 Maryland school in your FAFSA. 

  • Create MHEC Account

    https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us

  • Check Your E-mail!

    You will be notified via e-mail if you have been awarded aid. You have 2 weeks to accept the award on your MHEC account. 

  • Senatorial Scholarships

    Who may apply: Current high school seniors and full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Students attending a private career school may also apply. 


    How to apply: Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If your senator makes his/her own awards, you must call or write to your legislator for further instructions. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OFSA) can provide a list of all State legislators.

    Award Amount
    2016-2017 Award Minimum: $400
    2016-2017 Award Maximum: $11,250
    If you do not know how to contact your state senator or delegates, go to http://www.mdelect.net/ or call the Board of Supervisors of Elections for your county. 

  • Delegate Scholarships

    How to apply: If your delegates make their own awards, you can call or write them for further instructions. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OFSA) can provide a list of all State legislators. Some delegates ask OFSA to make awards for them. These awards are made on the basis of need as demonstrated on the FAFSA. If a delegate asks OFSA to make the awards, students must complete and file the FAFSA.

    Award Amount
    2016-2017 Award Minimum: $200
    2016-2017 Award Maximum: $11,250
    If you do not know how to contact your state senator or delegates, go to http://www.mdelect.net/ or call the Board of Supervisors of Elections for your county. 

  • Need to print MDCAPS forms?

    Guaranteed  Access Grant Checklist


    1. Completed FAFSA (No need to send to MHEC. It will send automatically as long as you indicate a Maryland school in your FAFSA). 
    2. Dependent Student Verification Form (Send to MHEC): Print at www.bpi.edu/scholarships
    3. Parent Form(s): W-2 or 1099 (Send to MHEC). Students must also send their W2 if they worked in 2015. YouthWorks is considered as employment. Students can attain a copy of their W2 from YouthWorks by calling 410-396-3752 or 410-396-3759; or by visiting 401 E. Fayette St., 8th Floor. Identification required. 
    4. Parent IRS Tax Return Transcript (Must complete if you did not use IRS retrieval tool in FAFSA. Download the IRS Non-Tax Filer Statement and check "RETURN TRANSCRIPT").
    5. IRS Non-Tax Filer Statement: Student, Parent, Spouse (Complete form at www.bpi.edu/scholarships. Send to IRS then forward IRS confirmation to MHEC).
    6. Low Income Form: Download www.bpi.edu/scholarships, send to MHEC

    Students are responsible for items 1-6. We will send the items below as long as you submit the Counselor Certification Form to your School Counselor.  

    7. Official High School Transcript & Mid-Year Grades
    8. GA High School Counselor Certification Form

    Maryland Higher Education Commission
    Office of Student Financial Assistance
    6 N. Liberty St, Ground Suite
    Baltimore, MD 21201