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News Release, Maryland Higher Education Commission

Baltimore, MD – (February 24, 2020) – The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Secretary, Dr. James D. Fielder, announced that notifications have been sent to Maryland students who are potentially eligible for the 2020-2021 Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant and the Maryland Community College Promise (Promise) Scholarship.

Therefore, MHEC will hold a series of Document Drop-Off Events across Maryland during February and March. These events will allow students who are potentially eligible for the GA Grant and Promise Scholarship an opportunity to submit the required documentation needed to complete their financial aid applications on location, after meeting with MHEC staff, counselors, and college access professionals. Many students lose the opportunity to receive State financial aid each year because they fail to submit all of the required documentation. 

The GA Grant is a need-based financial aid program that provides up to $19,100 annually in financial assistance to eligible in-state students and the Promise Scholarship is a last-dollar award available to students who plan to enroll at one of Maryland’s 16 community colleges. 

To ensure MHEC helps as many students as possible before the April 1 and June 15 deadlines, the following Document Drop-Off Events are available to all students who have been notified that they are potentially eligible to receive the GA Grant or Promise Scholarship:

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • Institution: Harford Community College
  • Address: 401 Thomas Run Rd., Bel Air, MD 21015
  • Location: Darlington Hall, Room 202 
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020

  • Institution: Montgomery College – Rockville Campus
  • Address: 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850
  • Location: Mannakee Building 
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020

  • Institution: Anne Arundel Community College – West Campus
  • Address: 101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012
  • Location: Sun Building Student Union
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020

  • Institution: Prince George’s Community College 
  • Address: 301 Largo Rd, Largo, MD 20774
  • Location :10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

  • Institution: College of Southern MD
  • Address: 8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD 20646
  • Location: Business & Industry Building, Room 113
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020

  • Institution: Baltimore City Community College
  • Address: 2901 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215
  • Location: Mini Conference Center, Fine Arts Building 
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Students can find a list of their required documents by visiting their MDCAPS account and clicking on their “Check Application Status” at https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us/MDCAPS.

Students who cannot attend the Document Drop-Off Events can still submit their documents to MHEC by: April 1 for the GA Grant and June 15 for the Promise Scholarship, in one of the following ways:

By Mail:

Maryland Higher Education Commission

Ground Floor Suite
Office of Student Financial Assistance
6 North Liberty Street
Baltimore, MD  21201

or

By dropping them off at MHEC’s building:

The drop boxes are located in the lobbies at 6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 and 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. The drop box at the Baltimore Street entrance has 24-hour access.

Again, the Document Drop-Off events are for all students who have been notified that they are potentially eligible for the GA Grant or Promise Scholarship to ensure they submit ALL required documents by the established deadlines.

MHEC is the State of Maryland’s higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and private colleges and universities, and for-profit career schools. MHEC also administers State financial aid programs that positively impact Maryland students.


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...