Promise Scholarship

College is more affordable than you think! The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship may allow you to attend Wor-Wic tuition free!

Recent high school graduates and GED completers can take advantage of this state scholarship that provides up to $5,000 in annual tuition assistance for eligible students.
Initial Eligibility Criteria (2020-21 Academic Year)

An applicant may be eligible for the Promise scholarship if the applicant:

  • Graduated from a Maryland high school on/after January 1, 2019 or completed a Maryland GED within two years of enrolling at Wor-Wic
  • Earned an unweighted high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale at the end of the first semester of 12th grade or passed the Maryland GED examination before July 31, 2020
  • Enrolled in a certificate or associate degree program for at least 12 credit hours per term
  • Has been determined eligible for in-state tuition by Wor-Wic
  • Has an adjusted gross income of no more than $100,000 for a single (independent) student or single-parent (dependent student) household or $150,000 for a married (independent) student or two-parent (dependent student) household for the 2018 tax year
  • Has not earned an associate or bachelor’s degree
Renewal Eligibility Criteria (2020-21 Academic Year)
A Promise scholarship recipient may be eligible to continue receiving the scholarship if the student:
  • Continues to meet income requirements
  • Continues to enroll in and complete at least 12 credit hours per term
  • Maintains a 2.5 GPA
  • Meets satisfactory academic progress toward a certificate or associate degree
  • Continues to be eligible for in-state tuition as determined by Wor-Wic
  • Has not exceeded three years or graduated from a certificate or associate degree program
How to Apply and Application Deadlines
All Promise applicants must submit a 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020.

In limited circumstances in which a student is eligible for in-state tuition, but is ineligible for Federal student aid, the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) must be completed online using MDCAPS (the online processing system of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) between October 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020.

Documentation that is requested by Wor-Wic and/or by MHEC must be received no later than the deadline of May 1, 2020 (renewal applications) or June 15, 2020 (initial applications).
Award Information
  • The annual award maximum is the lesser of $5,000 or actual tuition/fees; the annual minimum is $100/term or $200/academic year
  • MHEC will notify the student that the award offer has been made. The award offer must be accepted by the student on MDCAPS within six weeks of the date that MHEC notifies the student
  • The Promise scholarship will cover tuition and fee costs that are not covered by another grant or scholarship
  • The Promise scholarship is contingent on Maryland state funding and is prioritized based on greatest demonstrated need
Conditions and Service Obligation
Students accepting the Promise scholarship will complete a promissory note requiring them to:
  • Complete the certificate or associate degree or earn at least 48 credits while enrolled at Wor-Wic
  • Start full-time employment within one year after completion of the certificate or degree
  • Reside in Maryland and use a Maryland address on the student’s Maryland state income tax return for at least one year for each year that the scholarship was awarded
  • Maintain full-time employment for at least one year for each year that the scholarship was awarded
If a student fails to fulfill the service obligation and secure employment, the award will convert into a loan payable to the State of Maryland.
MHEC's Promise Website and MDCAPS
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. For the most up-to-date information regarding the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship, please visit the MHEC website.

To complete a MSFAA or check your To Do list from MHEC, please visit the MDCAPS website
Interested in enrolling in a sequence of non-credit courses that lead to licensure or certification?
The Promise Scholarship is also available for these programs. More information can be found at the MHEC website.

Don't Qualify? Other Resources are Available

Don't qualify for the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship? There are many other resources that can help you attend for no cost or that can help you pay for part of your education.

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