State Grant Assistance

Maryland State Financial Assistance Programs & Applications

Each year, the State of Maryland awards millions of dollars in student financial assistance programs, and the funds a student receives does not have to be repaid. The need-based grants and scholarships are available to eligible Maryland residents attending a public or independent institution of higher education. Grant and scholarship programs may have additional requirements.

A FAFSA completed by the March 1 deadline is required for consideration in the State of Maryland’s free financial aid opportunities. WAU awards the grants to students with demonstrated financial need. For more information about the State of Maryland’s financial aid programs, please visit http://www.mhec.maryland.gov/preparing/Pages/FinancialAid/descriptions.aspx.

Below is a list of Maryland student financial assistance programs available to Maryland residents attending WAU:

1. Need-Based Grants

Howard P. Rawlings Program of Educational Excellence Awards:

2. Legislative Scholarships

3. Career/occupation-Based Grants & Scholarships

4. Unique Populations

5. Maryland529 (formerly College Savings Plans of Maryland)

 

 

Fast Track to Finish

CREDIT COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Important Program Updates for Maryland Educational Assistance Grant (EAG) and Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant Recipients:

1. Recipients of the EA or GA awards must complete at least 30 credits by the end of the second academic year of enrollment and each academic year after that.

Students who are eligible for either the EA or GA grant must complete at least 30 credits per academic year, beginning in their sophomore year and after that, to receive full eligibility.

2. Credits earned in the fall, spring, summer semesters, all count towards the 30 credits.

3. If a student completed at least 24 credits but less than 30 credits at the end of the second academic year and each subsequent year, the student’s awards for either the EA or GA program will be prorated.

For example, a student who earns 24 credits, may expect their $3,000 EA grant to be adjusted by calculating 24/30 x $3,000 for a total award of $2,400.

Another example, a student who earns 24 credits in their second year of receiving the award may expect their $18,400 GA grant to be adjusted in the third year by calculating 24/30 x $18,400 for a total award of $14,720.

If a student’s award is prorated in the third year, eligibility for the full amount can be reestablished in the fourth year if the student successfully completes 30 credits during the year in which they received a prorated award.

If a student is ineligible to receive their award in the third year due to insufficient credits completed, eligibility can be reestablished in the fourth year if the student successfully completed at least 24 credits during the year in which they became ineligible. ​

For more information regarding the program changes for the EA and GA grant, stop by the Office of Student Financial Services or visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s website: 

http://mhec.maryland.gov/preparing/Pages/FinancialAid/EEAProgramChanges.aspx.

 

Questions?

For more information about financial aid at WAU, email finaid@wau.edu, or call 301.891.4005 or 1-800-835-4212 to speak to a Financial Aid Advisor.

Student Financial Services
Washington Adventist University
7600 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Email: finaid@wau.edu
Phone: 301-891-4005
Toll-Free: 800-835-4212
General Fax: 301.560.5364