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College education that's within reach

With the Baltimore County and Maryland Community College Promise scholarship programs, college-ready, recent high school graduates can attend CCBC full time without the cost of tuition and fees.

What are they?

As “last dollar in scholarships,” the Baltimore County and Maryland Community College Promise scholarships cover tuition and mandatory fees for eligible students after applying all other financial awards—such as Pell grants, state aid and scholarships.

Awardees may apply the scholarships to a degree or credential sought at CCBC. Students still need to cover other costs such as books, transportation, supplies and materials.

How do I qualify?

Baltimore County College Promise Scholarship

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

  • Be a Baltimore County resident.
    • If dependent, parent(s) must be a legal resident of Maryland.
  • Be a 2015-2021 graduate of a public, parochial or private high school, home instruction program with a final, cumulative high school GPA of 2.3 or higher, be a GED recipient or a high school diploma recipient from an external diploma program.
    or
    Be a 2015-2021 graduate of a public, parochial or private high school, home instruction program, be a GED or a high school diploma recipient from an external diploma program and complete at least 3 credits at CCBC with a minimum 2.3 cumulative CCBC GPA.
  • Complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Have an adjusted gross household income of $150,000 or less based on submitted FAFSA application.
  • Enroll full-time (12 or more credits) each semester.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA while at CCBC.
Note: Students who do not meet the full time enrollment requirement due to a documented disability or final semester requirements for graduation should contact us for more information on submitting an appeal.

The deadline to submit the general application for the Spring 2021 semester was March 5, 2021. We are no longer accepting applications for the Spring 2021 semester.

Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

The Promise:

  • Is a need-based financial grant for eligible middle-income families, funded by the State of Maryland.
  • Pays up to $5,000 in tuition and mandatory fees for eligible students to enroll full-time at their local Maryland community college.
  • Is not available to all community college students.
  • Eligibility requirements are listed below.
  • Is a new program that’s recently expanded to include career training programs.

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

To be eligible:
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the planned year of enrollment no later than March 1.
  • Have an unweighted, cumulative high school GPA of 2.3 or higher by the end of first semester senior year, or at graduation.
  • Have a household income of:
    • $100,000, or less, if single or living in a single-parent household, or
    • $150,000, or less, if married or living in a two-parent household.
  • Be eligible for in-state tuition as determined by the community college
  • Not earned an associates or bachelors degree
  • Enroll full-time in at least 12 credits/billable hours at a Maryland community college 
    •  Note: “Full-time” is defined slightly differently for career training students. 
  • Eligibility does not guarantee award.
Non-Baltimore County residents who choose to attend CCBC must enroll in an approved MHEC Statewide program in order to receive Maryland Community College Promise funding.

How do I apply?

Baltimore County College Promise Scholarship

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

  • Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA
    • CCBC’s school code is 002063.
  • Complete General Application in AcademicWorks beginning March 29, 2021
  • Submit all required documentation to Financial Aid Office. Students can login to SIMON to view all requested documents under Financial Aid.
  • Submit an official final high school transcript or official report of GED passing scores to the Registrars Office.

Applications for the Fall 2021 semester will be accepted March 29, 2021 through October 15, 2021

Applications for the Spring 2022 semester will be accepted until March 4, 2022

Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

 To apply:

  • Submit the 2021-2022 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or MSFAA* (Maryland State Financial Aid Application) by March 1.
    • Students may submit the MSFAA* if ineligible to submit the FAFSA.
  • March 1 is the deadline to apply for the Community College Promise and several other Maryland college financial aid programs.
    • Submitting the FAFSA or MSFAA by March 1 means you will be considered for the Promise program as well as several other valuable financial aid programs.
  • List your community college on your FAFSA or MSFAA to ensure your application is considered for the Promise program.
    • The CCBC school code is 002063

*NOTE: The above MSFAA link connects to the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s (MHEC) FAQ page on the MSFAA. The FAQ page includes a link for users to set up a Maryland College Aid Processing (MDCAPS) account which is where the MSFAA form is located.


How will I be notified?

Baltimore County College Promise Scholarship

The CCBC Financial Aid office will let you know if you’re eligible for the Baltimore County College Promise scholarship via your CCBC email.

Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

Maryland Community College Promise scholarship award recipients will be notified by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

For more information, you may also see the 2021-2022 Maryland Community College Promise Application Cycle Timeline.

How do I maintain College Promise?

Baltimore County College Promise Scholarship

If pursuing an associate degree, you must:

  • File a Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) each year.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credits during fall and spring semesters).
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.3 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Maintain a household adjusted gross income of $150,000 or less.
  • Maintain Baltimore County Residency
    • If dependent, parent(s) must be a legal resident of Maryland.
  • Successfully complete degree within three years.

If seeking workforce licensure or certification (credit or non-credit), you must:

  • File a Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) each year.
  • Enroll full time and maintain continuous enrollment.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.3 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Maintain a household adjusted gross income of $150,000 or less.
  • Maintain Baltimore County Residency
    • If dependent, parent(s) must be a legal resident of Maryland.
  • Complete the credential within the prescribed timeline for the course/program requirements.

Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

A recipient of a Promise Scholarship is eligible for up to two years of a renewable award if the recipient continues to:
  • annually complete the FAFSA or MSFAA by March 1; 
  • remain eligible for in-state tuition
  • enroll in and complete either:
    • a sequence of credit or non-credit courses that leads to licensure or certification;
    • or 12 credits at the end of each semester in credit bearing programs
  • maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative college GPA if enrolled in a credit bearing program;
  • make satisfactory progress towards a vocational certificate, a certificate, or an associates degree;
  • participate in registered apprenticeship program; and
  • meet the income requirements.
Students who wish to appeal the full time enrollment requirement should refer to the MHEC appeal website for more information.

Promise fund recipients pursuing an academic degree at community college and planning to transfer and obtain a bachelor’s degree, may stay and earn their associate degree (usually 60 credits) before transferring, but they don’t have to. However, they do need to complete at least 48 credit hours at community college before transferring to a 4-year institution or they risk losing some of the benefits offered by the Promise program.

Who should I contact for more information?

Baltimore County College Promise Scholarship

Email: collegepromise@ccbcmd.edu
Phone: 443.840.2222

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Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

Website: https://mhec.maryland.gov
MD CAPS homepage: https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us

MD CAPS Login/Account Questions
Email: osfamail.mhec@Maryland.gov
Phone: 410.767.3300 or 800.974.0203

For more information, see the Maryland Community College Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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