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MHEC is experiencing a surge in students accessing our site which may impact your ability to use MD CAPS.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We realize that you want to accept your financial aid awards.  Please be aware that you have until June 3, 2011 to do so.  Times outside of usual business hours are often easier to log on. 

Keeping you informed of your status is important to us.

What is the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MD CAPS)?

MD CAPS is MHEC's comprehensive financial aid system that allows us to process State scholarship applications and allocate funds more efficiently using today's technology. It replaces our old Student Inquiry system.  To use MD CAPS, you must first create a Student Login Profile and then click the activation link in the message sent to your email account.  To create a profile, click the MD CAPS logo above or click https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us.  Next, click "Create a Student Login" located below the yellow [Login] button. 

If you are having trouble creating an MD CAPS profile and logging in, please review our instructions here: Help Creating a Student Login for MD CAPS or review our Frequently Asked Questions, found below.

What features does MD CAPS offer? 

  • Apply On-Line for certain scholarship programs 
  • Check your To Do List
  • Check your Application Status
  • See if MHEC has received your FAFSA
  • Accept or Decline Awards
  • Check Award and Payment Status
  • Transfer and Add Schools
  • Change Enrollment Status
  • Change Housing Status
  • Update Your Contact Information and more!

If you need assistance you may email the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) at osfamail@mhec.state.md.us or call OSFA Toll-Free at 1-800-974-1024 or 410-260-4565.

For answers to frequently asked questions, please click the link below.


Maryland Higher Education Commission

Office of Student Financial Assistance


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