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CHARLES W. RILEY FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL
SERVICES TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

2014-2015 Application Available Now
(for reimbursement for the 2013-2014 academic year)

IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT THE CHARLES W. RILEY FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM (in red)

Due to legislation passed in 2013, the Charles W. Riley Fire and Emergency Medical Services Tuition Reimbursement Program will convert to a scholarship program beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year.

Please note that July 1, 2014 is the deadline to submit an application for this reimbursement program (for reimbursement of tuition paid for courses taken during the 2013-14 academic year).  We cannot accept applications after July 1, 2014.  Additionally, if you intend on taking qualifying courses during the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year, please note that you will not be able to submit an application for reimbursement for tuition you paid for 2014-2015. 

MHEC is currently working on developing an on-line application process for what will be known as the new Charles W. Riley Firefighter and Ambulance and Rescue Squad Member Scholarship Program.  This new program application will be available on-line in January, 2015 and must be completed by March 1, 2015 for those applicants that plan on enrolling in a qualifying program during the 2015-2016 academic year.

As a result of the above changes, funds will not be available under either the current reimbursement program or the new scholarship program for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Who may apply: Active career or volunteer firefighters, ambulance or rescue squad members.

How to apply: Complete and file a Charles W. Riley Fire and Emergency Medical Services Tuition Reimbursement application online

When to apply: By July 1

Eligible majors: Fire service technology and emergency medical technology.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

You must be an active career or volunteer firefighter, ambulance or rescue squad member. You must serve a Maryland community while you take college courses and continue to serve for another year after you complete the courses.  You must attend a Maryland institution and enroll in a degree or certificate program in either fire service technology or emergency medical technology.  You must be a Maryland resident to apply for this program.

AWARD AMOUNT

You will receive the actual dollar amount of tuition charges you have paid. Applicants must receive at least a grade of "C" or better in any course specifically required for program completion.  The amount of the award may not exceed the equivalent annual tuition of a resident undergraduate student at the four-year public institution within the University System of Maryland, other than the University of Maryland University College and University  of Maryland, Baltimore, with the highest annual expense for a full-time resident undergraduate.  Room and board and mandatory or optional fees are not reimbursed.

Funds may not be available to award all eligible applicants.

RENEWING AN AWARD

Awards are not automatically renewed.  Students must reapply for the award each year.

SERVICE OBLIGATION

You must agree to serve a Maryland community as a career or volunteer firefighter or ambulance and rescue squad member while you take college courses. You must continue to serve for one year after you complete the courses. If you hold this scholarship with any other award requiring a service obligation, you must perform your service in consecutive years.

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