TUITION WAIVER FOR UNACCOMPANIED HOMELESS YOUTH
The Maryland Tuition Waiver for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth is available to unaccompanied homeless youth who are enrolled as a candidate for an associate, bachelor’s degree or vocational certificate at a Maryland Public institution of higher education. The purpose of the Tuition Waiver for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth is to provide financial assistance to unaccompanied homeless youth.
To be eligible for the Maryland Tuition Waiver for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, a youth must:
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.”
Examples of children who fall under this definition are as follows:
The financial aid
administrator must verify that the youth
qualifies as an independent student
under the Federal College Cost and
Reduction & Access Act.
The tuition waiver provides exemption from paying any tuition and mandatory fees at a Maryland public institution of higher education
The youth must:
You are exempt from paying tuition and
mandatory fees at a public college in
Maryland. The tuition waiver only
applies to tuition
and fees. If a foster care
recipient receives a scholarship or
grant, the scholarship or grant may not be
applied to the tuition for the foster
RENEWING AN AWARD
You must file the FAFSA by March 1 each year to receive the waiver for up to an additional four years or until your Bachelor’s degree is awarded, whichever occurs first. You must maintain the satisfactory academic progress standards of the institution you will attend and remain enrolled in an eligible program.