How can I check the status of a students award?
You may check the status of a students award by going
to our website, www.mhec.state.md.us, where you can view
a students information. This information is updated
immediately when the OSFA makes any changes. Click on Financial
Aid, and then click on On-Line Student Inquiry. You will
need the students social security number, date of
birth, and zip code. You may view a students awards
for the year, and view the status of a students application.
Can students hold multiple scholarships and grants from OSFA?
Yes. Students may hold any state scholarship or grant with
any other state scholarship or grant. There is no longer
a statutory prohibition (previously, a student could not
hold an EAG with a Senatorial Scholarship). Students may
hold any scholarships and grants together, as long as the
students meet the conditions of each individual scholarship
Remember, the student must meet the conditions of the individual
scholarships and grants. Therefore, a student who is receiving
a State Nursing Scholarship and a William Donald Schaefer Scholarship
must be both in a nursing program AND agree to work in
Students who hold multiple scholarships and grants that
have a service obligation must fulfill the terms of each
service obligation, and must do so consecutively (not at
the same time).
How does the Foster Care tuition waiver work?
Foster Care tuition waiver is for students attending a
public institution in the State of Maryland. Foster
Care Recipient means an individual who was placed
in a foster care home by the Maryland Department of Human
Resources and 1) resided in a foster care home in the State
at the time the individual graduated from high school or
successfully completed a general equivalency development
examination (GED); or 2) Resided in a foster care home in
the State on the individuals 14th birthday, and was
adopted out of a foster care home after the individuals
Tuition means the charges that the public institution charges
the student for enrollment at the institution. Tuition includes
charges for registration and all fees required as a condition
of enrollment (mandatory fees).
A foster care recipient is exempt from paying tuition at
a public institution of higher education if 1) the foster
care recipient is enrolled at the institution on or before
the date that the foster care recipient reaches the age
of 21 years; 2) the foster care recipient is enrolled as
a candidate for an Associates degree or a Bachelors
degree; and 3) the foster care recipient filed a FAFSA by
The foster care recipient may not be required to pay the
difference between the amount of any scholarships or grants
that he receives and the amount of the tuition. If the student
receives a Pell Grant and no other grant/scholarship aid,
and the Pell Grant does not cover the entire cost of tuition,
then the difference between the Pell Grant and the tuition
shall be covered with a tuition waiver. If the grants/scholarships
cover the cost of tuition, then the student is ineligible
for the tuition waiver.
For any questions about which students are eligible for the
tuition waiver, please call Gail Fulton, from the Department
of Human Resources, at (410) 767-7634. Lists of eligible recipients
are published in July and January each year. The OSFA will
forward the lists to each college financial aid office as
we receive them.