Financial aid is money that helps you pay for higher education.
Merit-based financial aid is aid given to students who have
special talents, skills, or who have earned good grades. Need-based
financial aid is given to students who demonstrate that they have
financial need. Financial aid can come in the form of grants,
work, student loans, parent loans, scholarships and other
Another way to learn more about financial aid programs offered by
the Maryland Higher Education Commission is to attend one of
the upcoming presentations listed on our "Money
for College" (also available in
Espanol) Events Calendar in addition to viewing the videos,
"You Can Afford College"
(or click the picture below) and
Money for College Video Series.
You may also order MHEC's
financial aid brochures for an overview of the State's
financial aid programs.
The Office of Student
Financial Assistance recognizes that in many cases students
freely exchange information about educational progress with
parents and other third parties. In order to facilitate that
process, a special release form has been developed that
allows OSFA personnel to share certain information about
student progress with parents and other third parties. This
form must be signed by the student and can
then be returned to the Office of Student Financial
This site has been designed to address your questions regarding
the financial aid process. The Office of Student Financial
Assistance is here to help you.