MHEC URGES SENIORS TO APPLY NOW FOR
As enrollment rises, competition for slots continues to
Annapolis, MD (December 11, 2006) -- With Maryland recording
more than 319,500 enrollments last fall, its highest in
history and with continued growth expected for fall 2007,
the Maryland Higher Education Commission encourages
Maryland’s college-bound students to apply as soon as
possible for admission and financial aid to ensure full
"The earlier students apply for admission, the better,” said
Dr. Calvin W. Burnett, Secretary of Higher Education. “We
are anticipating increased competition for college
admissions and for financial aid programs that are awarded
on a first-come, first-served basis.”
The college admission process varies from institution to
institution, but the federal financial aid process always
begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
This form determines whether a student qualifies for
need-based, federal aid -- like the Pell Grant and the
subsidized Stafford loan program -- or for Maryland’s
need-based financial aid programs. The FAFSA is available
online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or on paper, which can be found
at libraries, high school guidance offices or through
college financial aid offices. For both admissions and
financial aid applications, be sure to know the deadlines.
Contact each institution now to determine their deadlines,
as some may be early.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission produces the
Student Guide to Higher Education and Financial Aid in
Maryland, which includes a thumbnail sketch of all of
Maryland’s colleges and universities, along with an overview
of all of Maryland’s state grants and scholarships.
This year, the Office of Student Financial Assistance of the
Maryland Higher Education Commission will award almost $110
million in financial aid to Maryland students.
For more information about financial aid in Maryland, visit
MHEC online at www.mhec.state.md.us or via the telephone at
1-800-974-1024 or 410-260-4565