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December 2006 Press Release





As enrollment rises, competition for slots continues to be competitive


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 consideration.

"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


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