February 2010 Press
release: February 4, 2010 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
There's less than a month left before FAFSA filing deadline passes
Students seeking financial assistance from State must fill out form to
Annapolis, MD (February 4, 2010) - There is less than a month remaining before
the deadline passes for students seeking financial assistance from the Maryland
Higher Education Commission’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) to
file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
The application deadline is March 1, 2010.
“In these especially difficult economic times, it is essential that students who
are thinking about pursuing a postsecondary education file this important form,”
Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr., said.
Competition for financial assistance from Maryland is expected to especially
tight again this year. Last year OSFA received 20,000 more FAFSAs than it did in
Students can access the FAFSA form online at
For more information regarding Maryland financial assistance programs,
prospective student can access
www.mhec.state.md.us/financialAid/descriptions.asp. At that link, they will
be able to find a description of each program. Students may also e-mail OSFA for
more information at
Governor O’Malley has budgeted nearly $110 million in this year’s FY 2011 budget
for grants and scholarships to be administered by OSFA. During his time in
office, he has provided $333 million over the past four years to more than
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board
responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and
independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as
an advocate for more than 350,000 college students in Maryland, for the State
and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.