MHEC “driving” message of filing FAFSAs around town
ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 9, 2008)
In tandem with the Maryland Transit Administration, the Maryland
Higher Education Commission has embarked on driving home the
message to students seeking financial aid for postsecondary
education to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid
All students who are seeking Maryland or Federal financial aid
must file their FAFSA forms. Maryland has a priority deadline
for filing the FAFSA by March 1st.
MHEC’s strategy is currently targeting Baltimore City, Baltimore
County and Howard County residents.
The bus advertisements are short and simple: “Need Money for
College?; Complete the FAFSA by March 1; Visit
The signs adorn 758 MTA buses.
“This is clearly an excellent example of working with other
state agencies to get a very important message out to our
students that they need to file their FAFSAs to be eligible for
financial aid,” Maryland Higher Education Secretary James E.
Lyons, Sr., said. “The Maryland Transit Administration is
providing a valuable public service and promoting a very
important message to students of all ages. The Maryland Higher
Education Commission is fortunate to have their assistance in
Last year, MHEC distributed almost $110 million in need-based,
merit-based and career/occupational financial aid to students
attending two-year and four-year public and independent colleges
and universities, and numerous private career schools.
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 325,000 college students in Maryland, for
the State and its needs, and for business and industry in