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What is MDCAPS?

What is the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS)?

MDCAPS is MHEC's comprehensive financial aid system that allows us to process State scholarship applications and allocate funds more efficiently using today's technology. To use MDCAPS, you must first create a student login profile.  The profile creation process will request an email address.  An activation link will be sent to the email address provided.  To get started with a profile, click the MDCAPS logo or use this link,  Next, click "Create a Student Login" located below the yellow [Login] button. 

If you are having trouble creating an MDCAPS profile and logging in, please review our instructions here: Help Creating a Student Login for MDCAPS or review our Frequently Asked Questions.

What features does MDCAPS offer? 

  • Apply On-Line for certain scholarship programs 
  • Check your To Do List
  • Check your Application Status
  • See if MHEC has received your FAFSA
  • Accept or Decline Awards
  • Check Award and Payment Status
  • Transfer and Add Schools
  • Change Enrollment Status
  • Change Housing Status
  • Send Help Requests to MHEC staff
  • Update Your Contact Information and more!

For questions about your financial aid application or award, please log into MD CAPS at and send us an email through your secure account.  On the homepage, click on the "Email Us" button at the top of the page. Check your "Inbox" on the homepage for a response from our staff.

For problems logging into your MDCAPS account, first read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the MDCAPS homepage at If you still cannot log in to your account, please email OSFA at


For answers to frequently asked questions, please click the link below.


Maryland Higher Education Commission

Office of Student Financial Assistance