The Maryland Tuition Waiver for
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth is available to unaccompanied
homeless youth who are enrolled as a candidate for an associate, bachelor’s degree
or vocational certificate at a Maryland Public institution of higher education. The purpose of
the Tuition Waiver for
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth is to provide financial assistance to
unaccompanied homeless youth.
To be eligible for the Maryland Tuition Waiver for
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, a youth must:
- Be declared as an unaccompanied homeless youth who
is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian
- Be a homeless child or youth as defined by the
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act
defines homeless children as “individuals who lack fixed,
regular, and adequate nighttime residence.”
Examples of children who fall
under this definition are as follows:
Children and youth sharing housing
due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar
Children and youth living in
motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to
lack of alternative accommodations
Children and youth living in
emergency or transitional shelters
Children and youth abandoned in
Children and youth awaiting foster
Children and youth whose primary
nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular
sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)
Children and youth living in cars,
parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard
housing, bus or train stations
Migratory children and youth
living in any of the above situations
The financial aid
administrator must verify that the youth qualifies as an
independent student under the Federal College Cost and
Reduction & Access Act.
The tuition waiver provides exemption from paying
any tuition and mandatory fees at a Maryland public institution of higher education
The youth must:
Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by
March 1st of each year.
Be enrolled on or before he or she reaches the age of 25.
The youth continues to be exempt from paying tuition and fees until 5
years after first enrolling as a candidate for an
associate, bachelors, or a vocational certificate at a
Maryland public institution of higher education.
Be enrolled full time or part time for an associate, bachelors, or a
vocational certificate at a Maryland public institution
of higher education
Students are eligible to receive the
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Tuition Waiver for the
You are exempt from paying tuition and mandatory fees at a
public college in Maryland. The tuition waiver only applies
tuition and fees. If a foster care
recipient receives a scholarship or grant, the scholarship
or grant may not
be applied to the tuition for the foster care recipient.
Tuition is determined by the individual public institution
of higher education and includes cost for tuition,
registration fees as well as all fees that are required as a
condition of enrollment. Tuition
does not include room,
board, books, and transportation.
You must file the FAFSA by March 1 each year
to receive the
waiver for up to an additional four years or
until your Bachelors degree is awarded, whichever occurs
first. You must maintain the satisfactory academic progress
standards of the institution you will attend and remain enrolled
in an eligible program.
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