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MHEC Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients

Offered by Maryland Higher Education Commission

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Aug 30, 2023
Multiple awards worth

Tuition & Fees

Grade level

College Students

Application deadline:

June 30, 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a college student in Maryland who has been in foster care? If so, you might be eligible to receive the MHEC Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients! The program is open to foster care youth pursuing an undergraduate or vocational degree at a Maryland public institution of higher education. The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is the state of Maryland’s board of education that grants financial assistance to foster care youth. Thus, they offer the MHEC Tuition Waiver to help former foster youth pursue higher education at a low cost.  If eligible, recipients will receive a tuition waiver, including tuition and registration fees at a public college in Maryland. If you are a foster care youth from Maryland looking to pursue a postsecondary degree, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

The program is open to students under the age of 25 enrolled full-time or part-time in an associate, bachelor's, or vocational program at a Maryland public institution of higher education. Applicants must have been placed or were in an out-of-home placement by the Maryland Department of Human Services, but we recommend checking the MHEC website for specific requirements. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

College Students


US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Other Category

Foster Care



Application information

To apply, students must contact the financial aid office at the college or university that they plan to attend, and submit the FAFSA or MSFAA by their respective deadlines (March 1st and June 30th).

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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Maryland Higher Education Commission at 410-767-3300.

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the MHEC Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients is renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.
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