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    MHEC Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients

    Offered by Maryland Higher Education Commission

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

    Tuition & Fees

    Grade level

    College Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    June 2025

    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


    U.S. 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

    Is this scholarship open to international students?

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

    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.

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