Maryland’s Community College Promise program

A Recipient of Promise funding may defer the service obligation (work requirement) if:

  • If the recipient has earned at least 48 credits at their community college and then transfers to a 4-year institution to complete their degree;
    • At the 4-year institution (located in any state) enroll part-time (6-11 credits/semester) or full-time (≥12 credits/semester) in a credit-bearing course of study. This would defer the service requirement until after completion of the course of study at the 4-year institution.
  • On a temporary leave of absence, approved by their employer, for a period not to exceed 12 months;
  • Temporarily disabled, as determined by a licensed physician, in a manner that substantially impairs the recipient’s ability to perform the service obligation, for a period not to exceed 3 years;
  • Unable to maintain employment, for a period not to exceed 12 months, because the recipient must care for a spouse or child who is disabled;
  • Assigned military duty outside of the state, not to exceed 3 years without filing an appeal; or
  • Married to a spouse assigned military duty outside of the state, not to exceed 3 years without filing an appeal.

Note: Promise program information provided is current as of fall/winter 2019-2020. This information is provided as a guide to Promise program requirements, it should not be used as the exclusive source of information about the Promise program which is regulated by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).