Maryland’s Community College Promise program
Eligibility requirements – first time applicants –

  • Enroll full-time 1 at a Maryland community college within two years after high school graduation or GED completion.
  • Apply for Promise funding no later than March 1st of planned college enrollment year.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher at the end of first semester of senior year.
  • Have a household income of:
    • $100,000, or less, if single or living in a single-parent household, or
    • $150,000, or less, if married or living in a two-parent household.
  • Be eligible for in-state tuition. You are encouraged to contact your local community college’s admissions office if you are at all uncertain.
  • Commit to obtain full-time employment within 1 year after completing college, retain employment and pay Maryland income taxes for a time equal to the time period Promise funds are received.
    • Deferments are available in some cases, including transfer to a 4-year college.
    • Students may work outside of Maryland and maintain Maryland residency.
    • For students who want to live out-of-state, this requirement may be met by repayment as a student loan.
  • Have not accepted another educational grant or scholarship (this clause does not apply to loans) covering the applicant’s full cost of attendance at the community college.
  • Have not already earned an associate degree or bachelor’s degree.
  • Submit any additional documentation, if required, on time.
  • Eligibility does not guarantee award.

1 Full-time enrollment – defined as at least 12 credits/semester, or a sequence of credit or non-credit courses that leads to licensure or certification, or a registered apprenticeship.

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).