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College education that's within reach

With the Baltimore County and Maryland Community College Promise scholarship programs, college-ready, recent high school graduates can attend CCBC full time without the cost of tuition and fees.

What are they?

As “last dollar in scholarships,” the Baltimore County and Maryland Community College Promise scholarships cover tuition and mandatory fees for eligible students after applying all other financial awards—such as Pell grants, state aid and scholarships.

Awardees may apply the scholarships to a degree or credential sought at CCBC. Students still need to cover other costs such as books, transportation, supplies and materials.

How do I qualify?

Baltimore County College Promise Scholarship

Fall 2020
  • Be a Baltimore County resident.
  • Be a 2015-2020 graduate of a public, parochial or private high school, home instruction program with a final, cumulative high school GPA of 2.3 or higher, be a GED recipient or a high school diploma recipient from an external diploma program.
    -OR-
    Be a 2015-2020 graduate of a public, parochial or private high school, home instruction program, be a GED or a high school diploma recipient from an external diploma program and complete at least 3 credits at CCBC with a minimum 2.3 cumulative CCBC GPA.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Have an adjusted gross household income of $150,000 or less based on submitted FAFSA application.
  • Enroll full-time (12 or more credits) each semester.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA while at CCBC.

Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

Fall 2020
  • Submit a completed 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or submit the 2020-2021 Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) by March 1st, 2020
  • Is eligible for in-state tuition, as determined by the community college.
  • Is a graduate from high school or successfully completed a GED.
  • High school applicants must have earned an unweighted cumulative GPA of at least a 2.3 or its equivalent
    • at the end of the first semester of their senior year in high school; or
    • at the end of their senior year in high school
  • Have an adjusted gross household income of $100,000 or less (single-parent household) or $150,000 or less (two-parent household) based on submitted FAFSA application:
    • Submit 2020-2021 FAFSA to enroll at CCBC for Fall 2020.
  • Enroll full time (12 or more credits).
For more information, visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission website.

Note: Maryland College Promise covers a maximum of $5,000 per academic year and requires one year of employment in the state of Maryland for each year a scholarship is received. Eligibility requirements are subject to change.

Non-Baltimore County residents who choose to attend CCBC must enroll in an approved MHEC Statewide program in order to receive Maryland Community College Promise funding. 


Effective July 1st, 2020, any NEW recipient of the Maryland Community College Promise award will NOT be required to complete the service agreement upon completion of their degree. 

How do I apply?

Baltimore County College Promise Scholarship

Fall 2020
  • Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA at fafsa.gov
    • CCBC’s school code is 002063.
  • Complete General Application in AcademicWorks available April 1, 2020.
  • Submit all required documentation to Financial Aid Office. Students can login to SIMON account to view all requested documents under Financial Aid.
  • Submit an official final high school transcript or official report of GED passing scores to the Registrars Office.

Are you graduating from a Baltimore County Public School in 2020?

  • New to CCBC? Apply and learn more about our degree, certificate and workforce training certification programs.
  • Complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with your parent or guardian.
  • Submit your unofficial senior year high school transcript to the CCBC Admissions office in person at any CCBC Campus or via email at ccbcadmissions@ccbcmd.edu by March 13, 2020 for best consideration.

Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

Fall 2020
  • Submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or submit the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) online through MDCAPS  by March 1, 2020. 
    • The 2020-2021 MSFAA will be available online through MDCAPS on November 15, 2019;
    • CCBC’s school code is 002063.
  • Applicants that identified a community college on their FAFSA or MSFAA by March 1, 2020 will be notified by email of the required documentation to submit for further consideration for the Scholarship. Applicants should login to their MDCAPS account and review their “Check Application Status” section for a complete listing of all required documentation that must be submitted to MHEC; and  
  • Submit all documentation, if required, to MHEC by June 15, 2020 (Late submissions will not be accepted)
More information regarding the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA)»

For additional information about how to apply for the Maryland Community College Promise scholarship, visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission website.

How will I be notified?

Baltimore County College Promise Scholarship

The CCBC Financial Aid office will let you know if you’re eligible for the Baltimore County College Promise scholarship via your CCBC email.

Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

Maryland Community College Promise scholarship award recipients will be notified by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

How do I maintain College Promise?

Baltimore County College Promise Scholarship

If pursuing an associate degree, you must:
  • File a Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) each year.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credits during fall and spring semesters).
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.3 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Maintain a household adjusted gross income of $150,000 or less.
  • Successfully complete degree within three years.

If seeking workforce licensure or certification (credit or non-credit), you must:
  • File a Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) each year.
  • Enroll full time and maintain continuous enrollment.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.3 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Maintain a household adjusted gross income of $150,000 or less.
  • Complete the credential within the prescribed timeline for the course/program requirements.


​Renewal Awards for 2015 High School Graduates

  • File a Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) each year.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credits during fall and spring semesters).
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.3 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Maintain a household adjusted gross income of $150,000 or less.
  • Successfully complete degree within three years.

Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

  • Annually complete the FAFSA or MSFAA by March 1, 2020
  • Continue to remain eligible for in–state tuition
  • Continue to enroll in and complete either:
    • 18 clock hours of instruction per week in a sequence of credit or non-credit courses that lead to licensure or certification; or 
    • 12 credits at the end of each semester in credit bearing programs
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative college GPA if enrolled in a credit bearing program;
  • Make satisfactory progress toward a vocational certificate, a certificate, or an associate’s degree;
  • Continue to participate in a registered apprenticeship program;
  • Continue to meet the income limitations; and
  • Submit all documentation, if required, to MHEC by May 1, 2020.
For additional information, please visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission website.

Who should I contact for more information?

Baltimore County College Promise Scholarship

Email: collegepromise@ccbcmd.edu
Phone: 443.840.2222

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Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship

Website: https://mhec.maryland.gov
MD CAPS homepage: https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us

MD CAPS Login/Account Questions
Email: osfamail.mhec@Maryland.gov
Phone: 410.767.3300 or 800.974.0203

Got promise? Ruby does!

photo of a college promise student holding a promise sign"The College Promise scholarship helped me get through my classes without worrying about the financial struggle of paying for college."

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