“Going to college, whether at a two-year or a four-year college, gives you more skills and a better chance to succeed. College students have opportunities to grow personally, intellectually, and professionally, and college graduates make more money.

Maryland is fortunate to have 56 colleges and universities from which to choose – colleges that offer every major from accounting to zoology. In other words, whatever you want to study, you can find it right here at a Maryland college or university.

Preparation is the key to ensuring your dream of going to college is realized. To assist you with the process, www.MDgo4it.org was created. This website presents information about planning for college in a user friendly and engaging manner. Check it out!” – MHEC

Financial Aid

Maryland Higher Education Commission – Maryland’s higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. MHEC also administers state financial aid programs that affect students on a statewide basis.

Maryland Financial Aid Assistance Programs and Applications

  • Need-Based Grants – Guaranteed Access and Educational Assistance Grants, Part-Time Grants and Graduate and Professional Scholarship Program
  • Legislative Scholarships – Senatorial and Delegate Scholarships
  • Merit-Based Scholarships – Distinguished Scholar Award and Distinguished Scholar Community College Transfer Program
  • Career-Based Scholarships – includes certain health related majors and workforce shortage grant programs
  • Unique Populations – grants and tuition waivers for certain individuals including those serving in the military, veterans, and foster care recipients

Senator Currie’s Senatorial Scholarship

“Granting financial assistance to students from my legislative districts is one of most rewarding parts of my job. Furthering your education is the most valuable investment you can ever make. It will pay dividends for the rest of your life. I look forward to reviewing your application and hope to be able of offering you assistance in your pursuant of a better more satisfying life.” -Senator Ulysses Currie

Eligibility Requirements: You and your parents (if you are a dependent student) must be residents of Legislative District 25. You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university as a full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate. You must demonstrate financial need. You must take the SAT1 or the ACT unless you graduated from high school five or more year ago, have earned 24 college credit hours, or are attending a community college or a private career school.

How to apply: Senatorial Scholarship Applications are available January 18, 2011. You can download a form here or you can email me atUlysses.currie@senate.state.md.us to ask for an application. Then follow these steps:

1. Verify that you live in Legislative District 25 by visiting: Legislative District Verification

2. Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can access the application at www.fafsa.gov. Every student, regardless of income, should complete a FAFSA every year.

3. Download and complete my Senatorial Scholarship Application. Follow the instructions on the application and return your completed package by May 19, 2011.

There are many other financial resources. Below are several links that I hope you find helpful. Beware of any sites that charge a fee for their information. If I can be of any other assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • FinAid! (www.finaid.org) Learn everything you need to know about the variety of financial aid resources available to students and parents.
  • FastWeb (www.fastweb.com) Free scholarship and college search agent that matches your background against its database of over 600,000 scholarships.
  • Embark (www.princetonreview.com) Tools, scholarship search, and for fee courses for college preparation
  • Student Loan Network (www.studentloan.net) Includes information on, and loan application request forms for the Federal Stafford, Perkins, and Parent PLUS student loan programs. Caution – these are loans and not grants or scholarships
  • (www.ed.gov/finaid.html) Official U.S. Department of Education’s website for information on financial aid from the federal government.
  • The College Board (www.collegeboard.com) Finding and paying for college
  • Peterson’s/Thomson Learning (www.petersons.com) Features financial aid calculators and search engines for scholarship