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Maryland State Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant

What is the GA Grant?

The Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant is a Maryland state grant that provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible in-state students currently enrolled as high school seniors who will complete a college preparatory program or a student who has obtained a General Educational Development Diploma (GED), and is under the age of 26. Students who received the GA Grant at MSMU during the 2021-22 academic year were awarded $19,300.

The Mount participates in the Guaranteed Access Partnership Program (GAPP) and the GA grant is matched for students with the merit scholarship.

In addition to the Guaranteed Access Grant, the Mount merit scholarship, students are also awarded Federal Pell grants and other grant aid to make costs affordable.

Maryland State Aid Webinar

Monday, November 29 at 4 p.m. EST

Join us for the upcoming Maryland State Aid Webinar on Monday, November 29 at 4 p.m. EST. This live webinar will feature Mount St. Mary's University Director of Financial Aid Brenda Dayoff. Attendees will learn about Maryland State Aid programs for high school students applying to college, including the GA Grant.

Register for the Webinar

Who is Eligible?

Full-time first-year students attending the Mount can receive the award if they and their parent(s):

  1. Are a Maryland state resident eligible for in-state tuition.
  2. Demonstrate need and meet income requirements listed below. Please note this chart is based on the 2021-22 academic year. Please visit the state’s website for additional information as it becomes available.

Family Size 130% of Poverty Level (New) 150% of Poverty Level (Renewal)
1 $16,588 $19,140
2 $22,412 $25,860
3 $28,236 $32,580
4 $34,060 $39,300
5 $39,884 $46,020
6 $45,708 $52,740
7 $51,532 $59,460
8 $57,356 $66,180
For each additional person add $5,824 $6,720
  1. Have an unweighted, cumulative 2.5 high school grade point average (GPA).
  2. Are under the age of 22 at the time of graduating high school from in Maryland.
  3. Submit all applications and verification documents by the deadlines (see details in “How Can I Apply?” section below).

How Can I Apply?

  1. File the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2022, using your and your parents 2020 federal tax return.
  2. Create a MDCAPS account after the FAFSA has been filed on the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS) site.
  3. If additional documents are requested, they must be submitted prior to April 1, 2022. You should monitor your MDCAPS account often.

For students not eligible to file a FAFSA - Undocumented applicants ineligible for federal financial aid can file the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) by creating a MDCAPS account by March 1, 2022.

Students who have been awarded the GA Grant will be notified by MHEC via email. All awards must be accepted through MDCAPS within two weeks of notification. Once MSMU receives notification of your acceptance, the student will receive a revised award package.