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College Money From Your State

Maryland Gives 58,000 Students Money To Go To College
The following are highlights of an off camera interview that I conducted with the Director of Student Financial Assistance for the State of Maryland. Every state has similar programs and you should check with your state government office for similar programs. States rely on these programs to educate the workforce who will in turn make more money and contribute more taxes and talent to your state.
Not Affected By Budget Cuts

The most interesting thing about the interview was that even in the current times of budget cuts and financial constraints he does not believe that these programs will be affected in any major way in the near future.

It does not matter how old you are or how much money you make. There are different programs for different people. Find out what your state can do for you so you in turn can contribute more to your state.

Scholarships That Go Untouched
Mr. Parker has been in the financial aid business for many years and related to me how he has received calls from scholarship organizations complaining that they are not getting applications and could not give away their money. The state of Maryland certainly gives away all their money each year, but this statement is another indicator proving that there is help out there if you are willing to put in the work to look for it.
Interview with State of Maryland
Robert L. Parker, Director
Office of Student Financial Assistance
Maryland Higher Education Commission
839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400
Annapolis, MD 21401
Number of Programs : 19
Amount of Money : $110 Million approximate amount for most recent year.
Number of Applicants :
  • 110,000 applicants
  • 58,000 receive money
  • 53% of the people who apply received money
  • approximate number for most recent year
Application: 1 or 2 pages of fill in the blanks or some also require the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). See sample
When To Apply: As soon as possible at the beginning of the year
Age Requirements: None
Income Requirements: 5 of the 19 programs have income requirements and are called need based, the other
14 programs are for specific groups of people or to encourage certain occupations and may not have an income requirement
Applications Limitations: You can apply to as many programs as you wish
  • $14,300 for Students in Financial Need and Have a 2.5 GPA.
  • $3,000 for Students Who Need Financial Help to Stay in College.
  • $2,000 for Part-Time College Students in Financial Need.
  • $1,000 Students to Take College Courses While Still in High School.
  • $5,000 To Study Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Social Work, Dentistry, Medicine or Law School.
  • $400 to $9,000 from Your State Senator.
  • $200 to $19,000 from Your State Delegate.
  • $3,000 for High Achieving High Academic Achievers and Fine and Performing Arts Students.
  • $3,000 for students Who Complete 60 Credit Hours at Community College with a 3.0 and Want To Go OnTo a Maryland 4-Year College.
  • $6,776 to Pay for Courses In Fire Service Technology or EMT.
  • $10,000 to Repay Student Loans To Select Individuals Working Full-Time In Non-Profit Organizations and State or Local Government.
  • $23,000 for Dentists Who Work With Under-Served Areas In Maryland.
  • $30,000 to Help Pay Student Loans for Physicians and Medical Residents Specializing in Primary Care in Under-Served Areas in Maryland.
  • $13,000 plus $25,000 in Living Expenses To Complete A Graduate Degree In Nursing.
  • $8,275 to Attend Pennsylvania School of Optometry and Agree To Work In Maryland As an Optometrist.
  • $500 for Students Who Need Financial Assistance.
  • $9,000 for 100% Disabled Public Service Employees, Children and Spouses of Deceased and 100% Disabled Public Safety Employees; POW’s, Children of POW’s; Children of Deceased or 100% Disabled Military; Certain 25% Disabled Military; and Spouses and Children of Victims of the Sept 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack.
  • $9,026 for Veterans Who Served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, and Their Spouses, Sons, or Daughters, and Full-Time and Part-Time, Degree-Seeking Undergraduate Students Enrolled in an Eligible Accredited Maryland Secondary Institution.
  • $4,000 to Learn To Work in One Critical Workforce Shortage Areas.
Child Development
Early Childhood Education
Human Services
Aging Services
Supported Employment
Vocation at Rehabilitation
Education-Critical Teacher Shortage
Computer Science
Earth/Space Science>
Disability Services
Occupational Therapy
Health Occupations
Physical Science
Reading Specialist
Special Education
Speech Language
Physical Therapy
Social Work
Special Education
Technology Education
Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Assistant
Career In Public Service