State Financial Aid Programs
The ACM Student Financial Aid Office participates with several State Higher Education agencies to provide additional financial aid resources for our students.
Maryland residents attending ACM are eligible for a plethora of state aid funding, but must complete the FAFSA before March 1. The following are a few of the programs offered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Make a selection for specific information about these programs. IMPORTANT: ACM must have a copy of the student's FAFSA results before any Guaranteed Access grants and/or Educational Assistance grants will be paid.
- Guaranteed Access Grants
- Educational Assistance Grants
- Delegate Scholarships
- Senatorial Scholarships
- The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship
MD residents: Sign up now to receive text and email updates from MHEC (Maryland Higher Education Commission).
For information about other programs offered by the State of Maryland please visit their website. For awards offered by the State of Maryland students must log on to MD Caps to accept these awards. Students must meet satisfactory academic progress standards to receive these awards. If you wish to speak to a representative from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, you may contact them by calling 1-800-974-0203.
Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy & Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship benefits members of the following groups or their surviving dependents: disabled or deceased Veterans, Vietnam War POW/MIAs, disabled or deceased public safety employees and volunteers, and 9/11 victims. Click link below for specific eligibility requirements. The deadline for this scholarship is July 15th and applications should be turned into the Student Financial Aid Office at ACM. The award amount varies, depending on the amount of your cost of attendance and other financial aid resources.
Pennsylvania State students who complete the FAFSA by May 1 will be considered for a Pennsylvania State Grant, administered by PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency). Amounts vary depending on which campus the student attends. Students taking all of their classes at one of the Pennsylvania campuses will receive the highest amount of the grant. Likewise, students taking the majority of their credits, if full time, at one of the Pennsylvania campuses will be considered full time at that campus and also receive the higher amount. Students enrolled for six to nine credits may be eligible for a partial award. To be considered for the PA State Grant, students must demonstrate financial need and:
- Be enrolled on at least a half-time basis (6 credit hours) in a PHEAA-approved undergraduate program of study which is at least 2 academic years in length and seeking a first bachelor's degree. Credits required for minimum enrollment must count toward the student's degree/program for which he/she is enrolled. If a student is taking remedial courses, he/she must also take at least 3 non-remedial credits. If total remedial credits are more than non-remedial credits, the student's grant amount may be reduced. A student can only receive this "combined credit" payment, called "Remedial Exception," 2 full-time or 4 part-time semesters."
- Be a high school graduate and a Pennsylvania state resident;
- Be enrolled in a program of study that is at least 2 academic years in length;
- Be enrolled in a program of study where at least 50% of the total credits needed for completion of the program are earned through classroom instruction;
- Be enrolled each semester in credits that are at least 50% classroom instruction. In addition, in order for hybrid or blended course credits to count as in-classroom, the online instruction component cannot exceed 50 percent of the combined online and in-classroom contact hours;
- Be making satisfactory academic progress as defined by PHEAAOther stipulations apply. Students should consult the PHEAA State Grant web site for these stipulations and for additional information on how to apply.
Other stipulations apply. Students should consult the PHEAA State Grant web site for these stipulations and for additional information on how to apply.
Students attending ACM who are residents of Washington, D.C. can apply for funding from these four sources:
- DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DC TAG)
- DC Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (DC LEAP)
- DC College Access Program (DC CAP)
- DC College Success Program
Deadline dates do apply for programs 1, 2, and 3. Students should visit the website for additional information and the application to apply.
For the DC College Success Program, students can visit the website at www.dccollegesuccessfoundation.org
D.C. students are also eligible to use funds from the DC GEAR UP program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).
If the student is or has been adopted, D.C. also provides a D.C. Adoption Scholarship. Information can be obtained in the Student Financial Aid Office.
Students from West Virginia are eligible to use funds from the WV GEAR UP program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs Grant) here at ACM. Gear Up funds are used to provide college scholarships to low-income students identified in middle/high school. Priority students are defined in the law as students in preschool through 12th grade who are eligible to be counted under section 1124 (c) of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 (Title 1); or free or reduced-price lunches under the National School Lunch Act; or assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families law (Title 1 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996). Students should contact the West Virginia Higher Education Commission for application requirements: 1-304-558-4614.