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13b.08.21.00.htm 13B.08.21.00. Title 13B MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION Subtitle 08 FINANCIAL AID Chapter 21 Maryland Community College Promise Scholarships Authority: Education Article, §11-105(u) and 18-204(c) and Subtitle 36, Title 18, Annotated Code of Maryland
13b.08.21.01.htm 13B.08.21.01. 01 Program Administration.. There is a Maryland Community College Promise Scholarships Program, which is administered by the Office of Student Financial Assistance pursuant to Education Article, Title 18, Subtitle 36, Annotated Code of Maryland.
13b.08.21.02.htm 13B.08.21.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) “Annual adjusted gross income” means the total of the combined adjusted gross income, as reported on the federal or State income tax return for the most recent tax year, of:a) The applicant, if the applicant is independent;. b) The applicant and the applicant’s parents, if the applicant is a dependent; or.
13b.08.21.03.htm 13B.08.21.03. 03 Student Eligibility for Initial Applications.. A. Subject to the State budget, the Office annually shall determine a student’s eligibility to receive a scholarship.B. An applicant is eligible for a scholarship if the applicant:. 1) Within 2 years after graduating from a high school, or within 2 years of successfully completing a GED in the State, is enrolled in a community college as a candidate for a vocational certificate, a certificate, or an asso2) Enrolls in at least 12
13b.08.21.04.htm 13B.08.21.04. 04 Student Eligibility for Renewal Applications.. A. Subject to the State budget, an applicant shall be eligible to renew a scholarship for a subsequent year if the applicant:1) Files a FAFSA or separate application by March 1;. 2) Continues to meet the income requirements under Regulation .03 of this chapter;. 3) Continues to enroll and complete at least 12 credits per semester;. 4) Maintains a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent for t
13b.08.21.05.htm 13B.08.21.05. 05 Application Process.. A. A student shall apply annually and shall submit all supporting documentation requested by the Office:1) For the 2019―2020 award year only, by a deadline established by the Office; and. 2) Beginning with the 2020―2021 award year and each year thereafter:. a) By June 15, for initial applications; and. b) By May 1, for renewal applications.. B. Form of Application.. 1) Initial applicants shall submit:. a) By March 1, the FAFSA or, if the applicant is i
13b.08.21.06.htm 13B.08.21.06. 06 Amount of Scholarship.. A. An annual scholarship may not exceed $5,000, or actual tuition, whichever is less.. B. The minimum a scholarship award amount may not be less than $100 per semester and $200 for the academic year.C. Any student financial aid, other than a loan, shall be credited to the recipient’s tuition before the calculation of the scholarship amount.
13b.08.21.07.htm 13B.08.21.07. 07 Distribution of Awards.. A. Initial scholarships shall be provided to recipients based upon greatest demonstrated financial need.B. Priority for scholarships in subsequent years shall be given to prior year recipients who remain eligible under this chapter.C. Eligible recipients shall be awarded after the community college completes the certification of award roster annually pursuant to Regulation .12 of this chapter.
13b.08.21.08.htm 13B.08.21.08. 08 Waiting List.. A. An eligible applicant who does not receive an award shall be notified and placed on a waiting list.B. The Office shall consider students on the waiting list for late scholarship awards if funds become available after awards have been made.C. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, consideration for a late award shall be given, in the following descending order, to students:1) Whose institution reported the applicant’s non-loan aid after the deadli
13b.08.21.09.htm 13B.08.21.09. 09 Verification of Eligibility.. A. Verification by the Office of Initial Applicants.. 1) Annually, the Office shall verify:. a) The eligibility of each applicant; and. b) The accuracy of adjusted gross income levels and demonstrated need of a representative sample of applicants who are ineligible to receive federal aid and complete the separate application prescribed by the Office.2) An applicant selected by the Office for verification under §A(1)b) of this regulation who is inel
13b.08.21.10.htm 13B.08.21.10. 10 Award Notification and Acceptance.. A. A recipient shall be notified by the Office of the award in writing, which may include electronic mail.B. A recipient shall login to MDCAPS in order to accept an award, except that, in extenuating circumstances as determined by the Director, a student may accept an award by providing written acceptance to the Office.C. An award recipient who fails to accept the award within 6 weeks of the date that the Office sent notice under §A of this r
13b.08.21.11.htm 13B.08.21.11. 11 Full-time Enrollment and Credit Completion Requirements.. A. Except as provided in Regulation .17 of this chapter, a recipient who fails to continuously enroll full-time and complete at least 12 credits per semester becomes ineligible for the scholarship.B. A recipient who becomes ineligible for the scholarship may reapply in the subsequent year if the recipient graduated from high school or successfully passed the GED examination in Maryland within 2 years prior to the re-ap
13b.08.21.12.htm 13B.08.21.12. 12 Certification of Award Eligibility.. A. The Office shall create a certification of award roster for each institution, and the institution shall complete the certification by the date established by the Office.B. The certification of award roster shall contain the name of each applicant who has been identified by the Office as potentially eligible for an award and whose tuition and fees are unmet by non-loan aid awards, verified by the community college, a
13b.08.21.13.htm 13B.08.21.13. 13 Payment of Awards.. A. The Office shall make an award payment to the institution for each semester that the eligible recipient is granted the award.B. The community college shall certify to the Office, and request payment for all recipients, on a semester basis, on or before:1) December 15, for the fall semester; and. 2) May 15, for the spring semester.. C. A community college that fails to certify and request payment for all recipients on a semester basis under §B of this regu
13b.08.21.14.htm 13B.08.21.14. 14 Summer Enrollment.. A. A recipient who fails to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 at the end of the spring semester may enroll in the summer semester to meet the GPA requirement.B. A recipient who enrolls for the summer semester and meets the GPA requirement at the end of the semester may be awarded under Regulation .08 of this chapter.C. A recipient who enrolls for the summer semester may not utilize the scholarship award for the summer semester.
13b.08.21.15.htm 13B.08.21.15. 15 Allowable Interruptions of Study.. A. The Office may extend the duration of an award for an allowable interruption of study of 1 year or less, at the discretion of the Office, if the recipient provides to the Office documentation of extenuating circumstances that prevent the recipient from maintaining continuous enrollment at the community college.B. The Office shall review the student’s documentation of extenuating circumstances, and the Director shall render a decision
13b.08.21.16.htm 13B.08.21.16. 16 Minimum GPA Appeal Criteria.. A. A recipient who fails to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 may appeal a scholarship denial to the Office.B. A recipient appealing under §A of this regulation shall provide documentation to the Office of the extenuating circumstances that prevented the recipient from meeting the GPA requirement.C. A recipient may appeal on the grounds of not maintaining the required GPA only once.. D. The Office shall revie
13b.08.21.17.htm 13B.08.21.17. 17 Full-Time Enrollment Appeal Criteria.. A. A recipient enrolled for at least 6 credits, but less than 12 credits per semester, may appeal a scholarship denial to the Office on the basis that:1) The recipient is participating in a specific course or activity (such as an internship or practicum) that is required by the institution to complete the academic program; or2) The recipient has a documented disability that prevents full-time enrollment.. B. A recipient appealing
13b.08.21.18.htm 13B.08.21.18. 18 Scholarship Conditions and Service Requirement.. A. Full-Time Employment. For purposes of this regulation, “full-time employment” means employment for at least 35 hours per week.B. Use of Scholarship. A scholarship shall be used solely for tuition at a community college.. C. As a precondition of accepting the scholarship award, a recipient shall provide a promissory note and shall enter into a written agreement with the Commission, in the form and manner prescribed by
13b.08.21.19.htm 13B.08.21.19. 19 Conversion of Scholarship to Loan.. A. Except as provided in §C of this regulation, if the recipient breaches the terms or conditions of the agreement or note under Regulation .18 of this chapter, the scholarship shall convert to a student loan payable to the State.B. Interest on the loan shall be charged at a rate equal to the interest rate established by the United States Department of Education on the first day of July of each year for the Federal Stafford Loan.
13b.08.21.20.htm 13B.08.21.20. 20 Deferment of the Service Obligation and Repayment.. A. A recipient may request that the service obligation be deferred during the time the recipient is:. 1) Enrolled full-time (12 or more credits per semester) or part-time (6―11 credits per semester) in a credit-bearing course of study at any post-secondary institution;2) On a temporary leave of absence, approved by the employer in the required employment field, for a period not to exceed 12 months;3) Temporarily disabled,
13b.08.21.21.htm 13B.08.21.21. 21 Waiver of the Service Obligation and Repayment.. The Office shall waive a recipient’s service and repayment obligations if it determines:. A. On the basis of a sworn affidavit of two licensed physicians, that the recipient is permanently unable to fulfill the service obligation, on a full-time or part-time basis, because of a permanent impairment; orB. On the basis of a death certificate, or other evidence of death that is conclusive under State law that the recipient has died.
13b.08.21.22.htm 13B.08.21.22. 22 Determinations of the Office.. A decision of the Office under this chapter, including decisions regarding whether to grant an award, extension, waiver, or appeal, is final and not subject to additional review or appeal.
13b.08.21.9999.htm 13B.08.21.9999. Administrative History Effective date: March 25, 2019 (46:6 Md. R. 347). Regulation .05A, B amended effective November 4, 2019 (46:22 Md. R. 977). Regulation .08C amended effective November 4, 2019 (46:22 Md. R. 977). Regulation .09A amended effective November 4, 2019 (46:22 Md. R. 977). Regulation .12 amended effective November 4, 2019 (46:22 Md. R. 977). Regulation .17B amended effective November 4, 2019 (46:22 Md. R. 977).
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