Eligibility and Requirements

No additional application materials are required for consideration. Not all admitted students who meet the residency and financial need criteria qualify.

Qualifications for Consideration

  • A resident of the state of Maryland or Washington, D.C.
  • Demonstrated financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the only application required to be considered  
  • Preference is given to first-generation college students, but is not required.
  • Incoming freshmen receive a four-year offer and transfer students receive a two-year offer, assuming eligibility requirements are met annually

Admitted freshmen and transfer students who apply by our early action deadlines will be given priority consideration for the Maryland Promise Scholarship. No additional application materials are required for consideration. Not all admitted students who meet the residency and financial need criteria qualify.


Qualifications for Continued Eligibility

  • Demonstrate financial need based upon the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Completion of the FAFSA by the UMD priority deadline (January 1st)
  • Full-time enrollment (12+ credits) for both the fall and spring semesters
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Actively participate in all mandatory Maryland Promise Scholarship activities, including:
    • One advising meeting with the Maryland Promise Coordinator per semester
    • Attending several events, community meetings/workshops each semester 

Learn more about the Maryland Promise Program’s eligibility and requirements at the Office of Student Student Financial Aid