Senatorial Scholarship

Who may apply: Current high school seniors and full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Students attending a private career school may also apply.

How to apply: Submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online  at or submit the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) online through MDCAPS for any applicant who is ineligible to receive federal aid but is eligible for in-state tuition by March 1, 2021. The 2021-2022 MSFAA is now available through your MDCAPS student account at​ If your State senator makes his/her own awards, you must call or write to your legislator for further instructions. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) can provide a list of all State legislators.

**Scholarships maybe available through your state delegation for your district. They are NOT available through your federal delegation (i.e. U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen).**

When to apply: Complete and file the FAFSA or MSFAA by March 1. Contact your State senator in February for further instructions.

Eligible majors: All majors are eligible.

​​*Program Update*

Scholarship can be used at out-of-state institutions if the applicant is on active duty with the U.S Military and domiciled in the State.

​You may use this scholarship at an out-of-state school if your major is not available at any Maryland institution and if your senator agrees.


You and your parents (if you are a dependent student) must be Maryland residents. You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university, as a full-time (12+ credits undergrad or 9+ credits grad) or part-time (6-11 credits undergrad or 6-8 credits grad), degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student, or attend certain private career schools. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time or part-time status. You must demonstrate financial need. You must take the SAT 1 or the ACT unless you graduated from high school five or more years ago; have earned 24 college credit hours; or are attending a community college or a private career school.


Some State senators have OSFA make awards for them. These awards are made on the basis of financial need as demonstrated on the FAFSA.


2020-2021 Award Minimum: $400

2020-2021 Award Maximum: $12,300

The minimum annual award amount is $400 and the maximum award is $12,300. You may hold the Senatorial Scholarship with all State awards. The total dollar amount of all State awards may not exceed your cost of attendance as determined by your school’s financial aid office, or $28,000, whichever is less. Funds may not be available to award all eligible students.


If you received a renewable award, your award will be renewed automatically as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress at the college you attend. Full-time students may receive a Senatorial Scholarship for total of four years. Part-time students may receive a Senatorial Scholarship for a total of eight years.

A recipient may hold a scholarship for a fifth undergraduate academic year or for a semester subsequent to the end of a fourth undergraduate academic year if the recipient:

  1. Has requested a scholarship from the Senator for a fifth undergraduate academic year or for a semester subsequent to the end of a fourth undergraduate academic year;
  2. Is a full-time student;
  3. Continues to be a resident of the State;
  4. Continues to be a student at the institution and takes courses leading to a degree; and
  5. Has exhausted the funds available under the Senatorial Scholarship.

Eligible Majors​

All in-state majors are eligible.

Out-of-State Exceptions

·  You may use this scholarship at an out-of-state school if your major is not available at any Maryland institution and if your senator agrees. In order to verify your major as unique you must complete the 2023-2024 Unique Major Application and submit it to MHEC with the required documentation by July 30, 2021.​

·  Scholarship can be used at out-of-state institutions if the applicant is on active duty with the U.S Military and domiciled in the State. 

·  The scholarship may also be used out-of-state if the student is disabled and studying at an institution outside the State that makes special provisions for disabled students that are not available to the applicant at an institution in Maryland.

 Certain unique majors not offered at a Maryland public university may also be eligible for the Academic Common Market, a tuition savings program that allows students enrolled in approved programs at participating institutions to pay in-state tuition rates! Click here to learn more.


Senatorial Conditions of the Award​​​

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If you do not know how to contact your State senator or delegates, go to or call the Board of Supervisors of Elections for your county:

County Phone Number
Allegany County: (301) 777-5931
Anne Arundel County: (410) 222-6600
Baltimore County: (410) 887-5700
Baltimore City: (410) 396-5550
Calvert County: (410) 535-2214
Caroline County: (410) 479-8145
Carroll County: (410) 386-2080
Cecil County: (410) 996-5310
Charles County: (301) 934-8972
Dorchester County: (410) 228-2560
Frederick County: (301) 600-8683
Garrett County: (301) 334-6985
Harford County: (410) 638-3565
Howard County: (410) 313-5820
Kent County: (410) 778-0038
Montgomery County: (240) 777-8500
Prince George's County: (301) 430-8020
Queen Anne's County: (410) 758-0832
St. Mary's County: (301) 475-7844
Somerset County: (410) 651-0767
Talbot County: (410) 770-8099
Washington County: (240) 313-2050
Wicomico County: (410) 548-4830
Worcester County: (410) 632-1320

The ​Senatorial Scholarship program regulations have been published online under the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). Please click the following link to access the program regulations:​

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