Citizenship requirements vary between Aid Programs. Some aid programs have citizenship requirements, but others do not. When exploring aid programs, review the eligibility requirements of each aid program to determine if it requires U.S. citizenship status. Search for merit-based scholarships because most scholarships don't have any citizenship requirements.
Many other aid programs are only available to students who meet the federal aid program Citizenship Requirements. Based on these federal requirements, international, undocumented, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are not eligible to receive federal grants, federal student or parent loans, or need-based grants from TU.
The citizenship requirements vary for aid programs from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Starting with the Fall 2019 semester, non-citizens who qualify for in-state tuition via the Dream Act and DACA provisions in Maryland's tuition residency requirements are eligible to apply for the following MHEC aid programs, but must still meet all other requirements and application deadlines.
To apply for the GA, EA, and Part-Time Grants, if you have a social security number you must submit a FAFSA to apply for state aid even though you won't be eligible for federal aid. If you don't have a social security number, you must login into the MDCAPS system and complete a Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA).
Grant App Deadline: You must submit your FASFA or MSFAA by March 1, 2019.
Undocumented ROTC students at UMES, Bowie, Coppin, & Morgan State Universities can also apply for Richard W. Collins Leadership Scholarship.
To review all MHEC aid programs, see MHEC aid.
Two different University System of Maryland tuition residency policies help many undocumented students qualify for in-state tuition rates. The first policy is the Maryland Dream Act which applies to many different types of undocumented students. The second policy only applies to students who were granted DACA status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. For more information on both programs, see tuition residency requirements.