Changes to Maryland Higher Education Commission Programs to students

Beginning July 1, 2018, if you received State financial aid (Guaranteed Access Grant, Educational Assistance Grant or the Campus Based Educational Assistance Grant) for at least two years beginning August 31, 2015 and thereafter, you will be required to meet certain Credit Completion Requirements to renew State financial aid awards for subsequent years.

Renewal Credit Completion Requirements:

You must earn your required credits during the fall, winter minimester, spring, and summer terms. To remain eligible for your maximum renewal amount for 2018-2019, you must earn at least 30 credits this year. If you earn fewer than 24 credits this year, your award will not be renewed. If you earn 24 to 29 credits, your renewal award will be prorated based on the following formula:

Standard Renewal Amount x (Completed Credits / 30) = Revised Renewal Amount

Example Adjustment for a $3,000 Grant

Completed Credits


Revised Award

0 to 23

Not eligible for renewal



$3,000 x (24/30) credits



$3,000 x (26/30) credits



$3,000 x (29/30) credits


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Program Changes for the Howard P. Rawlings Educational Assistance (EA) Grant and Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant grant programs

Please be advised that beginning with the 2018-19 academic year there will be MAJOR changes to the RENEWAL process for the Educational Assistance (EA) Grant and Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant programs due to the enactment of the College Affordability Act of 2016.

The changes will consist of recipients of the EA or GA awards must successfully complete at least 30 credits by the end of the second academic year of enrollment and each academic year thereafter. This means that students who are eligible for either the EA or GA grant must complete at least 30 credits per academic year, beginning in their sophomore year and thereafter, in order to receive full eligibility.

While these provisions will not become effective until the 2018-2019 academic year, it is imperative that students plan accordingly now as the number of credits they will earn in the 2017-2018 year may affect their award eligibility for the 2018-2019 award year.  

Please note that for more information regarding the program changes for the EA and GA grant, students may visit: or email:

Federal Student Aid ID/Pin Replacement

The new Federal Student Aid ID number- a username and password - has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your fin aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.

You can create an FSA ID when logging in to, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at: and Federal Student Aid at:

You can use your FSA ID to sign a FAFSA right away. Once the Social Security Administration verifies your information in one to three days, or if you have linked your PIN to your FSA ID, you will be able to use your FSA ID to access the websites listed above.

Users who arrive at impacted websites will be directed to a link to register for their new FSA ID. The registration process should take less than 7 minutes. Only the owner of the FSA ID should create his or her account. 

Create a New FSA ID:

Helpful Information about the FSA ID:

NSA Cooperative (Co-Op) Education Program

The National Security Agency (NSA) is pleased to announce a call for applications for the NSA Cooperative (Co-Op) Education Program. The Co-Op Program is open to four-year College and Community College students majoring in computer science, computer or electrical engineering or cybersecurity. Community College students must intend to complete a four-year degree. A GPA of 3.0 is preferred.

Information on the NSA Cooperative (Co-Op) Education Program is posted to the Intelligence website.

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online between Feb. 1st - March 31st and/or Sept. 1st - Oct. 31st. Applications received after these deadlines, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered. New Co-Op students will begin work in either January or August only.

To submit a resume during open season, visit the National Security Agency Careers page. Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "Cooperative Education," and click on "Search." Select "Cooperative Education" and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.

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