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Financial Aid

Welcome to the Financial Aid Office

 

The Financial Aid Office is here to make higher education more accessible. Our staff is happy to assist students throughout the financial aid process, from the initial submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA), to helping you understand a financial aid award package, or explaining policies and procedures that impact eligibility.

The information on this website serves as a resource to help you through the process of obtaining financial assistance to pay for college. Use the navigation options below for detailed information about the many financial aid opportunities available. The Financial Aid Checklist serves as a helpful reference as you navigate the process.

We are committed to making the financial aid process clear and accessible. Please contact us directly should you have questions. You can reach us via email, phone, or in person.

Contact Information

 

Phone Icon301.846.2620 (option 1)

Mail Icon[email protected]

Location IconJefferson Hall, 3rd floor

Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday* 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

*January, July, and August
Available until 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays

FCC School Code: 002071

Summer Financial Aid

 

Registration for the Summer semester began on April 15, 2022.  There are limitations to financial aid eligibility during the Summer semester.  Please review the following guidelines and information:

  1. Complete your 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please keep in mind, it will take us up to two weeks to receive your FAFSA once submitted. Please note that FAFSA for 2022-2023 is also currently available, which is used to determine Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023 eligibility.
  2. Once FCC receives your FAFSA, we will add any additional information we need from you to your PeopleSoft To-Do List. Processing of financial aid verification documents can take 4-6 weeks to complete, so it’s best to get started as early as possible! You can log into PeopleSoft here: https://cs.frederick.edu/psp/csprd/?cmd=login
  3. Register for courses required to complete your FCC degree program plan. Federal Student Aid (FSA) cannot be used to pay for courses that are not required for you to graduate.
  4. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards at FCC. SAP standards can be reviewed here: https://www.frederick.edu/cost-financial-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.aspx
  5. The Financial Aid Office will award Summer Federal Pell Grant eligibility after you register for classes based on the information below. You should allow at least 7-10 days for processing. If applying for a Federal Direct Student Loan, complete a loan application request form. Contact the Financial Aid Office if this is not available on your to-do list to have it added.


FEDERAL PELL GRANT AWARDS

The Department of Education allows a student to receive Federal Pell Grant funds for up to 150% of the scheduled Pell Grant award for an award year. The 2021-2022 award year started on July 1, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2022. The Financial Aid Office at FCC awards Summer 2022 as a “trailer semester”, since the term begins prior to June 30, 2022. All Summer sessions are combined and considered to be a single term.  Pell Grant eligibility is based on the total credit hours.

A “trailer semester” is one that looks at remaining eligibility after the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters to determine remaining eligibility for the Summer 2022 semester. A student who has already received two full-time (12+ credit hours per semester) Pell Grant awards – full-time in the Fall 2021 and full-time in the Spring 2022 semesters, could be entitled to another full-time Pell Grant award during the Summer term; however, you must take a minimum of 6 required credit hours to use any portion of the additional 150% Pell Grant Award during the “trailer semester”. A part-time student (less than 12 credit hours per semester) during the Fall 2021 and/or Spring 2022 semester(s) may have Pell Grant eligibility for Summer without being required to take at least 6 credit hours due to the fact that the first 100% of Pell Grant eligibility has not been exhausted.


EXAMPLES:

Student A - Attended half time (6-8 credits) during the Fall 2021 semester and received a half-time award (equal to 25% of total Pell Grant eligibility for the 2021-2022 award year) and also attended half-time during the Spring 2022 and received another half-time award (equal to 25% of total Pell Grant eligibility for the 2021-2022 award year). The student has a remaining 50% award and could attend up to full-time during the Summer. 100% initial award minus 25% used during Fall 2021 minus 25% used during Spring 2022 equal 50% remaining.

Student B – Attended three-quarter time (9-11 credits) during Fall 2021 and received a three-quarter time award (equal to 37.5% of total Pell Grant eligibility for the 2021-2022 award year) and also attended full-time (12+ credits) during Spring 2022 and received a full-time award (equal to 50% of total Pell Grant eligibility for the 2021-2022 award year). The student has a remaining 12.5% award (100% initial award minus 37.5% Fall 2021 minus 50% Spring 2022 equals 12.5% remaining). The 12.5% award amount remaining is worth 1-5 credits, BUT if the student attends more 6 or more required credits during the Summer they would be eligible to receive Pell up to the 150% award limits. If this same student only attends as less-than-half-time (1-5 credits), they would still be eligible for the 12.5% award from the remaining award year amount as a less-than-half-time student.


SUMMER FEDERAL DIRECT STUDENT LOANS

If you have not used your 2021-2022 total annual loan limit, and you will be attending at least 6 credits (of coursework required for your FCC degree program), you may apply for a Summer 2022 Federal Direct Student Loan. The 2021-2022 Federal Direct Student Loan Request Form can be found in your PeopleSoft “To Do List”; however, if you have already borrowed a loan during the Fall and/or Spring semester(s), you will need to contact our office in order to have the link to the 2021-2022 Federal Direct Student Loan Request Form added.


ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT

Students receiving financial aid must attend courses to qualify for their awards. Failure to attend will result in the student owing a balance with the college. Students will not be administratively expunged for non-attendance and must drop their courses prior to the 100% refund date for their sessions if they do not attend.


WITHDRAWING FROM SUMMER CLASSES

If you are awarded a Federal Pell Grant and/or a Federal Direct Loan, please check with the Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing from any classes. Withdrawing from courses can impact your financial aid eligibility.

If you are awarded financial aid funds and you decide not to attend the class(es), please drop the class(es) prior to the start date. You will not receive any funds for classes in which you never begin attendance.

Financial Aid Forms

2021-2022 Forms

 

2022-2023 Forms

 

 

Other Forms

Tuition Waivers

Tuition Waivers for Homeless Youth


The Maryland Tuition Waiver for Homeless Youth is available to students enrolled in an associate or vocational certificate, who experience homelessness or being at risk of homelessness, as defined by the Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, at any time during the 24 months immediately preceding the student’s enrollment in a public institution of higher education or while the student is enrolled in a public institution of higher education.

Please submit your Homeless Youth Determination/Tuition Waiver here.

Please contact Pamela Grzybowski, the FCC Single Point of Contact for Homeless Youth, in the Financial Aid Office at [email protected] for more information about this Tuition Waiver.


 



Tuition Waivers for Foster Care Recipients


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Students under the age of 25 who are or were in an out-of-home placement in Maryland by the MD Department of Human Services and who are attending a Maryland public college or university are eligible to apply.

When applying, you must have been placed or were in an out-of-home placement by the Maryland Department of Human Services.

You must have:      

  • Been placed in out-of-home placement by the Maryland Department of Human Services; and
  • Resided in an out-of-home placement on the individual’s 18th birthday or at the time of graduation from high school or upon successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) examination; OR
  • Resided in an out-of-home placement for at least one year on or after the individual’s 13th birthday and entered into guardianship, been adopted, or reunited with at least one of the individual’s parents
  • Been the younger sibling of an individual who met the qualifications outlined in section (a) and (b) above, and was concurrently placed into the same guardianship by the same parent, or was adopted by the same adoptive family with the older sibling.

All majors are eligible to apply, both credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses.

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The youth must:
  1. Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) each year.
  2. Be enrolled on or before he or she reaches the age of 25.
  3. The youth continues to be exempt from paying tuition and fees until 10 years after first enrolling as a candidate for an associate, bachelors, or a vocational certificate at a Maryland public institution of higher education.
  4. Be enrolled full time or part time for an associate, bachelors, or a vocational certificate at a Maryland public institution of higher education
    • Non-credit courses taken to earn a vocational certificate also qualify for tuition waiver.
  5. Students are eligible to receive the Foster Care Tuition Waiver for the following semesters:
    A. Fall
    B. Winter
    C. Spring
    D. Summer


AWARD AMOUNT

You are exempt from paying tuition and mandatory fees at a public college in Maryland. The tuition waiver only applies to tuition and fees. This also includes all fees for credit bearing and noncredit courses required as a condition of enrollment​.

If a foster care recipient receives a scholarship or grant, the scholarship or grant may not be applied to the tuition for the foster care recipient.  

Tuition is determined by the individual public institution of higher education and includes cost for tuition, registration fees as well as all fees that are required as a condition of enrollment. Tuition does not include room, board, books, and transportation.

Students who believe this may qualify for this waiver should click here to complete the Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients form.

Questions about this opportunity can be sent via email to Shelby Metzgar at [email protected].

More information about this opportunity can be found here.

Scholarships

FCC Foundation Scholarships

 

The FCC Foundation Scholarship application opens three times per year and is available to all FCC students.

  • Fall: 4/1 - 6/30
  • Spring: 11/1 - 12/31
  • Summer: Summer funds depend on availability of funding. 
https://apps.frederick.edu/foundation/wheretogive/fccfoundationscholarships.aspx

The FCC Foundation also has a Student Success Fund available to assist students with emergencies that arise.

 


 

Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics Scholarship (STEM)


The Frederick Community College (FCC) STEM Scholars Program provides students who have academic talent and financial need with additional support while they pursue their STEM-related academic and career goals on a full-time basis.

STEM Scholars is designed to serve students with little or no prior college-level experience. The competitive scholarship program offers participants up to $13,000 in financial aid, as well as the training and mentoring needed to be successful in their STEM programs and prepares students to transition to the next stage of their educational and career pathways.

FCC STEM Scholars is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

https://www.frederick.edu/degrees-certificates/stem-scholars.aspx

 


 

Parents Lead


Parents Lead is a Frederick Community College program providing assistance to parents in the pursuit of a college degree. This program is designed especially for financially-eligible parents, the program provides specialized curriculum and advising services as well as FCC Foundation scholarships for childcare while parents attend classes, or for other costs associated with child rearing. This cohort-based program is a combination of online and on-campus classes. Additional financial aid is available to assist eligible students with tuition and fees.

Inspire your children to pursue an education by earning a degree at FCC. The value of an education lasts for generations.

https://www.frederick.edu/student-resources/adult-services-resources/parents-lead.aspx

 


 

Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program

The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program supports eligible FCC students by providing increased access to affordable on-campus child care services at the Children's Center. Student-parents who are accepted into the program will receive a voucher to help cover the cost of child care services provided by the Children's Center. The CCAMPIS program is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

https://www.frederick.edu/student-resources/childrens-center/ccampis.aspx

 


 

Project Forward Step


Eligible applicants must be current participants in the Project Forward Step program. Single parents and adults age 24 and over who are low income, out-of-workforce, or homeless, and are beginning or continuing their education in order to enter the workforce, increase their marketable skills, change careers, or advance in a current job in order to become economically self-sufficient are eligible to apply. For Perkins Direct Student Aid, applicants also must be pursuing an approved career program at FCC.

https://www.frederick.edu/student-resources/adult-services-resources/project-forward-step.aspx

 


 

Multicultural Student Services Scholarship


Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a career program and speak English as a second language and/or demonstrate an economic disadvantage.

https://www.frederick.edu/student-resources/multicultural-student-services.aspx

 


 

Athletic Scholarships


Full-time students who are playing a sport at FCC may be eligible for athletic scholarships. Please contact your coach for details!

http://www.fccathletics.com/landing/index

 


 

Building Trades Scholarships


Scholarships are available for FCC students enrolled in credit courses in Building Trades, or non-credit courses in Trades & Vocational Training (Electrical, HVAC or Welding). Eligible applicants can receive an award up to $500.

https://app.perfectforms.com/player.htm?f=NL1lgAIG

 


 

New Market District Lions Club Scholarships


The New Market District Lions Club is sponsoring $1,000 scholarships for Linganore High School and Oakdale High School graduates who plan to attend FCC during the 2022-2023 academic year.
 
Applications are due by 4/1/2022.
 
More information is available here.

 


 

The Peg & Orley Bourland Educational Assistance Fund


This scholarship is to provide financially need-based funds for post-secondary education in trade, vocational or technical fields to help defray the costs associated with tuition, fees, testing, tutoring, trade tools and supplies, etc. 
Eligibility requirements:
  • Must be a resident of Walkersville feeder school areas
  • Must describe their financial need, career goals, and specify how the funds will be used
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational program 
  • Preference is given to applicants who are pursuing vocational, technical and skilled trade fields
The award(s) can be any amount needed, but will not exceed $1,000 per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
Applications are due a minimum of 30 days prior to when the funds need to be paid and students may find more information and download the application by visiting https://gladevalley.org/educational-assistance-fund/

 


 

Textbook Nova 2022 Scholarship


Applicants must write an essay response between 1,000 to 1,500 words on one of the topics listed on the Textbook Nova Scholarship page. The content of the essay should be unique, compelling, and informative and will be judged on these merits to determine the winner of the scholarship.
 
More information is available here: https://textbooknova.com/blog/scholarship/

 


 

The Damon Becnel Academic Scholarship


The Damon Becnel Academic Scholarship awards scholarships annually to academically talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees. 

More information about Damon Becnel is available here: https://damon-becnel.com/

Students may apply for this opportunity here: https://damonbecnelscholarship.com/#About

Consortium Agreement

FCC Financial Aid Consortium is a written agreement between two or more Title IV eligible institutions enabling students to take coursework at different institutions during the same term/semester for the purpose of completing a degree.

Per federal regulations, a student may only receive certain financial aid at one school per term for courses that are applicable to their degree or certificate program.
Under Consortium Agreements for financial aid determination, the “Home School” (the school where the student is enrolled in a degree or eligible certificate program), processes the financial aid award(s) to include the eligible course credits taken at the “Host School” (the school where the student is taking part of his or her program requirements through a consortium agreement to later transfer the course credits to the Home School for degree progression).

Consortium Agreement Guidelines with FCC as the Home School:
  1. Student must be degree seeking at FCC.
  2. Student must be enrolled in at least one course at FCC for the Consortium Agreement term.
  3. Student must have financial aid eligibility as determined by the FAFSA and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards (view  http://www.frederick.edu/cost-financial-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.aspx for eligibility requirements for federal student aid.)
  4. Each class taken at the “Host School” must be confirmed as required for the student’s FCC degree program.
  5. The student must complete an FCC Financial Aid Consortium Agreement Form (form available in Financial Aid, Jefferson Hall (J-301) attached with a completed Verification of Transferability Registration Form(found at www.Frederick.edu  under Registration Forms) along with proof of registration/payment at the “Host School”.
  6. Payments to the Host School must be made directly by the student since any FCC financial aid refunds may not become available in time for the Host School’s payment due date. FCC cannot transfer funds directly to another institution on the student’s behalf. 
  7. Consortium agreements do not provide “extra” financial aid; they are simply a way to combine all coursework credits taken by a student in a term toward degree completion at the Home School for Financial Aid determination.   It is the responsibility of the student to use any FCC refunds to pay or reimburse themselves for the bill at the Host School.
  8. Consortium agreements are semester specific.  Therefore, students seeking to participate in a consortium agreement for more than one semester, must reapply each term with a new Financial Aid Consortium Agreement form.
  9. At the conclusion of the consortium semester, students should request their Official Academic Transcript from the Host School be sent to FCC’s Welcome and Registration Center for FCC credit evaluation.

Consortium Agreement Guidelines with FCC as the Host School:
  1. The student and the Home School initiates the Consortium Agreement Form or blanket Consortium Agreement to FCC Financial Aid for certification.
  2. Federal and state financial aid can only be awarded by the Home School.  Depending on the Home School’s Consortium Agreement conditions, a student may or may not be eligible for non- federal/non-state awards (i.e.: FCC scholarships, grants, and outside scholarships).
Payments must be made to FCC by the listed payment due date. View FCC Drop Zone Payment Due Dates which may be prior to the student’s receipt of funds/refunds from their Home School.

For more information about enrolling as a visiting student, visit http://www.frederick.edu/admissions/visiting-students.aspx.

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student's course of study.

Learn More about the Federal Work Study program.

Students interested in a Federal Work Study position should have a valid FAFSA on file and complete the Federal Work Study Eligibility Application.

GPA-SAP Calculators

GPA-SAP Calculator

 
Class Credits Letter Grade

Total Credits: GPA:

 

 

Completion Rate Calculator

 
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Excel GPA Calculator with Projected GPA

 

Instructions

 

To meet the completion rate requirement for Satisfactory Academic Progress, students must have a completion rate of 66.5 or higher, which rounds up to the 67% requirement, after attempted at least 16 or more credits. Students under 16 attempted credits must have a completion rate of at least 50% (after rounding). Please note this calculator only projects the number of courses/credits required to meet the 67% completion rate requirement.

“Completed Credits” must include all college level courses with a grade of D or higher. Only include credits for developmental courses if you earned a C or higher. Also include courses with “P” or “S” grades. Include all transfer coursework listed on your Frederick Community College transcript. Repeated courses only count once toward your “Completed Credits”.

“Attempted Credits” should be the sum of all credits for all courses on your transcript, whether successfully complete or not. This includes courses with Withdrawal (W), Audit (AU), Failing (F), Incomplete (I), Unsatisfactory (U), In Progress (Z), and clemency (FX or DX) grades. Include all transfer coursework listed on your Frederick Community College Transcript.

 

Disclaimer

 

The Completion Rate Calculator is an unofficial estimate. Please consult your academic advisor for questions regarding advice on academic planning. Additional information regarding Standards of Academic Progress can be found here.

 

Here's how GPA works:
 
Grade Evaluation Quality Points
 
 
A Excellent 4
B Good 3
C Average 2
D Passing 1
F Failing 0


*Grades of "S", "Z," "U", "AU", and "W" are not included in GPA.

Quality points are the numerical equivalent of grades. Grade Point Average is computed by multiplying the numerical value of the grade, by the number of semester credit hours attempted; then, dividing the total number of quality points, by the total number of credits attempted.

The example below represents five courses, three semester credit hours each, with the following grades: Two A’s, one B, two C’s

 
Grade Earned
 
Numerical Value of Grade
 
Semester Credit Hours per Course
 
Quality Points
 
A 4 x     3 credits = 12
A 4 x     3 credits = 12
B 3 x     3 credits = 9
C 2 x     3 credits = 6
C 2 x     3 credits = 6
    15 total credits attempted 45 total quality points


15 total credits attempted 45 total quality points
Total of 45 quality points, divided by 15 credit hours attempted, equals a 3.0 GPA

 

 

This GPA calculator is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

Net Price Calculator

Explore how to plan and pay for your college education.

 

Net Price is the amount that a student pays to attend an institution in a single academic year AFTER subtracting scholarships and grants the student receives. Scholarships and grants are forms of financial aid that a student does not have to pay back.

The net price calculator allow prospective students to enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend the institution in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarship aid into account.

 

Please read. This calculator is intended to provide estimated net price information (defined as estimated cost of attendance - including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses - minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to current and prospective students and their families based on what similar students paid in a previous year.

By clicking below, I acknowledge that the estimate provided using this calculator does not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance, or a final net price; it is an estimate based on cost of attendance and financial aid provided to students in a previous year. Cost of attendance and financial aid availability change year to year. The estimates shall not be binding on the Secretary of Education, the institution of higher education, or the State.

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for, and receive, an actual financial aid award that includes Federal grant, loan, or work-study assistance. For more information on applying for Federal student aid, go to http://www.studentaid.gov.

Note: Any information that you provide on this site is confidential. The Net Price Calculator does not store your responses or ask for personal identifying information of any kind.
 

Federal Aid

Federal Pell Grant
Awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid, except under certain circumstances.

Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant
A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant(FSEOG) is a grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
A grant that honors those in the U.S. armed forces who lost their lives in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11 by providing college funding to their children. Eligibility for this grant is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and specific requirements.

Federal Work Study Program
Federal Work Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student's course of study.

Students interested in a Federal Work Study position should have a valid FAFSA on file and complete the FWS Eligibility Application.

Federal Direct Loan Programs

  • Direct Subsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need to help cover the costs of higher education at a college or career school.

  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, but eligibility is not based on financial need.

  • Direct PLUS Loans are loans made to graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid. Eligibility is not based on financial need, but a credit check is required. Borrowers who have an adverse credit history must meet additional requirements to qualify.
 
Maximum Annual Loan Limits Chart
Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
Grade Level Dependent Undergraduate Independent Undergraduate
Grade Level 1
(0-27 credits completed)
$5,500 - No more than $3,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. $9,500 – No more than $3,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.
Grade Level 2
(28 credits completed)
$6,500 - No more than $4,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. $10,500 – No more than $4,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.
Third and beyond (each year) – FCC cannot process loans at this level. $7,500 - No more than $5,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. $12,500 – No more than $5,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.
Maximum Total Aggregate Debt from Stafford Loans to complete entire Undergraduate Degree $31,000No more than $23,000 of the amount may be in subsidized loans. $57,500   - No more than $23,000 of this amount may be in subsidized loans.

State Financial Aid

Community College Promise Scholarships
The Community College Promise Scholarship is available to students who graduated from a Maryland high school or received their GED in the state. Students must enroll full-time in an associate degree or credit-bearing certificate, be eligible for the in-state tuition rate, submit their FAFSA or MSFAA by 3/1, demonstrate financial need, meet specific high school GPA/GED scores or community college GPA, meet specific adjusted gross income (AGI) limits, and submit all required documents to MHEC by 6/30. Students are required to accept this award in MDCAPS if they are offered the award.

Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant
The GA Grant is available to full-time students who enroll in an associate degree, are eligible for the in-state tuition rate, submit their FAFSA or MSFAA by 3/1, demonstrate financial need, meet specific high school GPA/GED Scores, and submit all required documents to MHEC by 4/1. Students are required to accept this award in MDCAPS if they are offered the award.

Educational Assistance (EA) Grant
The EA Grant is available to full-time students who enroll in an associate degree, are eligible for the in-state tuition rate, submit their FAFSA or MSFAA by 3/1, and demonstrate financial need. Students are required to accept this award in MDCAPS if they are offered the award.

Campus Based Educational Assistance Grant (CBEAG)
The CBEAG is available to full-time students who enroll in an associate degree, are eligible for the in-state tuition rate, submit their FAFSA or MSFAA after 3/1, and demonstrate financial need. Students must submit a Drug-Free Pledge to be eligible and should monitor their myFCC email for instructions if they are offered this award.

Maryland Part-Time Grant (MDPTG)

  1. Must be a permanent resident of Maryland (this includes students and their parents, if they are a dependent student).
  2. Must have financial need as determined by the FAFSA or the MSFAA - EFC limit is 9,000 OR dually enrolled students must receive Free & Reduced Meals (FARM) as verified by FCPS.
  3. Shall not have any C-codes that impact eligibility for Title IV aid (ex: cannot be in default on a student loan)
  4. Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  5. Must be enrolled 3 to 11 credits
  6. Preference is given to students that were offered the EA/GA Grants but were enrolled less-than-full-time.
  7. Preference is given to early FAFSA applicants (March 1st) and then by lowest EFC
  8. Shall not receive the MDPTG for more than eight years
  9. Shall not receive an EA Grant < 12 appeal and a MDPTG in the same semester (this applies to all allied health students)
  10. Shall not be awarded for Courses Not Used (CNU)
  11. A full-time student who is enrolled in CNUs shall not be awarded MDPTG for the eligible coursework
  12. Students with a bachelor's degree may be awarded MDPTG
  13. Must be enrolled in an associates program or be a dually enrolled student
  14. Student must sign the Drug-Free Pledge via PerfectForm or in MDCAPS when accepting an EA/GA offer


Award amounts
Award should be posted per term based on the chart below:

Credits per term Dependent Independent
3-5 $200 $300
6-8 $300 $400
9-11 $400 $500
 

Awards are based on the student's enrollment in required coursework at the time the award is disbursed.

Awards are not guaranteed as they will be made based on the availability of funds.

Delegate Scholarship
The State of Maryland Delegate Scholarship is offered by the local State Delegates to Maryland residents who plan to pursue a post-secondary credential full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits per semester).

Students should contact their local delegates for instructions on how to apply. For a list and contact information of the student's local delegates, please click here or visit the Maryland State Board of Elections website.

Senatorial Scholarship
Degree-seeking students and their parents (if they are a dependent student) must be Maryland residents and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) by 3/1.

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.

Charles W. Riley Firefighter & Ambulance & Rescue Squad Member Scholarship Program
The Riley scholarship is for students who are actively engaged as a career firefighter or ambulance rescue squad member in an organized fire department or ambulance/rescue squad in the State. Students can enroll full or part-time in an eligible undergraduate program (Fire service technology, emergency medical technology, fire service management, or public safety administration with a minor or concentration in fire service technology or fire service management). Eligible students must apply within MDCAPS and submit all required documents by 4/15. There are service obligation requirements with this award.

Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program
Students must be eligible for in-state tuition under the provisions of Education Article, Title 15, Annotated Code of Maryland, enroll full-time in an approved credit-bearing degree or an approved credit- bearing certificate program, be within two years of graduation from the individual’s credit-bearing degree or credit- bearing certificate program, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 while enrolled at FCC in an approved Cybersecurity field. Students receiving a Federal Cyber Corps Scholarships for Service are not eligible for this award. Students must apply within MDCAPS by 7/1.

Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant Program (WSSAG)
The Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) program is for students who plan on working in specific career/occupational programs upon graduation.  Eligible fields include: child care, human services, teaching, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, social work, and public service.

Interested students must apply and submit all required documents within MDCAPS by 7/1.

Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program and Jean B. Cryor Memorial Scholarship Program
Applicants must be: the son, daughter, stepchild, or the surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died as a result of military service or who suffered a service-connected 100% permanent disability as result of military service; a veteran who suffers a service-connected disability of 25% or greater, as a result of military service, and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal veterans’ educational benefits; the son, daughter, stepchild, or surviving spouse of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks who died as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the attack on the Pentagon in Virginia, or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania; a POW/MIA of the Vietnam Conflict or his/her son, daughter, or stepchild and was a resident of this State at the time the person was declared to be a prisoner of war or missing in action the son, daughter, stepchild, or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who died in the line of duty or who was 100 percent disabled in the line of duty; or a state or local public safety employee or volunteer who was 100 percent disabled in the line of duty; a veteran, as defined under § 9–901 of the State Government Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, who either suffers a service connected disability of 25% or greater and has exhausted or is no longer eligible for federal veterans’ educational benefits; the son, daughter, stepchild, or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a school employee who, as a result of an act of violence either died in the line of duty or sustained an injury in the line of duty that rendered the school employee 100% disabled.

Eligible students should email Shelby Metzgar in the Financial Aid Office at [email protected]. Applications are due by 7/15.

Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship
The Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance to United States armed forces personnel who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, and their sons, daughters, or spouses who are current high school seniors, and full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution.
Students must submit their FAFSA by 3/1 and submit the application and all required documents within MDCAPS by 3/1.

Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients
The Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients is available to foster care youth who are enrolled in an associate or vocational certificate. Students who believe this may qualify for this waiver should email Shelby Metzgar in the Financial Aid Office at [email protected].

Tuition Waiver for Homeless Youth
The Maryland Tuition Waiver for Homeless Youth is available to students enrolled in an associate or vocational certificate, who experience homelessness or being at risk of homelessness, as defined by the Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, at any time during the 24 months immediately preceding the student’s enrollment in a public institution of higher education or while the student is enrolled in a public institution of higher education.

Please submit your Homeless Youth Determination/Tuition Waiver request online at:  https://app.perfectforms.com/player.htm?f=a3OmgAUo

Contact Pamela Grzybowski, the FCC Single Point of Contact for Homeless Youth, in the Financial Aid Office at [email protected] for more information about this Tuition Waiver.

Tuition Waiver for Students with Disabilities
The SSI/SSDI waiver is available for students who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. This waiver can be used to cover any outstanding tuition charges after all financial aid, with the exception of loans, are applied. More information about this waiver can be found under the “Students with Disabilities Tuition Waiver” section of each semester’s Credit Course Schedule.

Other Costs Besides Tuition & Fees

Cost of Attendance
Look at the cost of attendance worksheet to help you budget your expenses.

Textbooks
It’s important to factor in the cost of textbooks when registering for classes and budgeting your expenses for the semester. The cost and number of textbooks required varies from course to course.

A few options are available when considering buying books.

New Textbooks. New books are full price but are in perfect condition. Buying new gives you the chance to take your own notes and make your own marks in a book.

Used Textbooks. Used books are less expensive and are still in good condition. They may have notes or highlighting from a previous owner, but are a more affordable option over new books.

Please note: You can not use financial aid to order books from the FCC Bookstore’s website. To use your financial aid to buy books, you visit the Bookstore with your student ID.

Textbook Buyback. Selling your books back to the FCC bookstore enables you to recoup a portion of your money. Not all books can be bought back, and there are factors that determine how much a book can be bought back for. 

Visit the Bookstore website, for contact and hours information.

Food
Dining Services offers food to go mealcards for your convenience.

Childcare

Transportation
Frederick County Transit Bus is available to and from the College. Schedules are available in the Center for Student Engagement, located in the Student Center, H-101, or the College Information Center, located in Jefferson Hall, J-101.

Frederick transit buses stop at the College from 6:40 a.m. – 9:40 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. on Saturday. Buses #60, #61 and #80 stop at FCC and drop off in front of Linganore Hall.

Discounted tickets can be purchased at the FCC Bookstore.

Service is available for riders with disabilities; call Transit Services at 301.694.2065 for information.

Click here for complete TransIT route and schedule information.

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