Grants are based on financial need and generally do not need to be repaid. They may come from federal, state, or college sources. Information provided on the FAFSA determines ones eligibility.


Federal Grants

Most grants and scholarships from the federal government are for eligible students who demonstrate financial need through their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The maximum annual Pell Grant for the award year may change from year to year according to Congressional appropriation. Pell Grant eligibility is based on the expected family contribution (EFC) as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is directed toward students with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to students who also qualify for a Federal Pell Grant.

State Grants

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) offers and administers a variety of grants to Maryland residents. A FAFSA must be received by MHEC by March 1st to be considered for most of these awards.

Maryland Residents

Howard P. Rawlings Program of Educational Excellence Awards:

    Guaranteed Access Grant​​ - a need-based grant that provides financial assistance to eligible applicants enrolled at Washington College. Award amounts are up to $20,000/year.

     Educational Assistance Grant - a need-based grant that provides financial assistance to eligible applicants enrolled at Washington College. Award amounts are up to $3,000/year.

     Campus-Based Educational Assistance Grant - a need-based financial aid program that assists students who were not considered for the Educational Assistance Grant.

    Part-time Grant - part-time, degree seeking students are eligible as well as students dually enrolled in a Maryland high school and Washington College. 

Delegate and Senatorial Scholarships


Institutional Grants

Washington College offers Institutioanl grants.

Awarded to students who have financial need according to the FAFSA. These grants are renewable as long as the recipient continues to demonstrate need and maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Award amounts are calculated using direct costs. If you move off campus at any point, your award may be adjusted due to a reduction in these costs. Direct costs include costs billed by the college such as tuition and fees, room and meals. 

WC Need-Based Grants do not need to be repaid.  However, the College hopes that recipients will recognize they have incurred an obligation and therefore subsequently contribute as they can to help ensure that the benefits they enjoyed are available to others.

Students who wish to be considered for Washington College Need-Based  Grants must complete the FAFSA by the annual published deadline date.

The Flock Grant

Just by completing your FAFSA you will be eligible to receive a Flock Grant; no matter your elegibilty for need.

Renewable for up to four years as long as the student renews their FAFSA and maintains 2.0 cumulative GPA.