UMGC students who wish to utilize the Maryland Tuition Waivers for Homeless Youth or Foster Care Recipients to assist with the cost of their education may complete the application form below.

General Eligibility Requirements

To apply for either of these tuition waivers, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have (or will have at the time of application) a UMGC student ID number

  • Be under the age of 25 (or provide proof that you have previously received one of these waivers at another Maryland college/university)

  • Be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor's degree program at UMGC

  • Have completed the FAFSA for the current financial aid year

Waiver-Specific Requirements

Homeless Youth Tuition Waiver:

You must also meet both of the following criteria to be eligible for the Homeless Youth Tuition Waiver:

  1. You must be able to demonstrate that you have had a consistent presence in the State of Maryland for at least ONE year before enrolling at UMGC (examples of acceptable documentation to prove this include school, employment, or other records).

  2. You have been (or can be) verified as a homeless child or youth as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act at any time during the 24 months immediately preceding your enrollment at UMGC (or during your enrollment at UMGC) by an approved official (see FAQs below for details on approved officials who can verify this).

Foster Care Recipient Tuition Waiver:

You must also meet one of the following criteria to be eligible for the Foster Care Recipient Tuition Waiver:

  1. You were placed in an out-of-home placement by the Department of Human Services, and you resided in an out-of-home placement on your 18th birthday or at the time you graduated from high school/ completed your GED.

  2. You resided in an out-of-home placement on or after your 13th birthday for at least one year, and you were placed into guardianship, adopted, or reunited with at least one of your parents.

  3. You are the younger sibling of someone who meets criteria 1 or 2 above, and you were placed into guardianship or adopted out of an out-of-home placement by the same guardian or adoptive family, at the same time as your older sibling.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will my tuition waiver cover if I am eligible? +

  • Your approved tuition waiver will apply to tuition and fees only.

  • If you are determined to be eligible for one of the tuition waivers, you may continue to be exempt from paying tuition and fees until 10 years after first enrolling as a candidate for an associate, bachelor's, or a vocational certificate at a Maryland public institution of higher education, or until you are awarded a bachelor's degree.

  • You are eligible to use your approved tuition waiver for courses taken in the summer, fall, or spring terms here at UMGC.

What will happen after I submit my application? +

  • Once you have submitted your application, the UMGC Homeless and Foster Student Liaison or a member of the application review committee will review the information you submitted. You will be contacted by phone or email within 10 business days of the submission of your application to determine next steps.

  • If your application is approved, you will work with a member of the team to discuss all your financial aid options in addition to the tuition waiver.

  • If your application is denied, you will be notified of the reason for denial. If you feel your application was denied in error, you may submit a written appeal providing additional information and/or documentation. The appeal statement and documents must be emailed to FCHYliaison@umgc.edu, and will be reviewed within 30 days of submission of the appeal.

Who can I contact with questions about this application or the tuition waiver programs? +

You can send an email to the UMGC Homeless and Foster Student Liaison at FCHYliaison@umgc.edu.

Who is considered an approved official for purposes of verifying homeless youth status? +

Approved officials include

  • The director or designee of a governmental or nonprofit entity that receives public or private funding to provide services to persons experiencing homelessness

  • A local educational agency liaison for children and youth experiencing homelessness designated in accordance with the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

  • A school counselor

  • A school social worker

  • The director or a designee of a federal or state outreach and student services program designed to identify and provide services to economically disadvantaged individuals

  • The director or a designee of a federal or state program for providing early awareness and readiness for undergraduate programs

  • The director or designee of the director of a financial aid department at the public institution of higher education in which the youth in enrolled or seeks to enroll

I have already been determined to be eligible for one of these tuition waivers at another Maryland higher education institution. Do I need to apply for the tuition waiver again at UMGC? +

No, you do not need to apply for the tuition waiver again at UMGC. You can reach out to the school that previously approved your eligibility status for the tuition waiver, and request that they send records of your approval to FCHYliaison@umgc.edu.