How to Get Money for College in Maryland


What are the types of financial aid?

What is FAFSA?

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA is a form you have to fill out to get federal financial aid. Colleges and Universities also use FAFSA to award state and college aid.  You will need a FSA ID to “sign” your online FAFSA, make corrections, and more. The process is free. Never pay to apply for federal financial aid.

To fill out the FAFSA you will need:

Note: Complete the FAFSA each year, starting on January 1. Be sure you meet application deadlines. The priority filing date for Maryland is March 1. Eligibility criteria is available at the Federal Student Aid website.


Ask people in your community about scholarships that may be available to you:



Contact the Social Science and History Department for current materials.  Scholarship books for minorities, veterans, women, and more.   

Beware of scams

Be careful where you find information.  For-profit companies try to sell you information you can get for free from scholarships books at your library, and Student Aid on the Web.

If you need more help

Chat with a librarian 24/7 through Maryland AskUsNow! Contact us through our Ask A Librarian Service, call (410) 396-5430, or write:

Enoch Pratt Free Library
State Library Resource Center
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201