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MICUA Priorities

The Sellinger Program

For over 230 years, Maryland has provided support to its independent, nonprofit colleges and universities. For the past 40 years, that support has come from the Sellinger Program. The Program awards State aid to independent colleges through a formula linked to their enrollment and to the per-student appropriation of selected four-year public institutions. This self-adjusting formula remains in effect today and continues to be a national model.

Through the Sellinger Program, the State provides modest grants to eligible independent colleges and universities, which are used to support Maryland’s goals for higher education as established in the State Plan for Postsecondary Education. Today, the independent colleges and universities use the vast majority of the Sellinger funds (91%) to provide need-based grants and scholarships to Maryland residents. Funds are also used to increase access, improve student success, and inspire innovation. As a result, Marylanders have greater access, choice, and opportunities to enroll in college and pursue their dreams.

By partnering with its independent colleges and universities, the State of Maryland is able to offer a broader array of higher education opportunities to more students in every region of the State and at a lower cost for State taxpayers. Read more

Capital Projects

MICUA is requesting $13.6 million in capital improvement grants from the State to support four renovation and construction projects for fiscal 2020—an investment which will leverage more than $106 million in private resources and support more than 850 new construction jobs. These grants will support capital projects at Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, Mount St. Mary’s University, and Stevenson University. These projects are well-aligned with the goals identified in the latest Maryland State Plan for Postsecondary Education and support important local initiatives in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Frederick County. Once completed, these academic facilities will provide future employment for faculty, researchers, staff, and student workers. Read more

Federal Student Aid

Adequate funding for Pell Grants, campus-based aid, and student loans remains a top priority for Maryland’s independent colleges and universities and is essential to the future strength and competitiveness of the nation. As Congress considers changes in this area, it must protect the essential role of federal student aid in providing access, choice, and opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students regardless of family income. Read more

Maryland Student Aid

The State of Maryland has an extensive array of financial aid programs in the form of grants, scholarships, and other awards for students who want to further their education beyond high school. To learn more about the State’s financial aid programs, click here.