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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 (88%) to provide need-based grants and scholarships to Maryland residents. 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 $9.6 million in capital improvement grants from the State to support renovation and construction projects for fiscal 2017an investment which will leverage more than $46 million in private resources and support more than 400 new jobs, contributing to Maryland's economic recovery. The projects will enable three MICUA institutions to accommodate growing student enrollment and increased faculty by replacing obsolete or structurally unsound buildings with state-of-the-art facilities. Read more

Federal Student Aid

The Pell Grant Program, campus-based aid, and federal student loans are essential to ensuring college access and success, regardless of family income. The Pell Grant Program is the nation’s largest student financial aid program and is available to financially needy undergraduate students to help pay for postsecondary education. More than 128,000 students attending Maryland’s colleges and universities received Pell Grant awards last year. One in four undergraduate students attending the MICUA member institutions are Pell Grant eligible. 

MICUA supports continuation of two important campus-based aid programsthe Federal Work-Study (FWS) program and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) program. The FWS program provides part-time jobs to undergraduate and graduate students. Jobs may be held during the regular academic year or during the summer months. As much as possible, the jobs are matched to students’ academic majors or career goals. Students’ jobs may be either on campus, in nonprofit agencies, or at for-profit businesses. The FWS program benefits families, students, employers, and campuses. Students participating in the program earn money to pay for college costs and gain valuable work experiences. More than 8,000 students at Maryland higher education institutions participated in the FWS program last year.   

The SEOG program provides grant aid to undergraduate students who attend postsecondary education institutions. SEOG recipients must have exceptional financial need. The first priority for awards must be given to students who receive the largest Pell Grants. Almost 18,000 students at Maryland colleges and universities received SEOG awards last year.

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.