New Program Starting July 2017!

Maryland Loan Assistance Repayment Program for Foster Care Recipients (MLARP-Foster Care)

MHEC is pleased to offer loan repayment assistance to foster care recipients who have been placed in an out-of-home placement by the State or local DSS for three years.


  • Must be an individual who was placed in an out-of-home placement by a state's or unit of a state government's department of social services for 3 years or more.
  • Must have earned either an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution of higher education in Maryland.
  • Must be employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week in state, county or municipal government in Maryland.
  • Must have higher education loans from a university, government, or commercial source that you used to pay college expenses. You may not be in default on a loan.​

Who may apply:

Foster care recipients who are employed by the State, county, or a municipality of the State.

How to apply: 

Complete an MLARP-Foster Care General application and submit any supplemental documentation by the established deadline.

Award amount is the lesser of:

$5,000 or 10% of the total higher education loan debt for each qualifying year​

Renewal Requirements:

Award is renewable for 3 years as long as recipient continues to meet eligibility requirements & sign a service obligation agreement agreeing to remain employed by the State, county, or mu- nicipal government for at least 1 year after the expiration of the term of the award.​

6 N. Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-3300