The 2024 application period is now open until 11:59 p.m. on May 31.

Note: Be sure you have completed the Program’s eligibility requirements. In accordance with the Maryland Code, the Office of the Comptroller of Maryland, is required to verify the income level you provided. For additional details, please see “How do I apply?

Save4College State Contribution Program

You could be eligible for a $250 or $500 State contribution with a College Investment Plan Account. It’s easy to apply with the online application.

How do I apply?

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Simply log in to your Maryland College Investment Plan Account and select Apply Now to get started. 

Maryland State Contribution Program
Online Application

You can also download and print an application.

Need to open a Maryland College Investment
Plan (MCIP) Account to apply?

Note: Be sure to complete the Program’s eligibility requirements. In accordance with the Maryland Code, the Office of the Comptroller of Maryland is required to verify the income level you provided. Please see additional details below.

How does it work?

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The Save4College State Contribution Program is designed to help lower to middle-income households in Maryland save money for higher education. Your savings can be used at nearly any public, private, or technical college nationwide—and even international universities that have a federal school code—for qualified eligible education expenses such as tuition, fees, room and board, etc.

To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

Account Holder must:

Be a Maryland resident

Be at least 18 years old

Have adjusted gross income that does not exceed $112,500 as an individual or $175,000 as a married couple filing jointly (based on the previous taxable year)

If filing taxes in Maryland, file taxes by July 15

The July 15 deadline is regardless of other tax-deadline extensions that may be available in Maryland

This does not revise the normal State deadline of April 15

Have not received $9,000 in prior State contributions

Make the minimum contribution to the applied-for Account(s) no later than November 1

Beneficiary must:

Be a Maryland resident

Be under the age of 26 years in the calendar year before the Account Holder submits an application

Example: For the 2024 application year, the Beneficiary is eligible if they are 25 years old or younger on December 31, 2023

General requirements:

The Maryland College Investment Plan Account for which you apply must have been opened after December 31, 2016

Only 1 application per Account Holder/Beneficiary relationship can be submitted

A Beneficiary may only receive 2 State contributions in any year

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on May 31

Maryland Adjusted Gross Income

Individual Joint Minimum Contribution State Contribution
$49,999 or less $74,999 or less $25 $500
$50,000 - $87,499 $75,000 - $124,999 $100 $500
$87,500 - $112,500 $125,000 - $175,000 $250 $250

The Save4College State Contribution Program is subject to changes by the Maryland General Assembly. If legislation is passed that would affect the current application period, updates will be posted here.

If you open an Account to apply for the Save4College State Contribution Program, the initial contribution requirement that generally applies to new Accounts will be waived. To be eligible to receive the State contribution, however, you must make the minimum contribution of $25, $100, or $250, based on your household income (as verified by the Office of the Comptroller of Maryland), no later than November 1. You must make the minimum contribution into the Account(s) in which you applied for the State contribution.

If the applicant is determined eligible and makes the required contribution no later than 11:59pm on November 1, and if the State provides program funding, State contributions will be received by December 31 of the calendar year in which the Account Holder made the contribution.

If you receive a State contribution for any Account in a given year, you are not eligible for the income subtraction on your State taxes for contributions that you made to that or any other MCIP Account in that year. Current MCIP Account Holders who do not receive a State contribution, however, are still eligible to receive a Maryland income subtraction of up to $2,500 per year, per Beneficiary for contributions made to the MCIP Account.

Click here to access Frequently Asked Questions. You may also call 888.4MD.GRAD (888.463.4723) and select Option 1, or email info@marylandcollegeinvestmentplan.org.

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