Who is Eligible?

  • To be eligible, a student must:

    • Be a Baltimore City resident and a 2020 high school graduate.
    • Enroll at BCCC for the term immediately following high school graduation.
    • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), if the student is eligible to apply for State and Federal financial aid. Students who do not qualify for FAFSA based on income or immigrant status can contact admissions at bcccadmissions@bccc.edu
    • Participate in the Mayor’s Scholars Summer Bridge Program, which is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2020. Mayor’s Scholars are automatically enrolled in the Summer Bridge Program and must participate to enroll in Fall 2020 classes.

What expenses does the Mayor’s Scholars Program cover?

  • The program covers BCCC tuition and mandatory college fees. It does not cover textbooks, transportation, food and other out-of-pocket costs. 

Can students attend a four-year college for free?

  • Coppin State University has offered to provide scholarships covering full tuition to Mayor’s Scholars who graduate with an Associate’s Degree from BCCC. Depending on student grades and other criteria, students may be eligible for scholarships and grants at Maryland colleges and around the country.


What is a last-dollar scholarship?

  • The Mayor’s Scholars Program is a last-dollar scholarship that funds the difference between a student’s State and Federal financial aid award and the cost of tuition and mandatory fees at BCCC. Because it is “last-dollar,” all students who are eligible must submit a FAFSA. 

What if a student is not eligible for state and federal financial aid?

  • If a student submits a FAFSA and is determined not eligible for State or Federal financial aid due to household income, the student will still receive the Mayor’s Scholars Program scholarship, if all other criteria are met. 

How can students get assistance to complete their FAFSAs?

  • Students and their parents can get help completing FAFSAs from their high school guidance counselors, CollegeBound counselors and BCCC’s financial aid office. The FAFSA process can be long, as many students are required to confirm or provide additional information after initial submission. Students should begin the FAFSA process early.


What BCCC programs are included?

  • Mayor’s Scholars can enroll in any BCCC associate degree, certificate or eligible job training program. Nursing and health professions require a separate admissions process. 

Does the Mayor’s Scholars Program scholarship apply to certified job training programs?

  • Yes, students interested in taking a certified job training program at BCCC can be part of the Mayor’s Scholars Program. They do not need to fill out FAFSA, but they should still submit an application to BCCC by June 26, 2020. Eligible certified job training programs will help prepare students for high-demand careers in health care, construction and transportation, and information technology/cybersecurity.

Is there a minimum GPA required?

  • A minimum GPA is not required to enter the Mayor’s Scholars Program. Students, however, must be enrolled full-time (12 credits or more for associate degree), remain in good academic standing and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA while attending BCCC.

How long does the scholarship last?

  • The Mayor’s Scholars Program will cover tuition and mandatory fees for up to three years for an associate degree or one and a half times the expected completion time of any BCCC certificate or certified job training program.

Are students who graduate from private, parochial or homeschooling eligible?

  • Yes. Any student who lives in Baltimore City and graduates from high school in 2020 is eligible to enroll in the Mayor’s Scholars Program for the 2020-21 academic year. This is a change in the eligibility requirements from the previous year.

Are immigrant students eligible for the Mayor’s Scholars Program?

  • Yes. Students are eligible regardless of their immigration status. All information regarding immigration status will remain confidential. Students with certain immigrant statuses such as Special Juvenile Visa holders, T and U Visa holders, asylum seekers and undocumented students should not complete a FAFSA.

Can students wait to start classes until Spring 2020?

  • No. Students must begin BCCC classes in the summer of 2020 as part of the required Summer Bridge Program which begins on July 1, 2020. The 2020 BCCC Summer Bridge is scheduled Monday-Friday from July 1 to August 9, 2020. 

What is the Summer Bridge Program?

  • A six-week program of orientation and support designed to ease the transition from high school to college or career. Students tour campus facilities and meet key faculty, advisors and student leaders. Students take academic classes or begin their job training program, meet city leaders, participate in enrichment activities, and have fun while building valuable relationships.

Can Summer Bridge students get paid to attend the Summer Bridge Program?

  • Yes, students who are eligible to work in the U.S. can be paid through YouthWorks. The deadline to register for YouthWorks is March 1, 2020. Students who do not register for YouthWorks by March 1, 2020, can attend the Summer Bridge without being paid. 

How do students register for YouthWorks?

  • Registering for YouthWorks is a two-step process, and all students who wish to be paid by YouthWorks must complete both steps. The first step is to register online. Visit youthworks.oedworks.com for information and to complete the online application. Online application begins January 2, 2020, and applications are due March 1, 2020.

    The second step is to verify that all students who will be paid by YouthWorks have permission to work in the United States. Students may schedule verification appointments from January 28 to March 30, 2020. Afternoon verification appointments are held after school and on Saturdays (in March only).

    Weekday verification appointments are held when City schools are closed or in half-day session. No verification appointments will be held on Mondays in March. Limited rescheduled verification appointments can take place before March 1, and no rescheduled verification appointments will take place after March 1.

What if the student does not qualify for YouthWorks?

  • Students may be compensated to attend the Summer Bridge Program either through YouthWorks or a CASA scholarship depending on work authorization. 

Can students have another job while attending Summer Bridge?

  • Yes. Students will spend approximately 25 hours per week during the Summer Bridge Program at BCCC, allowing students to devote time outside of class and homework to additional paid work. 

Additional questions?

  • Email msp@bccc.edu to learn more about free tuition through the Mayor’s Scholar Program