The Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) Program is for students who plan on working in specific career/occupational programs upon graduation. Eligible fields include: child care, human services, teaching, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, social work, and public service. To be considered for the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant you must be a Maryland resident, and enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university each semester as either an undergraduate or graduate student.
Both merit and need-based criteria will be used when making awards. Applicants will be ranked by Grade Point Average (GPA) and then by need within each occupational field. Those students with the greatest need within each GPA range will be awarded first. Award amounts are set at the statutory minimum and are based on the type of institution and the student's enrollment status. Eligible majors and employment fields will be determined by the Workforce Shortage Advisory Council biennially and will address statewide and regional workforce needs.