The Nonpublic Textbook Program provides secular textbooks and computer hardware and software for loan to participating nonpublic schools and provides additional funding to nonpublic schools in which a portion of the student enrollment qualifies for free or reduced-price meals.
The program is the gateway to other MSDE programs for nonpublic schools, such as the Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Scholarship Program and the Nonpublic Aging Schools Program (NASP).
This funding opportunity is designed for nonpublic schools registered to operate in the state of Maryland as well as licensed child care providers that operate an approved Pre-K education program.. To be eligible to participate, a nonpublic school must complete the online application, and
Hold a certificate of approval from or be registered with the State Board of Education;
Not charge more tuition to a participating student than $19,821; and
Has incorporated language into its student handbook as required by Annotated Code of Maryland Code,
Education Article §26-704(c).
MSDE does not distribute funds to nonpublic schools. Rather, MSDE orders and pays for the textbooks and computer hardware or software from qualified vendors on behalf of the nonpublic schools. The materials requested must be for loan to students for individual student use, must be secular in character, and must be acceptable for use in any public elementary or secondary school in Maryland. For additional guidance and examples, see the Program Information Guide.
Participating nonpublic schools place orders electronically through an online portal. MSDE program staff review the schools’ requisitions. If they are approved, then they are converted by MSDE into contracts (purchase orders) with vendors. Materials are drop-shipped by vendors directly to the schools, and the schools affix MSDE property labels to the materials. MSDE makes payments directly to the vendors. Schools must confirm delivery of items.
Contact the individuals at the bottom of this page. MSDE will hold several customer service support sessions for interested applicants. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will review what applicants need to get started, the program requirements, as well as a walk-through of the application. To attend a session, click a session link below:
October 26, 2023 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.View the recording
November 1, 2023 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.View the recording
January 23, 2024 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.View the recording
February 7, 2024 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.View the recording
January 11, 2024 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.View the recording
January 16, 2024 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Here's what you should know:
Vendors must email invoices to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that the purchase order number (PO#) is noted on the invoice. MSDE is a tax-exempt organization, so please do not include taxes.
Electronic payment is faster! Vendors are encouraged to get set up to receive electronic payments by completing the
Comptroller of Maryland's ACH/Direct Deposit form and mailing it to the address on the form.
Purchase orders will be sent to the email address we have on file. Not sure if we have the right one? Send us an email at
You can check the status of payments by logging into the
Comptroller's General Accounting Division's vendor portal.
Sandra GrantProgram Manager, Office of Grants Administration & ComplianceOffice: (410) email@example.com
Nicole ObregonSpecial Fiscal Programs Administrator, Office of Grants Administration & ComplianceOffice: (410) firstname.lastname@example.org