Education Support Professionals - Bonus and Report


Senate Bill 831 establishes bonus payments to local education agency (LEA) education support professionals (ESPs) in Fiscal Year 2024. An ESP is a “noncertified education support professional;” that is, an ESP is a noncertified public school employee designated as part of a bargaining unit under state law. This can include teacher aides, library aides, other aides, and noncertificated school personnel that do not have an educational function, such as bus drivers, food service workers, and non-instructional professional staff, such as counselors and social workers.

When will the application be open?

This Program Information Guide was released on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Application Submission Date

Friday, January 26, 2024. No later than 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Customer Service Support Sessions

MSDE will hold two customer service support sessions for those interested. During the sessions, MSDE personnel will provide an overview of the application process.

The sessions will be held on:

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Video Call Link
Or dial: (US) +1 417-501-4324, PIN 460 613 365#

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Video Call Link
Or dial: (US) +1 320-400-3274, PIN 613 525 328#


If you have questions, please contact the Program Manager:

Stephanie Cochran
Program Manager
Maryland State Department of Education 
Office: (410) 767-0533

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers will be posted to the MSDE website following customer service support sessions.


Program Information Guide (PDF)

Data Collection

Frequently Asked Questions (Version 2)