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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance

For Dual Enrollment Students

Students are individually responsible for all Montgomery College tuition, fees, and textbook expenses.  

Tuition and fees vary, depending on the number of credit hours you take, your secondary school, and residency status. Students attending MCPS and other Maryland public high schools are eligible for a reduced rate during the fall, winter, and spring terms. 

The Montgomery College High School Grant is also available for Maryland residents with demonstrated need. This assistance may cover the cost of tuition, fees, and required textbooks depending on financial status, secondary school status, and availability of funds. Students MUST apply through MC in order to obtain the High School Grant. 

Tuition and Fees

MCPS and other Maryland Public School Students

Under the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act (CCRCCA) of 2013, dually enrolled students attending Maryland public high schools are not charged tuition for their college courses at MC during the fall, winter and spring terms. However, students are charged and responsible for all standard Montgomery College fees and textbooks associated with the college course. Additionally, students without demonstrated financial need are charged a fee by MCPS, as their Local Educational Agency (LEA), which will also appear on the bill and is collected  by MC on behalf of MCPS or other Maryland public schools. The total cost of all MC and LEA fees are less than the regular cost of MC tuition and fees. CCRCCA does not apply to students enrolled in college courses during the summer sessions. 

For more information, see Ways to Pay Your Montgomery College and MCPS Fees. 

Homeschooled, Private and Out of State Residents

All non-Maryland state public school students are required to pay the regular rate of tuition and fees based on residency status. Students are also responsible for all required textbooks associated with the college course. 

For more information, see Ways to Pay Your Montgomery College Tuition and Fees for non-public school students.

Financial Assistance

Dual Enrollment students are not eligible for federal financial aid (i.e., FAFSA). However, students may be eligible for a Montgomery College High School Grant to cover portions of required tuition and fees.  Additionally, MCPS students who qualify and apply for free and reduced-priced meals may also receive assistance in the fall, winter or spring terms.  

MC High School Grant Information

summer 2022 high school grant application 

Students currently enrolled in high school and seeking classes at Montgomery College (MC) may apply for a need-based grant under the provisions below.

Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) Students who are enrolled in college courses during the fall, winter or spring may be eligible for funds that pay the cost of Montgomery College fees, and required textbooks for each course(s) per semester, depending on financial need and available funds. The MC High School Grant does NOT cover MCPS (LEA) fees.  During the summer the grant may cover the cost of Montgomery College tuition, fees and required textbooks.

  • Under the Maryland College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013 (CCRCCA) a public institution may not charge tuition to Maryland public high school students seeking college courses during the fall, winter and spring. However, the student is still responsible for standard Montgomery College fees and the local education agency  (i.e. MCPS) charges a fee which is not covered by the MC high school grant. These provisions do not apply to summer enrollment.

Montgomery County Home-School Residents and Non-MCPS Maryland State Residents attending a secondary school in Maryland who are enrolled in college courses may be eligible for funds that pay the cost of Montgomery College tuition, fees, and required books for each course per semester, depending on available funds. Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applicant, and their parents, must be permanent residents of Maryland.  Student must be attending a secondary school in Maryland or is a registered Montgomery County home-schooled student.

Grant Award Details

1.  ADMISSION AND ENROLLMENT: Student must be properly admitted to Montgomery College and approved to take courses through MC’s Dual Enrollment to be eligible.  Grant awards will not be confirmed and funds will not be applied until after student is registered for a course. Student must be registered in a course prior to submitting an application.

2.  ONLINE APPLICATION: Student must submit a separate online grant application for each semester they are requesting aid to be eligible for an award.   

3.  FINANCIAL STATUS:  Grant eligibility requires documented proof of a 2020 federal adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less (found on IRS Form 1040). Student is instructed to complete and submit the online application confirming that their household income is below $100,000.

a.    Students whose family income situation has changed this year due to the COVID19 quarantine may be eligible for funds (with proper documentation).

4.  TAX FORMS: Students will submit the federal tax forms electronically through this application. DO NOT submit via mail, fax or e-mail. 

What tax information do you need?

  • The first two pages of the 1040 tax return, (State tax returns or W-2s are not accepted)
  • Tax return must have the student listed as a dependent
  • Tax return must be signed by the tax-filing parent, (If a student does not live with both parents, the custodial parent is the one the student lived with most during the past 12 months. If the custodial parent is remarried, the stepparent’s income must be included).  
  • Tax filer must sign tax return regardless of who prepared the tax document.  
  • Inaccurate or incomplete tax returns received will void the grant award and student will be responsible for the full cost of the course and textbooks.

VIEW SAMPLE TAX RETURN (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

5. NON-TAX FILERS:  If your parent/guardian does not file taxes please send an email to with an explanation and supporting documents.

The high school grant covers the cost of required textbooks for the course(s) listed on the student’s class schedule. 

  • Instructions on how to obtain textbooks will be e-mailed to each student once their grant is approved.
  • Course textbooks will be available to order online through the MC bookstore website only.
  • Students will get FREE ground shipping.  Student is responsible for expedited shipping and will be billed accordingly.
  • Textbooks must be ordered through the online bookstore by the posted deadline.  Late starting and summer classes will be ordered for the student by the dual enrollment office.
  • Student will not be reimbursed for textbooks purchased outside of the HS grant’s textbook pickup instructions and deadline for pickup.
  • The student is responsible for purchasing any items other than the required textbooks associated with the grant, including optional/suggested textbooks, apparel and school/computer/art/music supplies etc. 
  • Student must return the textbook to MC if they drop or withdraw from a course and may be financially responsible for a non-returned textbook.

Grant deadlines: The completed online High School Grant Application MUST be received by MC no later than:

  • Summer I May 20th, 2022
  • Summer II July 1st, 2022
  • Fall August 12th, 2022

How to Apply

    • Student must fill out an ONLINE GRANT APPLICATION  for each semester they wish to apply to be eligible.  Upon completion an e-mail confirmation along with an electronic .pdf copy of their application will automatically be sent to the MC e-mail address provided.  
  • STEP TWO: 
    • Go to your MC e-mail address and confirm that you have received the e-mail confirmation and electronic .pdf copy of application.
    • When contacted by a Montgomery College staff member, submit  federal income tax return electronically.

Reasons why your HS Grant is delayed or not approved:

  1. You did not submit a grant application for the semester you intend to take classes.
  2. You are not registered for a class you requested the grant for.
  3. You did not submit the required federal tax forms or letter of explanation.
  4. You submitted the tax forms but it did not have the right information (see grant instructions above)
  5. You submitted a grant application or financial information AFTER the posted deadline.
  6. You did not meet one or more of the criteria to be approved for the grant.

If you have any questions regarding the MC High School Grant, contact the Dual Enrollment office at  or the MC Scholarships office at