Special Tuition Rates and Waivers

If you fit into one of these special categories or are pursuing certain degrees, you may be eligible for reduced or waived tuition.

Active Duty Military and Their Dependents

Active Duty Military and their dependents are immediately eligible for in-county/in-state tuition rates.

See Tuition Assistance Programs for Active-Duty Servicemembers and Spouses for more information.

Veterans and their dependents are eligible for VA educational benefits. See VA Education Benefits for more information.

Maryland National Guard Members Half-Tuition Waiver

Maryland National Guard members who meet certain criteria may be eligible for a 50 percent tuition waiver. 

You are eligible for a 50% tuition waiver if:

  • You are a member of the Maryland National Guard for a minimum of 24 months
  • You enroll in an eligible class (according to Md. (Educ.) Code Ann. Section 16-403)

National Guard Members may register during regular registration. See National Guard Half-Tuition Waiver for more information.

Tuition Waiver for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may be eligible for a tuition waiver.

Maryland law defines the tuition waiver for students with disabilities as those out of the workforce by reason of total and permanent disability and entering community colleges. 

Eligibility:

  1. Any resident of Maryland who is out of the workforce because of a permanent disability as defined by the Social Security Act, the Railroad Retirement Act, or in the case of former federal employees, the Office of Personnel Management, and enrolls in a community college class that has at least 10 regularly enrolled students, may be eligible for a tuition waiver.
  2. The waiver is available for enrolling in up to 6 credits per semester without declaring a degree or certificate program. Any further credits, up to 12 credits per semester, will require you to enroll in a degree program, or a certificate program that leads to employment. Letter of Recognition and noncredit courses are not eligible for the waiver. *This waiver does not cover courses taken for audit.
  3. You are required to apply for financial aid and submit your FAFSA by the priority deadline to receive this waiver (additional information is below.)
  4. Individuals receiving SSI or SSDI benefits as a dependent or survivor of a disabled beneficiary do not qualify for this waiver. 

The Student Will:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid by March 1 for fall courses, November 1 for spring courses, or April 1 for summer courses.
  2. Obtain a Certification for Tuition Waiver form (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  3. Take the form to the Social Security Administration office that serves your area, or, if appropriate, to the Railroad Retirement Board or the federal agency from which you retired due to disability to have your form signed and certified that you are receiving SSI or SSDI payments and are permanently disabled.
  4. Return the completed Certification for Tuition Waiver form to the Office of Enrollment Services by the end of the third week of the fall or spring semester, or by the end of the first week of the summer or winter term. Your form should include a major/curriculum title and curriculum code for a degree program or a certificate program if you plan to enroll in more than 6 credits per semester.
  5. Register for credit classes.

Adjustments to your account will be made approximately halfway through the semester or term in which you are registered or after your financial aid is awarded if you are a late applicant.

Limitations:

  • If you did not submit your FAFSA by the priority deadline for the first semester in the academic year that you wish to register, you will not qualify for the disability tuition waiver for that particular semester.
  • The tuition waiver does not apply to fees.
  • You may have up to 12 credit hours covered by the waiver each semester. (The waiver is available for enrolling up to 6 credits per semester without declaring a degree or certificate program. Any further credits, up to 12 credits per semester, will require you to enroll in a degree program, or a certificate program that leads to employment. Letter of Recognition is not eligible for the waiver.) *This waiver does not cover courses taken for audit.
  • If you drop a class before the end of the third week of the semester, or before the end of the first week of either summer session, it will not be included in the Disability Tuition Waiver. You will owe the tuition and fees for that class.
  • In accordance with the Maryland General Assembly guideline, Montgomery College will discontinue the tuition waiver if you enroll in a course with less than 10 regularly enrolled students.
  • This process applies to Maryland residents. Students who reside out of state will not qualify for the disability tuition waiver.
Senior Tuition Waiver

Students aged 60 years and older may be eligible for a tuition waiver. 

Seniors who wish to take advantage of the tuition waiver must register during the Senior Registration period (the final three days of registration). The tuition waiver does not apply during regular registration. The waiver is on a space-available basis. Those eligible for tuition waivers who wish to pay full tuition and fees may register at any time during regular registration.

To qualify for this program, you must:

  • Be a Maryland resident
  • Be 60 years of age or older at the time of registration
  • Register online for classes during the final 3 days of registration and not before (View Important Dates and Deadlines)

Waiver requirements:

  • You will still be responsible for paying required fees.
  • You need to check the Important Dates and Deadlines page for the date the waiver goes into effect.  You will be responsible for full tuition and fees if you register prior to the listed date.
  • Waivers are given on a space-available basis.
Business and Industry Tuition Rate Agreements

Businesses or other organizations in Maryland may be able to offer their employees or members College tuition and fees at the in-county residence rate, regardless of their home address.

To be eligible, the courses taken must benefit the employer, and the employer must pay for the courses directly or through an employee reimbursement program.

Detailed instructions are provided on the Business and Industry form (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) , which must be submitted each semester that students take courses. Your agreement must be received by the Office of Admissions and Records before the end of the third week of classes in the fall and spring semesters, and the first week of summer and winter terms.

Statewide Programs

The Maryland Higher Education Commission designates some community college programs as statewide programs. Students may enroll in any of these programs at the same rates as in-county residents if a particular program is not offered by the local community college, or if the student cannot enroll due to an enrollment limit.

The following Montgomery College programs are approved as statewide: Fire and Arson Investigation (Certificate); Fire and Emergency Services Management (AAS); Fire Prevention Technology (AAS and Certificate); Fire Protection Technology (AAS and Certificate); Graphic Design (AFA); Studio Art (AFA); and Technical Writing (Certificate). 

Contact the Office of Enrollment Services for more information.

Health Workforce Shortage Program

Maryland residents who enroll in Health Workforce Shortage Programs, as identified by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, may pay the in-county tuition rate of each school on a space-available basis.

Health Workforce Shortage Programs have been identified by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Maryland residents may enroll in any of these programs and pay the in-county tuition rate of each school on a space-available basis. These programs are subject to change. 

The following Montgomery College programs have been identified as Health Workforce Shortage Programs:

  • Biotechnology (AAS)
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AAS)
  • Health Information Management (AAS)
  • Medical Coder/Abstractor/Biller (Certificate)
  • Mental Health Associate (AAS)
  • Nursing (AAS)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (AAS)
  • Polysomnography (Certificate)
  • Radiologic (X-Ray) Technology (AAS)
  • Surgical Technology (AAS)

Contact the Office of Enrollment Services for more information. 

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