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Financial Aid for Continuing Education Courses

If you require financial assistance for a noncredit course, there are several options available to you based on eligibility. Although it may take some time to apply for job training funds, you are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. Feel free to contact the college to ask for assistance with financial aid or the course search process.

Your financial assistance options include:  

Continuing Education Job Training Scholarship
­This need-based scholarship will pay up to $1,000 toward the costs of approved training.  See a List of Eligible Certificates PDFOpen Enrollment CoursesPDF, and the 2014-2015 application PDF for the Continuing Education Job Training Scholarship.

Continuing Education Payment Plan
For more information, click here.

Disability Tuition Waiver
If you are a Maryland resident who is out of the workforce by reason of total and permanent disability, you may be eligible for a disability tuition waiver which can be applied towards certain noncredit continuing education courses.  Under Maryland law, qualified noncredit courses are those designed to lead to employment including life skills.  Click here for a list of courses that qualify for the disability tuition waiver.  For tuition to be waived under the disability waiver, the student must:

  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at
  • Submit a completed Certification for Noncredit Tuition Waiver form to the Cashier’s Office.  The form must be signed and certified by the Social Security Administration(or Railroad Retirement Board or former federal employer) and is valid for one year from the date signed. 

Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
If you have a disability the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) can determine your eligibility for job training with state funding. Call 410-412-7090 to make an appointment.

Private Student Loans
Students in certain continuing education courses may be eligible to apply for private student loans. These loans are not part of the federal student loan program and they do require a credit check.

Philip and Carole Ratcliffe Entrepreneurial Scholarship
If you need to take courses on starting your own business or running your own business smarter and leaner, you may be eligible for the college’s Philip and Carole Ratcliffe Entrepreneurial Scholarship

Veterans' Benefits
If you are eligible to receive Veterans benefits through yourself, your parents, or spouse, the following Continuing Education programs have been approved for VA benefits: 

WIA Training Funds
If you have lost your job, are a displaced or dislocated worker, or fit a number of other qualifiers, make an appointment at the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp. to find out if you qualify for federal WIA job training funds. Call AAWDC at 410-424-3240 to register for a free information session.