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If you fall into one of the following student groups, you may qualify for a tuition waiver or reduction.

In every case, all fees that are not waived must be paid on or before the due date:

Students with Disabilities

For Maryland residents who are certified as disabled by the Social Security Administration (SSI or SSDI), the college waives tuition charges for credit and certain qualified noncredit continuing education courses. Students are required to file the FAFSA and notify the Cashier’s office that a Social Security waiver is on file every term.

See below for detailed instructions.

Senior Adults

For Maryland residents 60 years and older, the college waives tuition charges for credit and eligible continuing education courses.

Learn more about registering as a senior adult.

Foster Care and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

A Maryland Foster Care and Maryland Unaccompanied Homeless Youth recipient is exempt from paying tuition and mandatory fees if the recipient:

  • Is enrolled on or before the recipient reaches the age of 25.
  • Continues to be exempt from paying tuition and fees until 5 years after first enrolling and pursuing an associate degree.
  • Is enrolled full or part time for an associate, bachelors, or a vocational certificate at a Maryland public institution of higher education.
  • Meets all other financial aid eligibility criteria.

Early College High School Students

Qualifying Maryland high school students who are at least 16 years of age are eligible for a 50% tuition waiver through the Early College Access Program (ECAP).

Learn more about ECAP.

Maryland Dream Act

The Maryland Dream Act allows certain high school graduates who are undocumented immigrants, and who meet the prescribed requirements, the opportunity to qualify for special tuition rates at AACC.

Learn more about the Maryland Dream Act.


Social Security Waivers

In accordance with Maryland law [Maryland General Assembly House Bill 104 on October 1, 2011 (for credit courses) and amended with House Bill 53 on July 1, 2012 (to include non-credit courses)], the college waives tuition charges for credit and certain qualified noncredit continuing education courses for Maryland residents who are certified as retired or disabled by the Social Security Administration.

To apply for the Social Security Waiver you must be a Maryland resident.

CREDIT STUDENTS

If you are a credit student, you will need to provide a social security waiver form from an official of the Social Security Administration (or Railroad Retirement board or former federal employer) that you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits and are permanently disabled. Return the original waiver form to the Cashier's office on the Arnold campus prior to the beginning of the semester with your required payment.

If your SSI or SSDI waiver form is already on file with AACC, you will need to notify the Cashier's Office each semester that you intend to use the waiver.

SSI or SSDI waiver forms are valid for one year from the date signed by the Social Security Administration.

Download a Social Security Waiver Form

Degree & Certificate Seekers

If you’re working toward a credit certificate or degree, you’re required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Credit certificate and degree seekers are eligible for up to 12 credits of tuition charges to be waived by Social Security. Any student financial aid, other than a student loan, will be applied first to your tuition.

Learn more about applying for financial aid.

Credit Nondegree Seekers 

If you’re a credit student, not seeking a degree or certificate and taking 6 credits or less, the FAFSA is not required. You’re eligible for up to 6 credits of tuition charges to be waived by Social Security.

Please note, the SSI or SSDI waiver alone will not keep a student from being dropped for non-payment. Payment is required.

NONCREDIT OR CONTINUING EDUCATION STUDENTS

Noncredit students may now have the Social Security Waiver applied to certain qualified noncredit continuing education courses (those designed to lead to employment, including life skills).

Learn more about Social Security waivers for noncredit studies.