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Social Security Disability Waiver Rules Information

Due to changes in Maryland State law, (Maryland General Assembly House Bill 104 on October 1, 2011 and amended with House Bill 53 on July 1, 2012) AACC has made changes to the process regarding the Disability Waivers Policy for Maryland residents who are certified as Retired for Disability (SSI) as well as Students with Disabilities (SSDI). The new rules for the SSI and SSDI waivers were implemented for credit courses beginning as of October 1, 2011. The new rules for the SSI and SSDI waivers were amended for noncredit continuing education courses beginning as of July 1, 2012. Information on the new rules are detailed below. Questions can be directed to the Cashiers office on the main campus in Arnold, 410-777-2236.

Rules Overview

To apply for the Social Security Disability Waiver (SSI or SSDI) the student must be a resident of Maryland.

CREDIT students eligible to use the SSI or SSDI waiver at AACC must turn in the original waiver form which requires certification by an official of the Social Security Administration (or Railroad Retirement board or former federal employer) that the student is receiving SSI or SSDI benefits and is permanently disabled. Return the original SSI or SSDI waiver form to the Cashiers office on the main campus in Arnold prior to the beginning of the term with the required payment. If the SSI or SSDI waiver form is already on file with AACC, the student must notify the Cashiers office (410-777-2236) at the time of registration so it can be accessed. The SSI or SSDI waiver form must be completed annually. A blank SSI or SSDI waiver form can be printed by clicking on the Social Security Waiver (PDF) link to the right under Related Links.

If student is seeking a certificate or degree, FAFSA is required. The student must apply for financial aid at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. This type of student is eligible for up to 12 credits to be waived by Social Security.

Any grants and/or other tuition waivers for which the student may be eligible will be applied before the SSI or SSDI waiver is applied. If there is still a tuition balance due from the first 12 credits after any grants and/or waivers have been applied, the SSI or SSDI waiver will be applied to finish paying the tuition portion of the invoice.

If student is non-degree seeking and is taking 6 credits or less, FAFSA is not required. This type of student is eligible for up to 6 credits to be waived by Social Security.

Students who do not receive any other waivers or grants are eligible to receive a full SSI or SSDI tuition waiver, but also must make a payment toward their fees before the SSI or SSDI waiver can be applied.

To hold classes for the term the student needs to have a completed financial aid application or make a payment toward the fees. The SSI or SSDI waiver alone will not keep a student from being dropped for non-payment.

NONCREDIT continuing education students can now have Social Security Disability Waiver applied to certain qualified noncredit continuing education courses (those designed to lead to employment, including life skills) For more information including a list of eligible courses and a link to the Noncredit Waiver Certification Form (2 required forms) see, Noncredit Registration.