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Whether you’re hoping to grow your career or just learn for fun, we offer a tremendous variety of noncredit courses at a fraction of the cost you’d pay at other institutions. Our goal is to offer you an outstanding value – inexpensive courses that lead to outcomes like a higher-paying job, a more fulfilling life and a better future.
As a noncredit student, your costs are calculated by the course and you pay in full at the time of registration.
Costs vary by course. Our experienced instructors and high-quality course content provide a great value. Though subject to change, the price stated at the end of each course description is the total cost, including registration, tuition and supplies, lab or other fees, if any, for county residents. Out-of-county residents are charged additional fees.
Students living outside of Anne Arundel county are charged additional fees per noncredit course registration. The out-of-county fee is $10 per noncredit course, and the out-of-state fee is $25.
A business or agency located in Anne Arundel County which pays tuition for a nonresident employee/student, is not subject to the surcharge.
Senior adult courses have a different pricing structure for Maryland residents 60 and over.
Paying for noncredit courses is part of the registration process. To register and pay, follow these simple steps:
The available payment methods vary depending on how you register for your noncredit classes. Financial assistance may be available for your noncredit classes.
AACC accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit cards for all registration methods.
If paying with a gift card from American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa, retain this card (even if used in full) for 120 days after purchase in case of a refund.
Registrations submitted by mail or in person can include payment by check, e-check or money order. There is a $25 fee for each returned check. After two returned check fees, you will no longer be allowed to pay by check or money order.
Cash is only accepted for in-person registrations at the Cashier's office in Arnold.
Some classes are eligible for a noncredit payment plan through Nelnet. Visit the Noncredit Payment Plan page for the lists of eligible classes and a step by step guide for setting up a payment plan.
If an organization is going to pay for part or all of your noncredit course costs (e.g., “grants” or “scholarships” awarded by a company other than AACC), you must submit a hand-signed letter of intent from the company on their official letterhead when registering for your class. The letter must include your name, the section ID(s), term(s) of your noncredit course(s) and the total amount they will pay. Be sure you calculate your total costs correctly for your residency status. You can upload your letter of intent to your student account after completing your registration in the noncredit registration system.
Note: If the business or agency is in Anne Arundel County and is covering 100% of the cost, you do not have to pay the out-of-county or out-of-state fees for the classes they are covering.
The School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers scholarships for some noncredit programs which earn a Workforce Training Certificate.
Job Corps offers free education and vocational programs administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The programs are designed to help ages 16 to 24 get a better job, earn more money and take control of their future. Each year 60,000 students take advantage of the Job Corps training. Over the past five years, 82 percent of students that graduated from the programs began new careers, enrolled in higher education programs or enlisted in the military.
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 for approved noncredit courses. Not all approved courses are offered each term.
If you have lost your job, become a displaced or dislocated worker, or fit a number of other qualifiers, make an appointment with the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp. (AAWDC). The AAWDC can help you find out if you qualify for federal Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) job training funds. Call AAWDC at 410-424-3240 to register for a free information session.
Some private loans are available only for credit students, but others will consider noncredit students. These loans are not part of the federal student loan program and require a credit check.
New and returning students may register through MyAACC, by fax, mail or in person. Payment is due at the time of registration.
Payment for noncredit courses is due at the time of registration. AACC accepts American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, check, money order and cash. Cash is accepted only at the Cashier's office in Arnold.
Refund will not be given after the first scheduled class meeting has started. To receive a refund for a noncredit course that has not started, drop the course by submitting a fully completed registration or drop form by fax, mail, in person at one of our registration sites or through MyAACC. Refer to Noncredit Course Policies for information on Refunds and Refund Exception Requests.
A penalty of $25 is charged each time your check has been returned by your bank. We will resubmit your check only once unless your bank indicates that we cannot resubmit it. Once a check has been returned more than once or you have had more than one returned check posted to your account, you will have to use cash, certified check, money order or credit card for all future payments.