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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.


Noncredit Tuition and Fees

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.

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

Paying for noncredit courses is part of the registration process. To register and pay, follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1 – Browse noncredit courses to find what interests you.
  • Step 2Register for your course.
  • Step 3 – Pay your course costs and fees to complete your registration.
    Note: You’re not officially registered until you’ve paid in full for noncredit offerings.

Payment Methods

The available payment methods vary depending on how you register for your noncredit classes. Financial assistance may be available for your noncredit classes.

Credit Card

AACC accepts American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover credit cards for all registration methods.

Check or Money Order

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

Cash is only accepted for in-person registrations at the Cashier's office in Arnold.

Gift Cards

If you have an AACC Gift of Education card, available funds may be applied toward credit or continuing education tuition and fees. For continuing education courses, payment may be made in person or online, though please note that AACC Gift of Education cards are not accepted through mail or over the phone.

If paying with a gift card from Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express, retain this card (even if used in full) for 120 days after purchase in case of a refund.

Noncredit Payment Plan

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.

Third Party Payments

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 with your registration form. The letter must include your name, the section ID(s) and 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 (see additional fees listed above). Your registration form and letter of intent may be submitted by fax, mail or in person.

Note: A business or agency in Anne Arundel County which pays tuition for a nonresident student is not subject to the out-of-county or out-of-state fee.


Other Ways to Pay for Noncredit

Noncredit Scholarships

The School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers scholarships for some noncredit programs which earn a Workforce Training Certificate.

Learn about scholarships for Noncredit students.

Job Corps

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. 

Learn more about Job Corps.

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 for approved noncredit courses. Not all approved courses are offered each term.

Learn more about the Disability Tuition Waiver.

WIOA Training Funds

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.

Private Student Loans

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.

Learn more about private student loans.


Payment and Refund Policy

New and returning students may register through MyAACC, by fax, mail or in person. Payment is due at the time of registration.

Payment

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 Policy

No refund will 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. Call 410-777-2325 with any questions regarding a refund for a noncredit course.

Returned Checks

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.

Questions?

Payment Options

Need job training but not ready to pay the full tuition in advance?

Learn about noncredit scholarships, our payment plan, and more.