Things to Know:
How to Pay for College

Did you know that Maryland has the second highest student loan debt rate in the country? Find out more.

Learn more about 10 Ways to Pay for College.


Share the CSMlove!

The CSM culture and tradition of appreciation and celebration of our values continues in 2015 as we share the CSM love throughout February. Join contests and events on all three campus to help us spread #CSMLOVE2015 with our students, alumni, faculty, staff, partners and supporters.

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter for your chance to win prizes when you use #CSMLOVE2015!

For an updated schedule of events throughout February, visit calendar.csmd.edu.

Looking to Transfer from CSM? Don't Miss Transfer Week, Featuring Transfer Fairs!

Mark your calendar for the week of February 16. Transfer Services will host Transfer Awareness Week with workshops, a college visit, and Spring Transfer Fairs.

Transfer Week Event Schedule

February 16-20: Transfer Instagram Selfie Contest

February 16, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Longwood University Instant Admissions/Decision Day

February 16, Times vary by campus: Guide to Financial Aid

February 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Advantage

February 17 12:30-1:30 p.m.: The Myths of Private Schools

February 17, 2:30-3:45 p.m.: Transfer Essentials

Transfer Fairs

Meet representatives from a variety of colleges and universities, explore college majors, degree programs and meet with CSM faculty all in one place. Get your questions answered and plan your future. This is a must attend event for all students motivated to realize their potential!

Click to learn more!

February 18, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Prince Frederick Campus

February 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Leonardtown Campus

February 19, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
La Plata Campus

February 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Get There: Charting Your Career Paths

February 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: So You Want To Be A Terp

February 20, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Free College Road Trip

Transfer Scholarships Available

Did you know if you graduate from the College of Southern Maryland you are eligible to receive the State of Maryland 2+2 Transfer Scholarship?

All you need is a 2.5 GPA and eligibility to receive an associate's degree by the end of the semester in which you plan to transfer. Click here for more information.

March 1 Deadline for UMD College Park Scholarship

The University of Maryland (UMD) College Park is proud to offer one of the most prestigious scholarships to Maryland community college students. The Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship (TAES) is a full tuition scholarship for transfer students awarded in the fall of each academic year to competitive transfer students.

Generally, Maryland community college students approaching the completion of 56 credits or an associate's degree and who have earned 3.5 or above cumulative GPA may be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Potential transfer students can receive more information and apply for TAES at this website. The deadline is March 1.

Get Active with Student Life Events!

Join Student Life for the following February events:

February 10: Valentine's Day Auction (Leonardtown Campus)

February 10: Anti Valentine's Day Stand Up Comedy Show by Matty Litwack (La Plata Campus)

February 12: CSM Student Auction (La Plata Campus)

February 19: Performance by Narissa Bond in Celebration of Black History Month (La Plata Campus)

February 24: Clearly You Crystals (La Plata Campus)

FAFSA Priority Deadline: March 1

The priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA to be considered for federal and state financial assistance during the 2015-2016 academic year is March 1.

Award notifications for the upcoming fall and spring semesters will be sent to students beginning in mid to late June.

For more information and to learn about upcoming FAFSA workshops, visit the Financial Assistance Department at www.csmd.edu/Financial.

Upcoming FAFSA Help Session:

Are You Ready to Graduate in Spring?

Don't miss Destination Graduation, your one-stop source for all of your graduation needs:

  • • Apply for graduation
  • • Join the alumni association
  • • Get details on cap and gown orders
  • • Take a graduation photo in cap and gown (and receive photo on disc for your own personal use)
  • • Win door prizes and much more!

Save the Date

February 11
12-6 p.m. at La Plata Campus

February 16
12-6 p.m. at Leonardtown Campus

February 25
12-6 p.m. at Prince Frederick Campus

For more information about Spring 2015 graduation, check out the 2014-2015 Commencement Guide.

If you cannot attend the event, please make a February appointment with Academic Advising to complete the graduation application. It is free to graduate. There is a fee for a cap and gown if you plan to participate in the ceremony.

Coming in February: A New Way to Apply for CSM Foundation Scholarships!

The CSM Online Scholarship Finder opens for the 2015-2016 academic year in mid-February! This year the CSM Online Scholarship Finder is getting a new look! With improved program capabilities, applying for CSM scholarships will be more streamlined and easier than ever! Enhanced program features include:

  • • Apply using your myCSMD account

  • • Upload documents right from your computer

  • • Use the auto-match feature to ensure that you apply for every scholarship for which you qualify

  • • Use the auto-fill feature to automatically enter your information on record

Each year the CSM Foundation awards scholarships in a number of academic programs of study to students with varying backgrounds and needs.

Visit www.csmd.edu/Financial/scholarships often for the most up-to-date information and complete scholarship eligibility criteria. Contact the Financial Assistance Department at 301-934-7531 for additional information or assistance.

Looking to Accelerate Your Semester?

Minisession II Classes are Available!

Minisession II classes start March 23! The last day to register is three days after the start of classes. Be ready for a fast-paced session. These courses are accelerated. Please visit Academic Advising so that we may work with you to select the appropriate courses for your major!