College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
Interested applicants that meet the eligibility requirements should complete the Tuition Assistance application and send it to Continuing Education Operations Department (contact information is below). When funding becomes available, applicants will be notified.
The CSM Foundation occasionally receives donations from organizations and individuals who wish to provide financial assistance to our students. When funds are available the College of Southern Maryland offers financial assistance to students who meet specific eligibility criteria and plan to enroll in Career Starter training. If the student meets all of the eligibility guidelines, they could be granted 50% of the cost of the class. *Eligible courses include Career Starter training courses that total $300 or more for tuition and fees.
** FUNDS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.**
Student must be enrolled in Career Starter training courses that total $300 or more for tuition and fees. The student will be responsible for the other 50% of tuition and fees and the cost of textbooks.
Student must be a legal resident of Charles, St. Mary’s, or Calvert Counties.
Student must demonstrate financial need. Financial need will be determined using the following standards.
|Number of Persons in Household||Household Salary|
|For each additional person add||$7,200|
If financial assistance is provided, it must be used for the specific class section for which it was requested. Eligible students will only be granted financial assistance for one Career Starter training course at a time and must successfully complete the class in order to be eligible for any future assistance for continuing education courses.
Eligible Students may be granted up to 50% of the tuition and fees.
LIMITED FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE AND ISSUED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.
How To Apply
Students who feel they meet the stated criteria should complete an application. If they meet the criteria and funds are available, they will be notified via e-mail that 50% of the course cost has been applied to their account. The student is responsible for registering for the course in person and making payment for the remaining cost of the class at the time of registration.
Student must complete a Continuing Education Financial Assistance Request Form for each eligible class they plan to take and submit it by fax to 301-539-4792 or by e-mailing a scanned copy to ConEdOps@csmd.edu. The application must be filled out completely and signed by the applicant.
For more information on financial assistance, please contact the Continuing Education Student Support Coordinator:
Phone: 301-539-4760 or e-mail: ConEdOps@csmd.edu
Federal financial assistance that you may be eligible for after completeing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may not be applied to Workforce Development or Community Education courses because they are non credit continuing education.
The following Continuing Education Career Starter Training Programs have received VA approval:
Commercial Truck Driver Training - Class A
Certified Structural Welder
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Helper
ITS Support Technician
For information regarding the Career Starter Training Programs, visit http://www.csmd.edu/WorkforceDevelopment/ or call the information hotline at 301-539-4760.
For information regarding your VA Benefits, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Current/Veterans/
Based on the student’s credit history, these loans can be obtained for tuition, fees, books and supplies, and other educational expenses. These are not federal student loans. They are secured directly from a participating lender. Many banks and other lending institutions offer alternative loans. CSM does not specifically endorse any lender. Student should contact the lender they are interested in directly.
The student is responsible for the terms of the loan based on the lender, even if CSM should cancel the class due to low enrollment.
Under the Workforce Investment Act, unemployed and eligible underemployed individuals residing in Southern Maryland may be eligible for the full cost of training and books up to $2,500. In addition, the Maryland OneStop Career Center who manages WIA funds can offer job search assistance. Contact the Maryland OneStop Career Center in your county of residence for more information:
Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation
175 Post Office Road
Waldorf, Maryland 20602
Louis L. Goldstein Multi-Purpose Center
200 Duke Street, Suite 1400
Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
St. Mary’s County
Joseph D. Carter Multi-Service Center
23110 Leonard Hall Dr., P.O. Box 282
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650