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Continuing Education

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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Financial Assistance for Continuing Education

Financial Assistance Options

Continuing Education Tuition Assistance Program

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. 


Eligibility Guidelines

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.

Financial Need Standards
Number of Persons in Household Household Salary
1 $20,800
2 28,000
3 35,200
4 42,400
5 49,600
6 56,800
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.



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  The application must be filled out completely and signed by the applicant.

Continuing Education Financial Assistance Application

Contact Information

For more information on financial assistance, please contact the Continuing Education Student Support Coordinator: 
Phone:  301-539-4760 or e-mail:


Federal Assistance using the FAFSA

Federal financial assistance that you may be eligible for after completing 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.

CSM Tuition Payment Plan

CSM offers a convenient payment plan to help you budget your continuing education tuition payments. To be eligible, your total charges per semester must equal $300 or more. The payment plan covers all continuing education programs, including Kids’ and Teen College and Career Starters Programs. Better manage your payments by spreading them over a longer period of time. There is a a non-refundable enrollment fee for the FACTS payment plan. To learn more, call the Bursar’s office at 301-934-7712 or visit the CSM Tuition Payment Plan for Continuing Education.

Employer Tuition Assistance or Reimbursement

Check with your employer to see if all or part of your educational costs can be paid up front, or if it is possible to obtain reimbursement after successful completion.

Veterans Benefits

The following Continuing Education Career Starter Training Programs have received VA approval:

Commercial Truck Driver Training - Class A
Certified Structural Welder
Electrical Helper
Entry-Level Plumber
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Helper
ITS Support Technician
Network Administrator

For information regarding the Career Starter Training Programs, visit or call the information hotline at 301-539-4760.

For information regarding your VA Benefits, visit


Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

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:

Charles County
Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation
175 Post Office Road
Waldorf, Maryland 20602
(301) 645-8712

Calvert County
Louis L. Goldstein Multi-Purpose Center
200 Duke Street, Suite 1400
Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
(443) 550-6750

St. Mary’s County
Joseph D. Carter Multi-Service Center
23110 Leonard Hall Dr., P.O. Box 282
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650
(301) 880-2800