Tuition and Fees

Credit Cost & Aid

Tuition at CSM is based on where you live: starting Fall 2017, residents of Calvert, Charles, or St. Mary’s counties pay $125 per credit; other Maryland residents pay $217 per credit; and out-of-state residents pay $280 per credit. *

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notification.
**Information given on this website lists the base price cost and does not include Web fees or course fees generated at the section level.

Payment In Full Due Date Details

Session NameDatesPayment Due Dates
2017 Fall SemesterSeptember 5 - December 18August 16, 2017

Payment Policy During Pre-Registration Period:

2017 Fall Semester:  If you pre-register for classes between April 24 and August 15, 2017

You must complete one of the following payment arrangements.  These payment arrangements will hold your classes during the pre-registration period until the designated payment in full due date:

  1. Pay a minimum of 20% down.
  2. Submit a FAFSA and the results must be received by CSM.
  3. Sign up for the CSM Tuition Payment Plan with the Bursar’s Office.
  4. Submit tuition assistance paperwork to the Bursar’s Office.

Payment Policy for Registrations After Payment In Full Due Date:

2017 Fall Semester:  If you register after payment in full due date which is August 16, 2017

You must:

  1. Pay in full online using MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express.
  2. Pay in full by cash, check, or money order in person by visiting a convenient campus location.
  3. Have sufficient approved and processed financial aid to cover any outstanding balance.
  4. Enroll in the CSM Tuition Payment Plan on-line.  Modifications to an existing payment plan must be emailed to
  5. Have approved and processed tuition assistance paperwork to cover the balance. Paperwork can be emailed to

Tuition & Fees


Summer 2017
Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's County Residents$123/credit
Other Maryland residents$213/credit
Out-of-state residents$275/credit
Credit by examination (not refundable)$20/credit

Beginning Fall 2017
Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's County Residents$125/credit
Other Maryland residents$217/credit
Out-of-state residents$280/credit
Credit by examination (not refundable)$20/credit


Combined Fee***23% of tuition amount
Application/reapplication Course (each course)no cost, see course description

Graduation, Degree or Certificate Programs
If walking in ceremony
no cost
If not walking in ceremony
no cost
Letter of Recognitionno cost
Laboratory Breakageno cost
Certification Verification (not refundable)$20/credit
Portfolio Assessment (not refundable)$100/credit
Online/web course (each course)
Check returned NSF (not refundable)$25
CSM Tuition Payment Plan NSF (not refundable)$25
Skills Surveys Retake$30
Academic Clemency$40
Late Registrationno cost
Replacement of CEU Document/Letter of Recognitionno cost
Replacement of CSM OneCard$25
General Course Feesee latest schedule of classes
Test Administrationcontact the Testing Center for details

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notification.
**This table lists the base price cost and does not include Web fees or course fees generated at the section level.

***Every student taking a credit or continuing education course is required to pay a combined registration fee. For credit students, the combined fee includes the registration fee, campus fee, technology fee, and student activity fee. For continuing education students, the combined fee includes the registration fee, campus fee, and a technology fee, but not a student activity fee. 

The student activity fee portion of the combined fee enables the college to provide many extracurricular and co-curricular benefits to students. Each spring the Student Government Association (SGA) allocates the money for student activities, student clubs and organizations, and student services. Students are then able to take advantage of these activities and services for free or at a reduced cost. 

Students learn about upcoming activities through promotions posted on campus, bulletin boards, the HawkTalk student e-newsletter or printed publication, and the college website.


Your residency status determines whether you pay in-county, in-state or out-of-state tuition. When you first apply to CSM, the Admissions Office determines your status based on the information you submit on your application. Your initial residency classification can only be changed if you file a Residency Change Form no later than 30 days after the college's determination.

If your residency classification changes while attending CSM, the change form and all required documents must be filed prior to the first day of classes for the term you wish to attend. The change in classification isn't retroactive -- it goes into effect beginning in the term for which you filed. You can only file an application once each term.

The burden of proving you qualify as an in-county or in-state resident rests on you. If you do not provide complete and timely information, your request may be denied.

Read the complete residency policy in the appendices of CSM's current catalog.

To update your address, telephone or email on file, please complete an Update Contact information Form and bring the form into any of our four campus locations OR mail the completed form to College of Southern Maryland, ATTN: Call Center, P. O. Box 910, La Plata, MD 20646-0910.

Delinquent Accounts

Past due balances will be forwarded to the State of Maryland’s Central Collection Unit (CCU). A 17% collection fee will be added to all debts referred to the CCU.

The College reserves the right to administratively withdraw a student for nonpayment, but it is ultimately the student's responsibility to withdraw from classes.