Tuition and Fees

Credit Cost & Aid

Tuition at CSM is based on where you live.  Click here to view our Tuition Worksheet.

Payment Details

Payment Due Dates

Session NamePayment Due Date
Fall 2020 (15-week session/7-week sessions/3-week sessions)07/29/20 or day of registration if registered after this date
Winter Session 2021 (4-week session)12/02/20 or day of registration if registered after this date
Spring 2021 (15-week session/7-week sessions)01/06/21 or day of registration if registered after this date

To view the full academic calendar, visit

Payment Policy

  • If you register before the payment due date, your full amount owed is due by 11:59 p.m. the date listed above.
  • If you register on or after the payment due date, you must pay in full, enroll in the payment plan or meet one of the other options listed below on the day you register or you will be dropped for non-payment.
  • If you do not meet your unpaid financial obligations in full by payment due date, you may be dropped from your last class(es) added until your balance due is zero or less.
  • If you register on or after the first day of class you are financially responsible for your course(s), and you may NOT be dropped for non-payment after the 100% refund period. Please see the refund schedule for more information.

By the Payment Due Date you must:

  1. Pay in full online using MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express or e-Check.
  2. Pay in full by cash, credit card, 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 online. Questions may be e-mailed to The down payment is due at the time of enrollment in the payment plan. If the down payment is not made, you may be removed from the payment plan.
  5. Have approved and processed tuition assistance paperwork to cover the balance. Visit Third-party or Employer-paid Registration for more information. Paperwork and questions can be e-mailed to

The college reserves the right to withdraw a student for nonpayment, but it is ultimately the student's responsibility to withdraw from classes if they do not want to be held financially responsible.

Tuition & Fees


Beginning Fall 2019
Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's County Residents$131/credit
Other Maryland residents$229/credit
Out-of-state residents$294/credit
Credit by examination (not refundable)$20/credit


Combined Fee***25% of tuition amount
Application/reapplication Course (each course)no cost, see course description
E-Book Fee (Note: An E-Book fee may be applied to your course. For more information or to opt-out, see Direct Digital Access)Cost varies, 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)
(Note: This fee has been waived for 2020 Summer and Fall classes)
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 Diploma/Certificate (form)$20
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.