Scholarships and Financial Aid

Non-Credit Student

Continuing Education Tuition Assistance Program

Interested applicants that meet the eligibility requirements should login to the Online Scholarship Finder by clicking on the link below.  When funding becomes available, applicants will be notified via e-mail.

The CSM Foundation occasionally receives donations from organizations and individuals who wish to provide financial assistance to our students. When funds are available, CSM offers financial assistance to students who meet specific eligibility criteria and plan to enroll in selected career development training courses which are indicated with the money bag graphic in the Continuing Education Schedule of ClassesIf the student meets all of the eligibility guidelines, they could be granted up to 50% of the cost of the class.


Eligibility Guidelines

Scholarships are available for select career development training courses which total $300 or more for tuition and fees. If granted a scholarship, the student will be responsible for 50% of tuition and fees, the cost of textbooks and other outside fees (if applicable).

Student must be a legal resident of Charles, St. Mary’s, or Calvert counties.

Student must demonstrate financial need and submit an essay explaining your financial need, the amount in which you will match in funds, and the importance of the scholarship towards your career development.

If financial assistance is provided, it must be used for the specific class section for which it was requested. Eligible students can use scholarships for multiple courses in the same program to work towards program completion although they will only be granted financial assistance for one career development training certificate at a time. Students can only use funds towards one program within a three year period.

Students must successfully complete the class to be eligible for any future assistance for continuing education courses. If you receive a scholarship and fail or drop the course, you will not be reissued a scholarship for the same course. You must remain a student in good standing.

Seniors and students eligible for other discounts may still be eligible for scholarship if their discount is less than 50% of the cost of tuition and fees. Students are responsible for 50% of tuition and fees, the cost of textbooks and other outside fees (if applicable).

How To Apply

If you feel you meet the stated criteria, follow the steps below. If you meet the criteria and funds are available, you will be notified via email that funds have been applied to your account. You are responsible for registering for the course(s) in person and making payment for the remaining cost of the class at the time of registration.  You may also use the payment plan for any remain cost exceeding $500 as long as you register before the payment plan deadline.

Steps to Applying

Step 1 – Apply for Admission

Applicants for need based scholarships should first apply for admission to the college. No scholarships can be awarded until a student has been accepted for admission. Students planning to seek a certificate which requires the WorkKeys Assessment test will need to complete those tests before scholarships can be awarded.

Submit an application for admission here. Please note, while submitting a social security number is optional on the admissions application, it is required for CSM to process your scholarship application. You will receive an acceptance letter for admission to CSM via email within two business days and it will include your student I.D. number.

Step 2 – Apply for Scholarship

Click here to apply.

Step 3 – What to do if you are selected for Verification

Verification is the process in which CSM selects some applications for review. No scholarships can be awarded until this process is completed. You will be notified by mail, email, and your my.CSMD account of the required documents.

Do not send any Verification Documents to the Continuing Education Department until notified to do so.

If selected for verification, students must, at a minimum, submit:

  • Tax Return Transcript for the student and parent(s), if the student is Dependent, or spouse if student is Independent (due to new federal regulations, copies of the 1040/1040A/1040EZ will NOT be accepted). For information on how to order a tax return transcript, click here.
  • All W-2's for the  tax year for you and your parent(s), if you are Dependent, or spouse if Independent  
  • All Schedules C, E, or S for the tax year for the student and parent(s) if Dependent, or spouse if Independent  
  • The final LES of the tax year for the parent(s) if a Dependent student, or you and/or your spouse if Independent, if applicable    
  • All 1099's for the tax year for you and your parent(s) if Dependent and spouse if Independent 
  • If an amended tax return was filed, a signed copy of the 1040X filed with the IRS will be required in addition to the Tax Return transcript or signed copy of the original tax return filed with the IRS.
  • Additional Documentation may be required

To check on the status of your financial assistance application, check your email or contact the Continuing Education Department on 301-539-4760 or send an email to

You should respond immediately to any and all requests from the Continuing Education Department for information to prevent delays in processing. The verification process can take up to 6 weeks from the date the final document is received.

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.

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. Please see the Third Party or Employer Paid Registration page for more information.

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 that 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

Free Tuition for Senior Citizens

If you are a Maryland resident, 60 years of age or older as defined by the Social Security or Railroad Retirement Act, you need not pay the course tuition for most courses, if the course has sufficient enrollment to be conducted. However, you are still responsible for all other related costs and fees.