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Non-Credit Scholarship Finder

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With improved program capabilities, applying for CSM scholarships is more streamlined and easier than ever. Enhanced program features include the following:

  • Apply using your my.CSMD account
  • Upload documents right from your computer
  • Auto-apply feature that will ensure that you apply for every scholarship for which you qualify (some scholarships have additional questions or have supplemental required information)

Before you get started ...

You will need to be prepared with the following information to complete the application:

  • Your my.CSMD login
  • Your student ID number
  • A 200-word essay explaining your financial need, the amount in which you will match in funds (50% of tuition, fees, and additional expenses), and the importance of the scholarship toward your career development.
  • A statement describing your long-term career goals and how the selected course(s) will support your objectives.

Application Process

Once you have everything and you are ready to apply, follow these steps:

  1. Click the "Apply Now for Scholarships" button (green button above).
  2. Sign in with your my.CSMD login.
  3. Complete the General Application
    1. For the question “What type of program do you plan to pursue at CSM?”, you must choose “Continuing Education/Workforce Development Certificate Program.”
    2. Please select the continuing education certificate(s) you plan to pursue under the question, “If you are an incoming Continuing Education/Workforce Development Student, what is your intended program of study?”
  4. After you submit the General Application, it will bring you to the Continuing Education Scholarship Application if you answered the questions indicated in items 3a and 3b. Complete the remainder of the application.
  5. Once you have completed the Continuing Education Scholarship Application, you will be notified at the e-mail address you provided in your application regarding the outcome of your application within two weeks. Students must have a valid e-mail address on file with CSM, as scholarship notification decisions will be sent via the e-mail address on file with CSM.
  6. If you are granted a scholarship, you are required to write a thank you letter to the donors who provided CSM with the funds that have been granted to you before the funds will be issued. Click here to download Thank You Letter Guidelines.

NOTE: Scholarships may require verification of income.

  • 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.

Student ID Information and my.CSMD Help

New Students

If you are brand new to CSM and have never taken any classes with us in the past (including driver education, kids college, swim lessons, gym memberships, etc.), please submit a CSM Admissions Application. The application can be found at www.csmd.edu/application. Once you have applied, you will receive a letter within a week that has your student ID and directions for setting up a my.CSMD account.

Returning Students

If you have taken classes with us, you can use your student ID number to help you log in to my.CSMD. If it is has been more than three years since you have logged in or taken classes, call our Information Technology Services Help Desk at 301-934-7740 or e-mail them at help@csmd.edu and provide your student ID number to reset your account. Directions to reset your my.CSMD account can be found at https://my.csmd.edu/usernamePasswordHelp.html.


How to Obtain Your Student ID#

  1. In person—You can show a valid picture ID and obtain your student ID by visiting one of our campus locations. Visit the Express Desk in the Administration (AD) Building on the La Plata Campus; Building C, Room 105 on the Leonardtown Campus; or the Flagship Building, Room 101 on the Prince Frederick Campus.
  2. By phone—You may call the CSM Call Center at 301-934-7765 and answer a series of questions to confirm your identity, and the Call Center will e-mail your student ID to the e-mail address on file for you.


How to Update Your E-mail Address

  1. In person—You can show a valid picture ID and update your e-mail address by visiting one of our campus locations. Visit the Express Desk in the Administration (AD) Building on the La Plata Campus; Building C, Room 105 on the Leonardtown Campus; or the Flagship Building, Room 101 on the Prince Frederick Campus.
  2. Submit a new CSM Admissions Application which can be found at www.csmd.edu/application and then follow up by calling the Call Center at 301-934-7765.

FAQs

Who is eligible?

Eligible students are legal residents of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s, counties who demonstrate financial need.

How long does it take?

It may take up to two weeks to process a student’s application. Students should apply no later than three weeks before the class starts but earlier if possible.

What classes are eligible for scholarships?

Scholarships can be used for select career development training courses that total $300 or more for tuition plus fees. The selected eligible career training is indicated in the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes with a money bag graphic.

How much assistance is available?

If the student meets the eligibility guidelines, he/she could be granted up to 50% of the cost of tuition and fees. The student will be responsible for paying the remaining 50% as well as cost of textbooks and any other outside fees (if applicable).

What is the timeline for payment?

The student will be responsible for paying the remaining 50% of tuition and fees at the time of registration. Required textbooks will need to be purchased before the class starts. If the 50% that you are responsible for is $500 or more, you may be eligible to enroll in the CSM FACTS tuition payment plan depending on the timing of your enrollment.

For more information on the CSM FACTS tuition payment plan, visit www.csmd.edu/noncreditpaymentplan or contact Student Account Services at 301-934-7712.

If a student has received a scholarship for a non-credit class before, can he/she be granted another one?

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 must successfully complete the class to be eligible for any future assistance for continuing education courses.

What happens if it becomes necessary to drop a class?

If you decide to drop the class, you must officially drop the class through the Registrar’s Office by the time specified within the refund period. If you do not drop the class within the refund period, you will be billed for the entire cost of the class, and the Continuing Education Scholarship will be removed from your account and returned to the scholarship fund for other students to use.

Contact the Continuing Education Department at 301-539-4760 for additional information or assistance.