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Non-Credit CSM Foundation Scholarships

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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 Classes on a first come, first serve basis. 

Apply Now for Scholarships

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.
  • Students requesting financial help for a workforce training certificate which requires the WorkKeys Assessment test will need to complete those tests before scholarships can be awarded.

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.

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 ID number.

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 John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), 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.

I am 60 years of age or older and eligible for free tuition? Can I still get a scholarship?

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).

What do I do if I am given a scholarship?

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. Please be sure to follow the directions included in the email that notified you of your award.

What is the status of my application?

It may take up to two weeks to process the student’s application for financial assistance. Please monitor the email address you provided in your application for updates. If it has been more than two weeks since you have applied, contact the Continuing Education Department on 301-539-4760 or send an email to ConEdOps@csmd.edu.

What should I do if I am 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'sfor 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.
  • The verification process can take up to 6 weeks from the date the final document is received. Please respond promptly to prevent delays.

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