Financial and Payment Information
All continuing education noncredit courses carry a built-in $40 registration fee. If any additional fees apply, such as a materials fee, lab fee, or computer fee, these will be noted at the end of the course description.
The tuition amounts listed at the end of each course include the fee(s), unless stated otherwise in the description.
Seniors and other tuition-waiver students pay only for fees: the $40 registration fee per course plus any other fees stated at the end of the course description.
Give the gift of learning! Give a friend, loved one, or employee one of our many life-enriching classes. The certificates can be for any dollar amount you choose and can be used like a check to pay for course costs at registration. Gift certificates can be purchased at the Cashier's Office, located at RCF-201.
Transfers and Refunds (Course Change Requests)
If you need to change your Continuing Education/Noncredit course selection, please use this form. All continuing education courses are offered satisfaction-guaranteed and we can assist you to transfer to another course or process a refund. In most instances, if we receive notification before a class begins, you will receive 100 percent of tuition and fees (exceptions are noted in specific course descriptions). Once a class starts, tuition (not fees) is refunded. Refunds are not available after a class has ended. Transfers are usually permitted before the second class meeting. You may also the the "Drop a Course" option on HCC Express. If you are dissatisfied with a course, call 443-518-1700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and the appropriate coordinator will help you. NOTE: English as a Second Language courses have a different refund policy that is distributed in writing upon registration and is viewable on the ELC Website.
Tuition must be paid in full at time of registration. (Each course tuition amount includes a built-in $40 nonrefundable registration fee.) In-county tuition is based on verification of Howard County residency. Additional criteria may be necessary for students taking credit courses. Out-of-county Maryland residents pay stated tuition plus $10 per course; out-of-state residents pay stated tuition plus $20 per course. Students who do not pay all course charges may be sent to a collections agency and will be responsible for additional fees as well as the original charges. They will not receive certificates and are ineligible to continue at HCC.
Tuition Waivers for Seniors
The Howard Community College Board of Trustees has approved a free tuition program for senior citizens residing in Howard County and enrolling in credit and noncredit classes in which space is available. This program enables all people 60 years of age or older or with a disability, as defined by the Social Security or Railroad Retirement Acts, to pursue an associate of arts degree or a certificate of proficiency, participate in college activities, and enroll in noncredit courses. Waiver applies only to tuition, not to fees. If you qualify for the waiver, you pay only the fees listed in the course description, if any, plus a $40-per-course registration fee. Please note that all courses with "XE" designations are not eligible for tuition waivers. Tuition waivers for students with disabilities are available for some noncredit continuing education workforce development and life skills courses. Call 443-518-1700 for more information.