About Tuition Waiver for Students with Disabilities:
Contact the Office of Admissions and Records
About the Financial Aid Process:
Contact the Office of Financial Aid
House Bill 104 [HB 104] is effective October 1, 2011. HB 104, enacted by the 2011 Maryland General Assembly, redefines the tuition waiver for students with disabilities as those out of the workforce by reason of total and permanent disability and entering community colleges. HB 104 supersedes previous legislation and proposes significant changes to Section 16-106c of the Education Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.
Please note: The Priority Deadline to submit your FAFSA for Fall 2017 has been changed from May 15 to March 1. If you did not submit your FAFSA by the priority deadline for the first semester in the academic year that you wish to register, you will not qualify for the disability tuition waiver for that particular semester.
1. Any resident of Maryland who is out of the workforce because of a permanent disability as defined by the Social Security Act, the Railroad Retirement Act, or in the case of former federal employees, the Office of Personnel Management, and enrolls in a community college class that has at least 10 regularly enrolled students, may be eligible for a tuition waiver.
2. The waiver is available for enrolling up to 6 credits per semester without declaring a degree or certificate program. Any further credits, up to 12 credits per semester, will require that you enroll in a degree program, or a certificate program that leads to employment. Letters of Recognition are not eligible for the waiver. Waivers may also be applied to continuing education instruction designed to lead to employment, including life skills instruction, provided the courses are eligible for the waiver and have ten regularly enrolled students. For continuing education courses please see http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/register/tuitionwaiver.html
3. You are required to apply for financial aid by the priority deadline to receive this waiver. (Further information below.)
4. Individuals receiving SSI or SSDI benefits as a dependent or survivor of a disabled beneficiary do not qualify for this waiver.
1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid by the priority deadline:
- March 1 for fall courses
- November 1 for spring or winter courses
- April 1 for summer courses
One FAFSA per academic year is needed. If you are applying for financial aid for the first time in Fall 2013, complete the 2013-14 FAFSA.
2. Print a Certification for Tuition Waiver form. If you submitted a Disability Tuition Waiver form for fall 2011 or before, you are required to submit a new form.
3. Take the form to the Social Security Administration office that serves your area, or, if appropriate, to the Railroad Retirement Board or the federal agency from which you retired due to disability to have your form signed and certified that you are receiving SSI or SSDI payments and are permanently disabled.
4. Return the completed Tuition Waiver for Students with Disabilities form to the Office of Admissions and Records by the third week of the applicable fall or spring semester, or the first week of the applicable summer or winter term. A complete form will include a major title and curriculum code for a degree program or a certificate title and program code that leads to employment, if you plan to enroll in credit coursework that exceeds 6 credits per semester.
Please note: Adjustments to your account will be made approximately halfway through the semester or term in which you are registered or after your financial aid is awarded if you are a late applicant.
The Certification for Tuition Waiver form is valid for one academic year, so students only need to submit the form once each academic year.*
*An academic year begins with the fall semester and concludes at the end of the second summer session.
- Effective July 1, 2016 Summer Session II 2016: Disability Tuition Waiver is no longer reduced for any Financial Aid grants or scholarships the student receives. This does not pertain to student loans or Federal Work Study funds.
- The tuition waiver does not apply to fees.
- You may have up to 12 credit hours covered by the waiver each semester. (The waiver is available for enrolling in up to 6 credits per semester without declaring a degree or certificate program. Any further credits, up to 12 credits per semester, will require you to enroll in a degree program, or a certificate program that leads to employment. Letters of Recognition are not eligible for the waiver.) Waivers may also be applied to continuing education instruction designed to lead to employment, including life skills instruction, provided the courses are eligible for the waiver and have ten regularly enrolled students. For continuing education courses please see http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/register/tuitionwaiver.html
- If you drop a class before the end of the third week of the semester, (or the first week of either summer session) it will not be included in the Disability Tuition Waiver. You will owe the tuition and the fees for that class.
- In accordance with the Maryland General Assembly guideline, Montgomery College will discontinue the tuition waiver if you enroll in a course with less than 10 regularly enrolled students.