General & Website Questions
About Registration and the Schedule of Classes
About Grades and Student Records
About Cost and Financial Aid
About Parking, Security and Student ID Cards
I have questions about Montgomery College. Where can I find answers? (back to top)
These top questions asked are a good place to start. You may also contact the Montgomery College Response Center at 240-567-5000, use our website search tool, visit a Welcome Center , speak to a recruiter , meet with a counselor or stop by an Admissions and Records office.
Keep in mind that FERPA a federal law that limits access to student education records applies to student records. This means that the student, not a parent*, friend or partner must contact the college with regard to their records including grades and class schedules.
I see MC has a new website. Where can I go to get help navigating around and finding familiar items? (back to top)
This helpful blog answers numerous questions and has screenshots to help you navigate to easily find familiar links and information.
How do I apply to Montgomery College? (back to top)
Admissions applications may be submitted online, or on paper by U.S. mail or in person at the Office of Admissions and Records. If you are applying for admission to Montgomery College as a credit student for the first time, submit your application along with a one-time, non-refundable $25 fee. Registration in Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WD&CE) non-credit courses does not require payment of the $25 application fee. To apply online, complete and submit an Admissions Application online.
I am a high school student interested in taking college courses at Montgomery College. What do I need to do? (back to top)
Dual Enrollment is available to advanced high school students admitted to Montgomery College (MC). Select students are enrolled in college courses while still attending high school. Students may enroll in a variety of courses at the college, provided they meet the Dual Enrollment standards. The credits earned may be applied to a degree program at Montgomery College or may potentially be transferred to another institution. Contact the Office of Academic Initiatives for information about Dual Enrollment.
I'm a student at another college/university, how do I take a couple of classes at MC? (back to top)
Montgomery College welcomes a large number of visiting students from other colleges and universities each semester. Follow these easy steps to enroll.
I have a college degree and want to take a few classes. What do I do? (back to top)
- Apply to Montgomery College if you have not previously done so. There is a one-time application fee of $25.
- If the course you wish to take has an assessment level, and you wish to be exempt from the placement testing, you will need to present the Office of Admissions and Records with an unofficial transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university showing that you have earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. You may override the English assessment requirement if you present an unofficial transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university showing that you have earned a "C" or better in a College-level English course.
- If the course you wish to take has a prerequisite, you will need to show your unofficial transcript to the appropriate academic department to have any prerequisites overridden.
How do I transfer credits I earned at another college/university? (back to top)
You must be a degree seeking student at Montgomery College to transfer credits into the College
- Apply to Montgomery College if you have not previously done so. There is a one-time application fee of $25.
- Have your official transcript sent to the Office of Admissions and Records:
- Hand-deliver your official transcript in a sealed envelope, or
- Have your official transcript mailed from your original school to any of our three campuses.
For more information, visit Credit and Advanced Standing for Prior Learning.
" Workforce Development and Continuing Education" is the department within the College responsible for planning and delivering non-credit courses. Designed for individuals in career transition, those reentering the workforce, those maintaining current technical skills, as well as those seeking lifelong educational experiences. Registration in WD&CE courses does not require payment of the $25 application fee.
What is the placement test I’ve heard about? Do I have to take it? What is an Accuplacer? (back to top)
Montgomery College uses the Accuplacer and ESL- Accuplacer tests to assess students to determine their reading, English and math skills. Placement scores help counselors and academic advisors recommend courses that are appropriate for you.To learn about placement tests and how they are used at Montgomery College, click on our Placement Testing Brochure (pdf).
You must take the assessment test unless you are exempt. For more information on course placement, exceptions, and obtaining test results, click our Accuplacer Placement Guide (pdf). Students may be exempt from taking the Accuplacer by providing minimum qualifying SAT or ACT scores in English and/or math. For more information including testing schedules check out the Assessment Center page.
How do I make an appointment with a Counselor/Advisor? (back to top)
Counselors help students with their personal, career, and educational goals. Along with faculty advisors, they help students select the courses that are right for them. Montgomery College students must use a tool called Starfish to set up a counseling appointment. Links to Starfish for new and returning students can be found on the Counseling & Advising Network page. Information about the counseling offices on each campus can be found on the main Counseling website.
The MyMC portal provides faculty, staff, students and alumni with information and sign-on access to various college applications, including registration, checking grades and requesting transcripts. Students also access their Montgomery College e-mail inbox through My MC.
What does "non-credit" mean? (back to top)
At Montgomery College, there are multiple definitions of "non-credit":
- Workforce Development and Continuing Education: Department within the College responsible for planning and delivering non-credit courses. Designed for individuals in career transition, those reentering the workforce, those maintaining current technical skills, as well as those seeking lifelong educational experiences. Registration in WD&CE courses does not require payment of the $25 application fee.
- Audit: A credit registration status that you may choose at the time of registration in a credit course and up until 20% of class meetings for the course. If you chose to "audit," you have registered for a credit course and have chosen not to earn a grade. Credits earned in a developmental course will NOT count toward satisfying any degree or certificate program requirement. More on Auditing...
- Developmental Course: A course that prepares students for success in subsequent college-level courses. Typically have course numbers that begin with a zero, (e.g. EN001, EN002, MA090, RD089,...). Credits earned in a developmental course will NOT count toward satisfying any degree or certificate program requirement.
Can I take classes at different Montgomery College campuses? (back to top)
Yes, once you have submitted the admissions application, you may take classes at any of our three campuses: Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring.
What are the definitions of day and campus codes in the schedule of classes? (back to top)
M - Monday G - Germantown
T - Tuesday R - Rockville
W - Wednesday T - Takoma Park/Silver Spring
R - Thursday D - Distance Education
F - Friday
S - Saturday
U - Sunday
What is a "Registration Error"? (back to top)
Registration Errors are messages that you may encounter registering for a course if the registration system cannot find required information in your student record. See www.montgomerycollege.edu/registrationhelp for a full list of registration errors and the action that you need take.
What does "Audit" mean? (back to top)
Registration status in a class where no credits or grades are awarded. The cost is the same as if the course were taken for credit. See Credit or Audit? for more information.
What is the "Waitlist" and how does it work? (back to top)
A waitlist is created when maximum enrollment capacity for a particular course has been reached. When you attempt to register for a course that is full, you have the option to place yourself on the waitlist. When a seat becomes available, and you are the next student on the waitlist, you will be notified via your MC e-mail address. Visit Waitlist Information for more, or watch How to Waitlist to see how to waitlist yourself for a class.
I need to drop a class or withdraw, what do I do? (back to top)
- Log-in to My MC by clicking on the yellow button at the top of the page.
- Select "Edit My Class Schedule - Add or Drop" under "Registration Quick Links"
- Select the term in which you wish to drop your classes.
- For each course that you wish to drop, select "drop" from the dropdown menu.
- Click “Submit Changes.”
Watch a video on Finding Drop Deadlines
If you are unable to perform this function in My MC, contact the Response Center at 240-567-5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
To obtain a refund, a course must be officially dropped by the refund deadline. The refund deadline for each course is listed on the student schedule/bill and in My MC.
How does the College notify students of closings or delays in the event of inclement weather or emergencies? (back to top)
Montgomery College will always operate on its regular schedule unless otherwise announced. Changes to the College’s operational status will be communicated through the following means:
How do I request an official transcript? (back to top)
Students who require an official transcript may order one online through My MC, send a request via U.S. mail, or visit the Office of Admissions and Records. There is a $7.00 fee for each transcript. You cannot request a transcript by telephone, e-mail or by fax. Visit the Transcript Request webpage for more information.
How do I submit a transcript for evaluation? (back to top)
A degree-seeking student at Montgomery College, can earn credit and advanced standing for prior learning. You may be able to use college-level course work that you have already completed to satisfy degree requirements and reach your educational goals in a shorter time period. Visit the Credit for Prior Learning webpage for more information.
Please Note: Non-degree-seeking and visiting students do not need to submit official transcripts. They may present unofficial transcripts to the Office of Counseling and Advising or a Department Chair to be waived into a course that has prerequisites that have been met at another regionally accredited U.S college or university.
How do I update my personal information at Montgomery College? (back to top)
You may update personal information by completing the Student Information Change/Declaration of Permanent Domicile form. See Update Your Information.
How do I change my major? (back to top)
You may change your major by completing the Change of Major, Program of Study, Curriculum form. See Change Your Program of Study (Major).
How do I access my grades? (back to top)
Midterm and final grades can be accessed online in My MC by selecting “My Grades” on the MyMC home page. Grades are typically available 7-10 days following the end of each semester. The College does not mail grades, and grades are not provide via phone or e-mail.
What are the priority deadlines for applying for financial aid? (back to top)
- Fall semester – May 15th
- Spring semester – November 1st
If you file your financial aid application after the priority deadlines, your file may not be approved before the semester classes begin, which means you may be responsible for making alternative payment arrangements. Get additional information by visiting the " Applying for Aid" webpage.
(There may be limited options for summer financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid office at 240-567-5100 for more information).
How much does it cost to attend Montgomery College? (back to top)
See the Credit Tuition and Fee Schedule for current costs. Tuition and fees are based on residency classification and are subject to change.
How is my tuition rate determined? (back to top)
As a registered student, you pay tuition according to your residency classification using criteria outlined in "Determination of Residence for Tuition Purposes" found in the Appendices section of the College Catalog. Residency classification is determined by information on your Admissions Application.
Who qualifies for tuition waiver? (back to top)
Maryland State residents will have their tuition waived if they meet one of the following criteria (waiver does not apply to fees):
- Seniors – 60 years of age or more: 100% tuition waiver. See Students 60 Years or Older for more information.
- Maryland National Guard members: 50% tuition waiver. See Maryland National Guard Half-Tuition Waiver for more information.
- Permanently disabled – 100% tuition waiver. See Disability Retirement Tuition Waiver (.pdf) for instructions.
How do I use my veterans educational benefits? (back to top)
To receive Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits at Montgomery College, you need to submit a Certification Request for VA Benefits form to the Office of Admissions and Records each semester. For more information, visit Military Community at Montgomery College.
When is my payment due if I register for a class? (back to top)
Payment or payment arrangements are expected the day you register. Unpaid classes will be deleted for non-payment on specific dates during each registration period. All registrations occurring after the scheduled delete dates are considered binding and will not be deleted for non-payment.
If you register for classes, you are responsible for all charges. Failure to pay, failure to officially withdraw by the refund date or failure to attend will not relieve you of the responsibility for these charges. In order to avoid financial responsibility, you must officially drop your classes by the refund deadline, if you decide not to attend. DO NOT assume you will be automatically dropped.
Visit Cost and Payment Deadlines for more information.
What is my financial responsibility if I register for a class? (back to top)
You are individually responsible for your tuition and fees. If you register for class, you are responsible for all charges. Failure to pay, failure to officially drop by the refund deadline or failure to attend will not relieve you of the responsibility of these charges. Non-attendance or failure to pay does not constitute an official withdrawal. In order to avoid financial responsibility, you must officially drop your classes by the refund deadline, if you decide not to attend. DO NOT assume you will be dropped automatically.
Will I get a full refund if I drop a class? (back to top)
To obtain a full refund, a course must be officially dropped by the refund deadline. The refund deadline for each course is listed in My MC and on the student schedule/bill. It is your responsibility to officially drop a course if you no longer wish to attend. Non-attendance or failure to pay does not constitute an official withdrawal. No full refunds will be issued for classes dropped after the refund deadline. To view your specific refund deadlines:
- Log into your My MC account by clicking on the yellow button at the top of the page.
- Under the “Student Quick Links” click on “My Class Schedule”
- Select the current term
- Click on “View Drop Deadline Dates” at the bottom of the page
See Refund Policy for Credit Courses for more information or watch "Finding Drop Deadlines" video.
Do I need a Student ID card? How do I get one? (back to top)
A student ID card with a current semester registration sticker will allow you to check out library books, use computer/writing labs and swimming pools, and receive free transportation on Ride-On buses within Montgomery County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You ID card must be validated each semester by placing the current semester registration stick on the card.
In order to obtain your Student ID Card, you will need a receipt and a picture ID.
How do I contact the Security Office? (back to top)
The Safety and Security Offices are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Campus Locations and phone numbers:
• Germantown 240-567-7777 Sciences/Applied Studies Bldg., Rm. 287
• Rockville 240-567-5111 Counseling & Advising Bldg., Rm. 101
• Takoma Park 240-567-1600 The Commons, Rm. 211
Emergency phones are also available at several locations on all three campuses.
Do I need a parking permit? (back to top)
You must have a permit to park in any Montgomery College lot. You can obtain a permit once you have registered and paid for classes. Permits are requested through your My MC account.
Please wait 24 hours after registration before requesting your permit. Also, be sure to update your address with the Office of Admissions and Records before proceeding, as your parking permit will be mailed to your address of record.
There is no additional cost for the parking permit.