Montgomery College 2023-2024 Catalog 
    Oct 02, 2023  
Montgomery College 2023-2024 Catalog

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees paid by students cover a significant portion of the cost of the operation of the College. Revenues from the county and state governments make up nearly all the difference.

Students registered at the College pay tuition according to their residency classification, using the criteria outlined in Appendix A. Refer to the class schedule and/or the College website for current tuition and fee information.

The College reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.

In addition to tuition, students pay a consolidated fee of 20 percent of tuition with a minimum charge of $50 and other applicable fees. Some courses require that students purchase textbooks and additional supplies or equipment, which may add significantly to the cost of these courses.

Tuition and fees apply regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely or in any alternative format for any part of the academic year.

Appeals of Residency Classification

A change in residency classification or an appeal of current classification, as outlined in Appendix A, may be requested within a reasonable time following a decision by the College. Appeals for changes of residency classification must be accompanied by evidence justifying such changes and must be processed prior to the end of the third week of classes. Any changes processed after the third week of classes will be effective the following semester. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the campus registrar. If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the registrar, a written appeal may be made to the director of records & registration and college registrar, whose decision is final.

Business/Industry Tuition Agreements

Businesses or other organizations that do business in the state of Maryland may be eligible to enter into an agreement with the College that affords their employees or members tuition and fees at the in-county residence rate, regardless of actual domicile. The courses taken must benefit the employer, and the employer must pay for the courses directly or through an employee reimbursement program. Contact the Office of Records & Registration for more information.

Tuition Waiver

People 60 Years and Older. Maryland state residents who have enrolled in any credit or credit-equivalent course offered by the College will have their tuition waived if they are 60 years of age or older. Those who are age 60 or older must register during the final three days of registration to be eligible for the tuition waiver. The waiver is granted on a space-available basis.

Maryland National Guard. Any resident of Maryland who is a member of the Maryland National Guard for a minimum of a 24-month enlistment and enrolls in any class at the College, which is eligible under the Annotated Code of Maryland, Section 16-106 (Educ.) for state support, shall be eligible for a 50 percent waiver of the tuition.

People with Disabilities. 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 who enrolls in a community college class that has at least 10 regularly enrolled students may be eligible for a tuition waiver. The waiver is available for six credits per semester for students who have not declared a degree or certificate program. If a student enrolls in a degree program, they are eligible for up to 12 credits of tuition waiver per semester. Students must complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid online by the priority deadline (March 1 for fall semester, November 1 for spring or winter sessions, April 1 for summer sessions). For more information on this tuition waiver, visit

Foster Care Recipients. Any foster care recipient who resides in a foster home located in the state of Maryland, and who is enrolled at the College in an associate’s degree program on or before reaching 21 years of age, shall be eligible for waiver of tuition and mandatory fees, provided that he or she has filed for federal and state financial aid by March 1 of each year.


Fees related to registration, tuition, and other charges are payable in full by the deadline indicated, unless the student has signed up for an installment plan. No fees are to be collected in the classroom. Fees are not normally refundable.

Application fee (nonrefundable): $25 This nonrefundable fee must accompany all applications for admission from students who will be registering for credit courses at the College for the first time.

Applied music fee: $150 per credit/billing hour. Covers the additional costs associated with applied music courses.

Change of schedule fee: $10 Within the first week (seven calendar days including the day classes begin as stated in the College calendar) of classes, students may adjust their schedule of study at no charge. Thereafter, a fee is charged for each schedule change.

Consolidated fee (see refund policy later in this section): 20 percent of tuition charged per bill hour; minimum $50.

All students must pay this fee, this fee is assessed to support many of the costs associated with college provided resources and services such as: registration, records, in-class instructional supplies, library, learning centers, counseling and advising, student activities, athletics, and intramurals.

Credit-by-examination fee: 40 percent of in-county tuition rate.

This fee is charged to students on the basis of the number of credit hours in the course and is equal to 40 percent of the in-county tuition rate. Where a national examination is used, any additional charges will be paid by the student.

Invalid check fee: $35/occurrence

This fee is charged if a paper check, given for and/or by a student, is not honored by the bank. Returned checks may cause the student’s registration to be canceled.

Installment Plan Late Payment Fee: $35/ occurrence

Library fines and fees (as incurred)

Each library patron is responsible for returning books or other materials to the library. Fines are assessed for overdue materials. A fee is assessed based on the value of damaged or non-returned materials.

Major facilities reserve fund fee: ($7 per billing hour) this fee is assessed to support the renewal and replenishment of College facilities and applicable debt service costs incurred for such renewal and replenishment.

Replacement diploma fee: $25 This fee is charged to students who wish to replace a lost or mutilated diploma.

Student status letter of certification fee: $5 This fee is charged each time a College office must produce a certification of various types of College academic and financial records. Certifications may be in the form of a letter certifying the full-time status of the student (or other academic information) or in the form of a copy of the student’s financial record with the certification that the copy is a true and accurate record. This fee is only assessed for those certifications that are College generated. Certifications that are sent to the College and merely signed are not subject to this fee. No certifications will be issued for any student who is financially delinquent with the College.

Technology fee: ($5 per billing hour) this fee is assessed to support the cost of technology incurred for instructional programs.

Traffic fines: (variable) Fines are charged for violations of the College traffic regulations. See the Montgomery College Motor Vehicle Regulations publication available online.

Transcript fee:  Official electronic transcripts may be purchased for $10.  Official hard copies of transcripts can be purchased by mail and in person for $7.  No transcript will be issued for any student who is financially delinquent with the College.

Transportation fee: ($7 per billing hour) this fee is assessed to support the cost of transportation operations including maintaining parking garages, parking lots, campus roadways; parking enforcement and administration, the Metro Ride On service, and shuttle services, and debt service costs incurred for these operations.

Financial Responsibility

Each student is individually responsible for his or her tuition and fees. Payment in full is due at time of registration unless an authorized payment plan arrangement (tuition installment plan) has been executed by the student at time of registration. See Appendix B for more details. Stopping payment on a check tendered in payment of tuition and fees does not relieve the student of financial responsibility for incurred tuition and fee charges. To ensure that the student’s financial record reflects the correct charges, the student is responsible for officially dropping or adding courses in MyMC or in-person at the Office of Records & Registration. If courses are not dropped before the refund date for a course the student will be responsible for the charges.

If a third party such as, but not limited to, a federal, state, or municipal government agency agrees to pay a student’s tuition and fees, the student is not relieved of his or her primary responsibility. If such a third party fails to honor its agreement, the College reserves the right to bill the student directly.   

Outstanding financial balances must be paid before future registration is permitted or certifications, diplomas, or transcripts are issued.

NOTE: In accordance with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (effective August 1, 2019) and notwithstanding the preceding section or any other College policy/procedure to the contrary, the College will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of any late fee, precluding registration or otherwise denying access to classes, libraries or other College facilities, or requiring the student to borrow additional funds, on any student using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31) or Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) benefits who has unpaid financial obligations due to any delay in payment or disbursement of funding by the VA.

Students intending to use Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 benefits are required to: (1) submit a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to the College Registrar, or designee, no later than the first day that the class(es) meet, unless the Registrar, or designee, makes an exception; (2) submit a written request to use such entitlement; and (3) provide additional information necessary to properly certify.

Charges and associated fees not covered by educational assistance under Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 are the sole responsibility of the student. Penalties, including but not limited to late fees, drops for non-payment and registration holds, may be applied to the student’s account for unpaid charges not covered under Chapter 31 or Chapter 33. The student can bring their account into a paid status by paying their remaining balance in full or by enrolling in payment plan approved by the College.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

The Cashier’s Office will accept all forms of payment (cash, check, money order, credit card, or debit card). Checks and money orders must be made payable to Montgomery College for the exact amount of tuition and fees. Montgomery College does not accept counter checks, two-party checks, or starter checks. The College also accepts VISA, Master Card, and Discover credit or debit cards in payment of tuition and fees in person and online. Payments from international bank accounts must be made through Flywire. Tuition and fees are to be paid in full upon registration with the exception of the installment plans. See Appendix B for more details.

Tuition and Fees Installment Program

Information on paying tuition and fees by installment plan can be found at

Refunds Due to Class Withdrawal or Class Cancellation

The effective date for withdrawal will be the date that the student successfully drops the class online or in-person at the Office of Records & Registration. The refund deadline date for each course section is noted in MyMC. All refunds are payable to the student of record. Montgomery College can refund students electronically. Students must set up an eRefund account through MyMC. eRefunds must be set up in advance of an expected refund. eRefunds accounts require verification and may take up to two full weeks from the set up date until the account is verified and activated. eRefunds will go directly to the student’s bank account. Refunds may also be issued by credit card and check.

The refund policy is as follows:

  • For courses canceled by the College: 100 percent refund of tuition, consolidated fee, major facilities reserve fee, applied music fee, and technology fee.
  • For courses dropped by the student by the published deadline date (listed on the student schedule/invoice): 100 percent refund of tuition, consolidated fee, major facilities reserve fund fee, applied music fee, and technology fee.
  • For students involuntarily withdrawing from the College: (1) Under certain circumstances, refunds of tuition only (fees are nonrefundable after published refund date) will be prorated based on the total amount of expired course time after the first week of classes (see the section on involuntary withdrawal in Appendix C for details). (2) For military personnel called to active duty or being transferred because of related troop movements, a 100 percent refund of tuition and fees will be provided for the semester within which the effective date of withdrawal falls (see Appendix C).

Treatment of Title IV Funds When Students Withdraw

Students who are awarded Title IV financial aid must earn their aid by attending classes. When students completely withdraw from school or stop attending school during a semester, the school must follow rules established by the federal government to determine the amount of financial aid earned.

  • When students receive more Title IV funds than they have earned, the unearned portion must be returned to program accounts. This may result in students owing money to either the College or the federal government.
  • When students have not received all of their earned Title IV funds, they may still receive disbursement of this aid.

Title IV funds include the following programs: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Direct Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), and Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Examples of how this policy is applied are available at the Office of Student Financial Aid at each campus or under Financial Assistance Information.

Textbooks and Supplies

Textbooks and course-related supplies are not included in tuition and fees. All required books and supplies should be purchased before the first day of classes. Books and supplies cost approximately $60-$200 per course and can be purchased from the bookstore on the campus where the course is taught or online two weeks before the start of classes. Students should check the booklist posted in each store or on the MC Books & More website,