Financial Aid

We understand that paying for college and applying for financial aid can be a stressful and confusing process. Our goal is to make the process understandable and easy to follow by providing the resources and support you need to be successful.

Getting Started

Financial aid programs are designed to assist qualified students in meeting their college-related expenses. There are several sources of financial aid programs students may qualify for.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to determine eligibility for the following:

Visit the Help page on to get frequently asked questions about the FAFSA answered before you begin filling it out.


Financial aid labs are designed to provide students with assistance in completing the FAFSA, Foundation scholarship applications, and to answer any basic questions you may have about the application process.

The FAFSA Lab at Cecil College is located on the North East Campus, Building A, Room 123B and is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to noon, and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

So that we may assist you with your questions and completion of the FAFSA, please be sure to come to the lab with the appropriate federal tax returns, W-2 forms, and any other additional income information you may have. Applicants who are dependents under 24 years of age require the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

For more information, please contact us at (410) 287-1003.

Foundation Scholarships

Due to COVID-19, the Cecil College Foundation Scholarship application deadline has been extended to May 31, 2020.

The Cecil College Foundation provides scholarships to recent high school graduates as well as adult students. Whether you are currently a student at Cecil College or plan to be, you're encouraged to apply for a scholarship. The period to apply is open from October 1st to April 30th each year.

For additional information, read the frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions, please contact the Foundation at (410) 287-1053 or

Scholarships Binder

Learn more about currently available external scholarships by visiting the Financial Aid Office on the North East Campus and checking out the Scholarships Binder.

Cohort Default Rates

School PRGMS FY2012 FY2011 FY2010
Cecil College
One Seahawk Drive
North East, MD 21901-1999
Both (FFEL/FDL) Default Rate 14.4 18.1 19.3
No. in Default 36 37 34
No. in Repay 250 204 176
Enrollment Figures 3274 3279 3113
Percentage Calculation 7.6 6.2 5.7


To provide context for the Cohort Default Rate (CDR) data, we include enrollment data (students enrolled at any time during the year) and a corresponding percentage (borrowers entering repayment divided by that enrollment figure). While there is no direct relationship between the timing of when a borrower entered repayment (October 1st through September 30th) and any particular enrollment year, for the purpose of this data, we have chosen to use the academic year ending on the June 30th prior to the beginning of the cohort year (e.g., FY 2011 CDR Year will use 2009-2010 enrollment).

Coronavirus Update

Cecil College is actively monitoring the status of COVID-19 locally, regionally, and nationally. We are working with our local health department and county offices to stay up to date on the latest developments regarding the coronavirus. As of now, all classes and events on campus are taking place as scheduled.

The College is utilizing additional precautionary measures to maintain a healthful environment on all of our campuses. Our Facilities department has added additional cleaning protocols to their daily routine to help prevent the spread of germs, including the use of disinfectant wipes on high-traffic surfaces like door handles and light switches.

In addition, the College is routinely posting information regarding the prevention of germ transmission on all on-campus monitors, our student and employee newsletters, and our primary social media channels. We also have signage both on campus and on larger event promotions reminding the community that if someone isn’t feeling well or has recently traveled to any of the global, high-risk areas, the responsible thing to do is to stay home. The College continues to monitor updates from local, state and national public health officials and will update this message as necessary.