Scholarships & Tuition Waivers

Cecil College offers scholarships and tuition waivers to a variety of populations, including:

  • Cecil County Public School students
  • STEM Academy students
  • Maryland residents 60 years of age and older
  • social security disability recipients
  • Maryland National Guard members
  • Maryland foster care recipients
  • employees of Cecil County businesses
  • students enrolled in statewide programs and specific health-related programs

Specific requirements and more details for each scholarship or waiver available through Cecil College can be found below.

For even more information about waivers, please refer to the college catalog.

Scholarships

Arts and Communications Program Scholarship

Eligibility

Students enrolled in the CCPS Arts & Communication cluster sequence, who can demonstrate successful completion of the CCPS coursework that is validated as the prerequisite for college-level coursework in Visual Communication at Cecil College.

Value

Recipients receive a scholarship from Cecil College and CCPS equal to two-thirds of the in-county tuition rate in effect for the semester. Students must pay the balance of tuition and all fees.

How to Apply

Special tuition rates apply only to specific dual enrollment college courses as outlined in the dual enrollment Arts and Communication Program in the CCPS Student Education Planning Guide and specifically designated pathway options in the Digital Arts pathway of the Guide.

Additional Notes

Special tuition rates apply only to specific dual enrollment college courses as outlined in the dual enrollment Arts and Communication Program in the CCPS Student Education Planning Guide and specifically designated pathway options in the Digital Arts pathway of the Guide.

Cecil College Foundation Scholarships

Eligibility

The Cecil College Foundation provides scholarships to recent high school graduates as well as returning students. All current and future Cecil College students are encouraged to apply between October 1st and April 30th.

Value

Award amounts vary.

How to Apply

Simply submit one online application to be eligible for all Foundation scholarships. For details on how to submit an online application, see the Foundation Scholarships page.

Additional Notes

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

College Bound Scholarship

Eligibility

Any student of Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS), as well as certain other pre-approved public and private high school juniors and seniors who enroll in college-level credit courses at Cecil College.

To participate, high school juniors must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. A grade point average of at least 2.5 is required for high school seniors for program eligibility.

Value

This is a 50-percent scholarship toward in-county tuition, based on residency.

How to Apply

See your High School Counselor-Students must meet all other Cecil College entrance requirements and must present an eligibility form signed by a parent and a high school principal or other designated authority.

STEM Academy Scholarship

Eligibility

Students enrolled in the CCPS STEM Academy, who can demonstrate completion of the course sequence in the STEM Academy pathway and successful completion of all coursework in the Math/Science sequence of the CCPS STEM Academy.

Value

Recipients receive a scholarship from Cecil College and CCPS equal to two-thirds of the in-county tuition rate in effect for the semester. Students must pay the balance of tuition and all fees.

How to Apply

See your High School Counselor.

Additional Notes

Special tuition rates apply only to dual enrollment courses at Cecil College in advanced science and mathematics courses as part of the CCPS STEM Academy Program.

Waivers & Discounts

Health Manpower Shortage Program Waiver

Eligibility

Out-of-county and out-of-state students enrolled at Cecil College in credit courses that are required in a designated Health Manpower Shortage Program. For both out-of-county (Maryland resident) students and out-of-state students, eligible programs include Registered Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing.

Value

This waiver reduces tuition rates to in-county rates per credit hour. Cecil College participates in the Health Manpower Shortage Program, as approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, in alignment with Maryland state law and consistent with fiscal policies within the College.

How to Apply

See the Nursing advisor at Cecil College.

Additional Notes

Out-of-county Students

Maryland residents who live outside of Cecil County must complete the application and enrollment process according to College policy and procedures. The student is required to attend an advising session with the College's pre-nursing advisor to complete the "Special Agreement" form in order to take advantage of the reduced tuition rate.

Out-of-state Students

Students who do not reside in Maryland must complete the application and enrollment process according to College policy and procedures. In addition, the student is also required to complete a specific application form and certification, obtainable through the Department of Nursing. The student must register for a minimum of 6 credits per semester at Cecil College, and must sign a surety bond or promissory note with the Maryland State Scholarship Administration. The student should bring the acceptance letter from MHEC to the Cashier 's Office to receive the tuition waiver.

Maryland Foster Care Recipients Waiver

Eligibility

In accordance with the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Cecil College offers this tuition waiver to any Maryland resident who resided in a foster care home at the time of graduation from high school or successful completion of a GED exam.

Value

Upon meeting eligibility requirements, the student is exempt from paying tuition and mandatory fees minus any grants or scholarships.

How to Apply

The student must comply with all other Cecil College entrance requirements, must present a confirmation of waiver approval from the State Department of Human Resources, and must complete the FAFSA application available from Financial Aid. Applicants must apply between January 1st and March 1st of each year.

Maryland National Guard Tuition Waiver

Eligibility

Any member of the Maryland National Guard who has at least 24 months remaining to serve and who is officially enrolled as a student of Cecil College.

Value

This is a 50-percent reduction of the in-county tuition rate. Students will be responsible for all related fees.

How to Apply

The student must first complete the application form for the Maryland National Guard Tuition waiver; next the student must obtain an authorization signature from the College Registrar or Cashier Manager by presenting a current military picture identification card and a document from the Maryland Adjutant General certifying that the student has at least 24 months remaining to serve or has agreed in writing to serve for a minimum of 24 months. After obtaining the required signature, the student can present the Tuition Waiver form to the Cashier 's Office and pay the balance of tuition and fees.

Senior Citizen Waiver

Eligibility

Any Maryland resident 60 years of age or older who is enrolled in a course that has sufficient enrollment to be conducted.

Value

This is a waiver covering tuition and student development fees. The student will be responsible for registration and course fees.

How to Apply

Proof of age will be required at the time of registration. Certain programs and courses available in continuing education (non-credit) are exempt from this waiver.

Social Security Disability Tuition Waiver

Eligibility

Any disabled Maryland resident who is receiving disability benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act or the Railroad Retirement Act and who has worked and earned wages prior to total and permanent disability.

Value

This is a full tuition waiver. Courses must have sufficient enrollment to be conducted, and eligible students will be responsible for related fees.

How to Apply

Complete the FAFSA application and Social Security Waiver Form.

Special Tuition Rates for Employees of Cecil County Businesses

Eligibility

Employees of Cecil County Businesses who register for credit courses and state-approved non-credit courses, provided the business is located in Cecil County and the employer is paying or reimbursing the tuition.

Value

This is a tuition waiver for out-of-county students and out-of-state students currently employed by a business located in Cecil County allowing the student to pay tuition at the in-county rate.

How to Apply

Upon completing registration, the student must provide a letter to the Cashier 's Office, stating the student 's name, active status of employment, and date on which employment began. (The student must be employed prior to registration for courses.) The letter must be written on company letterhead, signed by a company official, and must include the company phone number. It should include a list of course number(s) and title(s) as well as the start date for each course.

In addition, the letter must state whether the company is paying the College directly or reimbursing the student. The letter must state the amount that will be covered and indicate whether the student must meet certain requirements in order to receive the educational assistance. Letters that contain requirements such as a grade stipulation clause, will not be accepted as proof of payment. Any student using their employer as a source of payment should be aware that the student will personally be held responsible for paying their account in full if the employer chooses not to pay.

The detailed information above is not necessary if the employer states they will pay for any and all courses taken during a semester, with no restrictions.

Statewide Instructional Programs

Eligibility

Maryland residents attending Cecil College in programs that have been approved and designated as statewide programs by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Eligible programs include Government Contracting, Visual Communications, Transportation and Logistics and Supply Chain Management. More information on individual programs can be obtained from the MHEC website.

Value

This is a tuition discount for out-of-county students, allowing the student to pay tuition at the in-county rate.

How to Apply

The student must first complete the admissions and enrollment process according to College policy and procedures. Next, the student must complete the registration process with an advisor and complete the "Special Agreement" form at the time of registration for each semester.

Information About Promise Scholarships

In May 2018, Governor Hogan signed into law the Near Completers and Maryland Community College Promise Scholarships Act to help eligible students afford Maryland community college. While some have referred to this scholarship as “free college,” that's not an accurate phrase.

More detailed information will become available as the Maryland Higher Education Commission develops the regulations. For your convenience, the basic elements are outlined below:

  • Starting with the 2019-2020 academic year, there will be a $15 million annual appropriation.
  • Individuals who enroll in a community college as a candidate for a Vocational Certificate, Certificate, or Associate Degree program within 2 years after graduating from high school or successfully completing a GED in the State are eligible to apply.
  • This “last dollar” scholarship will cover tuition and mandatory fees after other financial aid (grants and scholarships) are calculated.
  • Students can receive an award up to $5,000 to cover any remaining tuition and mandatory fee expenses after all non-loan aid has been applied.
  • Applicants must have an annual income of not more than:
    • $100,000 if the applicant is single or resides in a single-parent household, or
    • $150,000 if the applicant is married or resides in a two-parent household
  • Applicants must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Applicants must enroll within 2 years of graduation from a Maryland high school or GED completion, have an overall minimum 2.3 (on a 4.0 scale) high school GPA, and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA at Cecil College.
  • Recipients must complete at least 12 credits per semester.
  • Recipients may receive the award for a maximum of 3 years or until they are awarded an associate’s degree.
  • Recipients must sign an agreement to work full-time in the State within one year after completion of the Vocational Certificate, Certificate, or Associate’s Degree program. Any recipient that received the award for more than one year must work full-time in the State for each year they received the award. This is called the “service obligation.”
  • Scholarships convert to loans if the recipient fails to fulfill the service obligation.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does it start?

Pending approval of the $15 million appropriation required by law to fund the scholarship awards, the program is expected to begin in fall 2019.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must enroll in a Maryland community college within two years of high school graduation or completion of a GED in Maryland. Applicants must have a high school GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale and enroll as a candidate for a vocational certificate, a credit certificate or an associate degree. If an applicant is single or resides in a single-parent household, their annual adjusted gross income (AGI) may not exceed $100,000. If an applicant is married or resides in a two-parent household, their annual AGI may not exceed $150,000. Credit students must enroll full time for at least 12 credits per term.

Why is this called a "last-dollar" scholarship?

All other financial aid must be calculated before the scholarship is awarded, and students must complete the FAFSA or any other applications for state or federal financial aid. If ineligible to submit a FAFSA, students must qualify for in-state tuition.

How do you stay eligible?

Students may hold the award for three years after enrolling, with priority given to recipients who remain eligible. Students must be enrolled continuously and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

How much aid do you receive?

For those who qualify, scholarship awards are limited to $5,000 per recipient per year, or actual tuition (whichever is less). Tuition means the basic instructional charge for courses offered and includes mandatory fees. Initial tuition awards will be provided to recipients based on greatest financial need.

What must you commit?

Students are required to maintain employment in Maryland for at least one year for each year the scholarship is awarded. Scholarships convert to loans if the recipient fails to fulfill the service obligation.