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

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

Scholarship Guide

For more information about grants, scholarships, loans, and other types of aid that you can apply for to help pay for your education, please visit our Scholarship Guide.

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).

Website Privacy Policy

Cecil College maintains this website to inform you of the many offerings and activities pertinent to the institution. We appreciate the trust you place in Cecil College, and we are committed to respecting your privacy and the security of your personal information. Our privacy statement, dated October 2006, describes the information we collect and how we use it. When using this site, you agree to the terms and conditions listed in the statement.

Privacy Statement

For each visitor to our web site, the web server automatically recognizes the visitor’s domain name. We do not link IP addresses to personally identifiable information. No marketing databases are created as a result of your visit, nor are there any commercial uses made of any such data.

Cecil College does collect the following information:

  1. the domain name of visitors to our web page.
  2. aggregate information on what pages visitors access.
  3. certain technical information, such as the browser version and operating system.
  4. broad demographic information for aggregate use.
  5. the e-mail addresses of those who voluntarily communicate with us via e-mail.
  6. information volunteered by the visitor, such as survey information and/or site registrations.

The information collected is used:

  1. to improve the content of our web site.
  2. to analyze usage trends.
  3. to notify visitors about updates to our web site.
  4. by us to contact visitors for marketing purposes.

If you supply us with your postal address on-line, you may receive periodic mailings from us with information on new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

If you supply us with your telephone number on-line, you may receive telephone contact from us with information regarding new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

If you contact us voluntarily via email, you may receive email messages from us with information regarding new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

The Cecil College web site may contain links and information from other institutions and/or organizations. Cecil is not responsible for the privacy practices of these institutions and/or organizations, access is at your own risk. Cecil College will not sell, rent, or lease your e-mail address to others. Cecil does not set any cookies.

If you have questions about this privacy statement, you may contact us by mail at the following address:

Communications Office
Cecil College
One Seahawk Drive
North East, MD 21901

You may send e-mail to the Communications Office at You may call us at (410) 287-1000.

If you do not wish to receive emails, mailings or phone calls from Cecil College please request removal from our lists through the contact information listed above. If you wish to update your contact information, please inform us at the above.