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    May 20, 2024  
Catalog 2017-2018 
Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition and Fees

Financial Information for Credit Courses

The following tuition and fees schedule was effective for fall 2016. The college reserves the right to adjust this tuition and fees schedule without prior notification. Students should check the college’s website at for the most current rates.

Tuition (beginning Fall 2017)

Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s County residents $125/credit
Other Maryland residents $217/credit
Out-of-state residents $280/credit
Credit by examination (not refundable) $20/credit


Combined Fee (each course) 23% of tuition amount
Application/reapplication (each course) no cost
Course (each course) see Online Services for course info
Graduation fee - certificate or degree programs no cost

Graduation and Commencement fee
(Note: Graduates may need to purchase a cap and gown if participating in commencement)

no cost

Letter of Recognition no cost
Online/web course (each course) $20/credit
Collection Cost 17% of balance added to balance due
Returned, dishonored check or electronic payments* $25
CSM Tuition Payment Plan returned NSF* $25
Transcript $5
Late registration no cost
Replacement of diploma/certificate* (form) $20
Replacement of CSM OneCard $25
Test administration* contact Testing Center for details
Placement test retake* $30
Academic clemency* $40
Certification verification (not refundable) $20/credit
Portfolio assessment (not refundable) $100/credit

*Non-refundable fee

Any student delinquent in payment of tuition, fees, or with overdue library materials will not receive a grade report or transcript and will not be allowed to withdraw from classes or register in the following semester until such delinquency has been satisfied. The college reserves the right to administratively withdraw a student for nonpayment.

Estimated College Costs Per Semester

Part-time: Full-time:
3 credits $681 12 credits $2,722
6 credits $1,361 15 credits $3,403
9 credits $2,041  

All figures above are approximations based on average figures for tuition, fees, and textbooks. The college reserves the right to adjust tuition and fees without prior notification.

The college does not have on-campus room and board and does not provide transportation to practica or co-op education sites. Transportation and personal expenses vary greatly among students depending on their living arrangements.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

In order to confirm a registration, the college requires students to select one of the payment options listed below at the time of registration. In order to secure your registration, you need to do one of the following:

Payment Policy During Pre-Registration Period:

  • pay 20% down (only available to credit students who register during the advance registration period)
  • submit a FAFSA, and the results must be received by CSM (for credit students only)
  • sign up for the CSM Tuition Payment Plan
  • submit tuition assistance paperwork to the Bursar’s Office or tuition assistance paperwork to
  • pay in full

Payment Policy for Registrations After Payment in Full Due Date:

  • pay in full
  • have sufficient approved and processed financial aid to cover any outstanding balance
  • sign up for the CSM Tuition Payment Plan
  • have approved and processed tuition assistance paperwork to cover the balance

Student and sponsor (any organization external to the college who has contracted with the college for the delivery of services for specified students) accounts not paid in full by the due date are considered to be delinquent accounts and subject to collection action. Those accounts that are turned over to an outside collection agency will be held financially responsible for all tuition, fees and charges, late fees, and reasonable attorney’s fees and collection costs, and may be reported to credit bureaus. In addition, the student will not be able to register for future semesters or receive grades or transcripts until the account is settled in full. Help CSM to avoid this situation by ensuring that your account is consistently settled in a timely manner.

Payment Plan

The college offers a tuition payment plan, FACTS, to enable students to more easily afford educational expenses. FACTS gives students a convenient, interest-free way to budget education expenses. Instead of having to pay 100% of their tuition at the beginning of the semester students may pay a percentage down and budget the remaining charges for up to four (4) months for the fall and spring semesters, and up to two (2) months for the summer session. Because this is not a loan program, there is no debt, no credit search, and no interest or finance charge assessed on the unpaid balance. The only cost is a per semester nonrefundable enrollment fee. The FACTS information is posted on the college’s website.

Financial Information for Continuing Education Courses

Tuition and course fees vary among continuing education classes. Check Online Services tuition and fee information.

Additional Continuing Education Tuition/Fees

Legal residents of Maryland residing outside of the tri-county area $5.00 more per course
Out-of-state residents $10.00 more per course
Replacement of Continuing Education Certificate no cost
Returned, dishonored check or electronic payments (Non-refundable fee) $25.00

Credit and Continuing Education Refunds


Students may be eligible for a refund if they drop classes during the published refund period.  Students will not be eligible for a refund if they withdraw after the published refund period ends.  Check the CSM Academic Calendar for withdrawal deadlines each semester.


A student dropping a course prior to the first day of a class is eligible for a 100 percent refund of tuition and applicable fees (see the schedule to determine those fees that are refundable). In addition,

For courses that last 14 weeks or longer:

  • 100% refund on the first day of class
  • 100% refund during the first week (the 7-calendar-day period following the first day of class)
  • 0% refund after the first week

For courses that last 6 to 13 weeks:

  • 100% refund on the first day of class
  • 100% refund during the first two days following the start of class (does not include the first day of class)
  • 50% refund during the remainder of the first week (the next 5-calendar-day period)
  • 0% refund after the first week

For courses that last 15 days to 5 weeks:

  • 100% refund on the first day of class
  • 100% refund during the first two calendar days following the start of class (does not include the first day of class)
  • 0% refund after the first two days

For courses that last 14 days or fewer:

  • 0% refund on or after the first day of class

In extreme circumstances, where the student is forced to withdraw after the normal refund period, the college may consider an exception to our published policy. To be eligible for consideration, the student must meet the criteria described in the Emergency Withdrawal and Tuition Refund Policy (under Student Progress and Academic Records ).

To determine refund dates for open enrollment courses, please call the Registrar’s Office. Students wishing to drop a course and receive a refund must make the change through Online Services or by submitting a Change of Schedule form at the Information Counter on the La Plata Campus or the main office at one of the other CSM campuses. Students enrolled in courses canceled by the college will automatically receive full credit of tuition and fees.

Refunds will first be applied to any past-due balances owed the college. To verify a refund date, please call the Bursar’s Office at the La Plata Campus, 301-934-7712 or by email

College Store Refunds

To receive a refund, students must return textbooks in new condition, with original receipt, within the time limit set by the College Store and must adhere to the College Store refund policy. A copy of the refund policy is available from the College Store.