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    May 21, 2024  
Catalog 2024-2025 
Catalog 2024-2025

Tuition and Fees

Financial Information for Credit and Continuing Education Courses

The following tuition and fees schedule is effective Fall 2024 through Summer 2025. 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.

Credit Tuition (Fall 2024 - Summer 2025)

Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s County residents $140/credit
Other Maryland residents $245/credit
Out-of-state residents $335/credit
Credit by examination (not refundable) $20/credit

Continuing Education Tuition (Fall 2024 - Summer 2025)

Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s County residents

See continuing education schedule of classes

Other Maryland residents

$5 more / course

Out of State residents

$10 more / course


General / Course Fees (non-refundable)

Combined fee **

25% / tuition amount

Course specific fee

See Online Services for course info

Electronic book fee (Note: An E-Book fee may be applied to your course. For more information or to opt-out, see Direct Digital Access)

Cost varies, see latest schedule of classes

Admissions / reapplication fee

Covered by combined fee

Registration fee

Covered by combined fee

Student activities fee

Covered by combined fee

Technology fee

Covered by combined fee

Non-returned Equipment / Supplies fee

Item replacement cost

Student Accounts Fees (non-refundable)

Payment Plan enrollment fee

$50 / semester

Returned Payment Fee


Payment Plan missed payment fee


CSM ID card

Covered by combined fee

CSM ID card replacement


Collection fees (SCCU referral)

17% of outstanding balance

Prior Learning / Examination Fees (non-refundable)

Certification Verification

$20 / credit

Credit by Examination

$20 / credit

Academic Clemency


Test Administration (CLEP, WorkKeys, Placement Test retake, etc.)

Contact the Testing Center for details

Graduation / Credential Fees

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

Replacement of Diploma / Certificate (Visit Website)


Replacement of Continuing Education Certificate / Letter

No cost

Official Transcript


Unofficial Transcript

No cost

** Every student taking a credit or continuing education course is required to pay a combined registration fee. For credit students, the combined fee includes the registration fee, campus fee, technology fee, and student activity fee. For continuing education students, the combined fee includes the registration fee, campus fee, and a technology fee, but not a student activity fee. The student activity fee portion of the combined fee enables the college to provide many extracurricular and co-curricular benefits to students. Each spring the Student Government Association (SGA) allocates the money for student activities, student clubs and organizations, and student services. Students are then able to take advantage of these activities and services for free or at a reduced cost. Students learn about upcoming activities through promotions posted on campus, bulletin boards, the HawkTalk student newsletter, and the college website.


Any student delinquent in payment of tuition, fees, or with overdue library materials 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 $791 12 credits $3,162
6 credits $1,581 15 credits $3,953
9 credits $2,372  

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 practicum 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. To secure your registration, you need to do one of the following:

Payment Policy

  • If you register for credit or continuing education classes, you are ultimately responsible for your course(s). 
  • If you register before the payment due date, your full amount owed is due by the date listed online at
  • If you register on or after the payment due date, you must pay in full, enroll in the payment plan or meet one of the other options listed below on the day you register. 
  • If you do not meet your unpaid financial obligations in full by payment due date, you could be dropped from your last class(es) added until your balance due is zero or less.
  • If you register on or after the first day of class you are financially responsible for your course(s).  Please see the refund schedule by semester at


By the Payment Due Date you must:

  • Pay in full online using MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express or e-Check.
  • Pay in full by cash, check, credit card or money order in person by visiting a convenient campus location.
  • Have sufficient approved and processed financial aid to cover any outstanding balance.
  • Enroll in the CSM Tuition Payment Plan online. Questions may be e-mailed to The down payment is due at the time of enrollment in the payment plan. If the down payment is not made, you could be removed from the payment plan and may be dropped from your courses for non-payment.
  • Have approved and processed tuition assistance paperwork. Visit CSM’s Third-party or Employer-paid Registration at for more information. Paperwork and questions can be e-mailed to

Delinquent Accounts

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 CSM Tuition Payment Plan 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 multiple months, based on plan enrollment date. 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. CSM Tuition Payment Plan information is posted on the college’s website.

Tuition Assistance

Employer Tuition Assistance

Many employers provide tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement to their employees.  Students are encouraged to explore this possibility with their employers’ human resource or personnel offices.

Tuition Rate for Maryland Employers

CSM offers a cost-saving agreement that allows employers located and doing business in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties to be charged lower, in-county tuition rates for their employees who do not live in Calvert, Charles, or St. Mary’s counties.  Maryland employers not located in Calvert, Charles, or St. Mary’s counties may be charged a lower, out-of-county tuition rate for their employees who live outside the state of Maryland.  For details, call the Student Account Services Office at 301-934-7712 or 240-725-5499, ext. 7712.

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 first 7 calendar days of class)
  • 0% refund after the first week

For courses that last 15 days to 13 weeks:

  • 100% refund on the first day of class
  • 100% refund during the first two days following the start of class (the first 3 calendar days 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 Student Account Services 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.