Harford Community College practices an open door policy
of enrollment. Students are enrolled at the College without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national
origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by
law. Some restrictions exist for applicants who are currently
enrolled in high school, under 16 years of age, not U.S.
citizens, or deemed incapable of exhibiting and practicing
professional student behavior. The College prohibits the
enrollment of individuals listed on the National or Maryland
Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Sex
Offender Registry or with the Harford County Child Advocacy
At enrollment, students agree to assume the risks and
liabilities entailed in any course requirement. The student
releases and holds harmless Harford Community College,
its trustees, faculties, and administration from any injury
sustained through his/her actions or the actions of other
students enrolled in the course.
A student whose work at Harford Community College has
been interrupted for two or more years must file an application
for re-enrollment with the Registration and Records Office. An
application for re-enrollment may be subject to evaluation
under certain circumstances. Readmitted students are required
to follow the program requirements in effect for the academic
year for which they are readmitted.
All students applying to the College should submit an
application and transcripts, if required, to:
Registration and Records Office
Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Road Bel Air, Maryland 21015-1698
Non U.S. citizens must complete the HCC paper application
for enrollment. Valid photo identification verifying current
immigration status (work card, resident card, or applicable visa)
must be presented in person at the time of application
submission. The online Application for Enrollment from non
U.S. citizens will not be accepted or processed.
Inquiries by email may be addressed to
or by phone to the Admissions Office at 443-412-2107.
Applications are accepted at any time. For best selection of
courses, apply by June 1 for the Fall semester, November 1 for
the Spring semester, and April 1 for the Summer sessions.
Students are enrolled in the College based on their academic
goal: 1) taking courses, 2) degree seeking, or 3) certificate
seeking. In order to be eligible for financial aid consideration,
students must declare that they are seeking a degree or
certificate and must hold a high school diploma or GED.
Send official high school or GED transcripts to the Registration and Records Office if:
Applying for financial aid.
Still enrolled in high school or have graduated within the last three years and the academic
goal is an Associate degree or Certificate.
Send official college transcripts to the Registration and Records Office if:
Applying for veterans’ benefits, in which case Veterans Administration regulations require
that student is an Associate degree or Certificate candidate.
Desire to have previous college credits evaluated for
transfer to Harford Community College. Transcripts
will only be evaluated if the student has declared a
program of study.
Did not graduate and want to determine if exempt
from College’s mathematics and English assessment
If the student is enrolled at another college or university
and is taking Harford Community College courses to
transfer back to that institution, transcripts are not
required. Proof of current enrollment at the home
institution is required at the time of registration (valid
college ID, copy of grades or letter from school official).
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
High school juniors and seniors have four options by which
they may attend Harford Community College while still
attending high school. Before selecting any of these options,
students should consult with their parent(s)/guardian(s) and
the high school guidance counselor. Students will be enrolled at
Harford Community College as undeclared students who are
only taking courses.
Waiver of Senior Year — Students may waive all of their
senior year and still graduate with their high school class.
Students must contact the high school guidance office to
complete the Harford Public Schools Application for
Waiver of Senior Year, which requires a student letter
explaining reasons for applying for this waiver and a
parent letter supporting the application. Students may be
required to take HCC courses that match high school
requirements that have not been met at the time the application
for the waiver is submitted. Upon completion
of the first year at HCC when the student has earned
24 college-level credits, the student will receive a high
Dual Enrollment — Students may enroll in college credit
courses and use these courses for high school graduation
credit as well as college credit. Students must contact the
high school guidance office to complete the Harford
County Public Schools Application for Dual Enrollment at
Harford Community College and to receive enrollment
guidelines. Generally, students will be limited to earning
two high school credits through HCC courses.
Part-Time Attendance — Students may enroll in college
courses that meet during the regular school day and spend
only a part of each day at the high school. When choosing
this option, the HCC courses would not be used for high
school transfer credit. Students must contact the high
school guidance office to complete the Harford County
Public Schools Application for Part-Time Attendance.
Concurrent Enrollment — Students may enroll in college
courses that meet beyond the regular school day but
choose not to use these courses for high school transfer
credit. No Harford County Public Schools application is
Some restrictions exist for students under the age of 16.
Contact the Coordinator for Admissions at 443-412-2379 for
further detailed information regarding enrollment.
After completing certain college requirements, students are
considered for admission to the Nursing programs. The
number of students who can be admitted to Nursing is limited
by availability of clinical space at affiliating health care
agencies. (For specific requirements, students should see the
Nursing programs in this Catalog.)
SPECIAL ADMISSION PROCEDURES FOR
Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student and Other Visas
The College is authorized under federal law to consider
applications for enrollment of non-immigrant alien students
in the F-1 visa status. Prospective students must satisfy
academic, College admission requirements as well as
requirements for the certificate of eligibility (I-20 Form)
prior to applying for the F-1 Student Visa. The College
reserves the right to determine the requirements for
enrollment. Documentation required prior to admission
and registration includes the following:
As there are no residence halls or dormitories on
campus, each prospective international student must
demonstrate the availability of residence with local
family or friends. Such local sponsorship ensures
assistance with housing, meals, transportation, social
and religious practices, public services, medical care,
shopping and adjustment to cultural change. Students
without local addresses will not be considered for
International Student Application, following deadlines:
New (visa) credit students
Transfer (visa) credit students
HCC paper application for enrollment. The online
Application for Enrollment from non U.S. citizens will
not be accepted or processed.
Verification of English language proficiency. In most
cases, students are required to take the Test of English
as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a minimum
score of 500 (standard test) or 173 (computer-based
test), or 61 (Internet-based test). All international students who are admitted
to HCC will be required to take the College’s Academic
Declaration of financial resources to demonstrate ability
to fund education, health insurance and living expenses.
Students should not expect to find part-time employment
on campus, as such jobs are scarce. International
students must be enrolled full-time taking a minimum
of 12 credits both fall and spring semesters.
Official transcripts approved by an authorized transcript
evaluation service such as World Education Services (
Please allow adequate time for requesting,
translating, and evaluating of academic credentials from
a college or university outside of the United States.
Transfer of credits will be considered on the basis of
applicability to the student’s chosen program of study
at Harford Community College. Transcripts will only
be evaluated for students who have declared a program
Demonstration of valid passport, I-94 card, current
I-20ID form, if appropriate, and all other pertinent
identification and documentation.
International students with other types of visas may also
be eligible to attend the College. In addition to the standard
application materials, students must present proof of
immigration status and type.
Tuition rates for international students are based on visa type
and not on local residency. Permanent residents, resident
aliens, officially recognized refugees and asylees and those in
possession of A, J, L, or H visa types are charged in-county
fees if residing in Harford County. Students with all other visa
types, including F-1 and M-1, are charged out-of-country fees.
Note: The College follows the same guidelines for
determining the tuition rates for international students
enrolling in noncredit courses as in credit courses.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission can approve a
degree program as a Statewide or Health Workforce Shortage
Program if the program is a specialized technical program that
prepares students for immediate employment upon completion
and if there is a broad-based demand for employees in the
specialized field across the State. The Statewide designation
allows students who do not reside in Harford County but are
residents of Maryland to attend Harford Community College
at in-county tuition rates. Students must declare the Statewide
or the Health Workforce Shortage Program as their major
by the start of the fall and spring semesters or the winter
and summer sessions, and all enrolled courses must be
applicable to the major. Contact the Financial Aid Office
at 443-412-2257 for details.
RESIDENCY AND TUITION POLICY
Students at Harford Community College are charged
tuition according to their residency. A student’s residency is
determined at the time of admission to the College. For the
purposes of assessing tuition charges, Harford Community
College adheres to guidelines established by the Maryland
Higher Education Commission and the Code of Maryland
Regulations. These guidelines state that a student’s residency,
also referred to as “domicile,” is the permanent place of abode,
where physical presence and possessions are maintained with
the intention of remaining indefinitely.
The main factor in determining residency is a student’s
independent/dependent financial status. If a student is a
financially dependent (received more than one-half of his/her
financial support from another in the most recently completed
year), the student’s domicile is the domicile of the person
contributing the greatest proportion of support, without
regard to whether the parties are related by blood or marriage.
Students will be considered in-county residents if they or the
person who contributes more than one-half of the student’s
financial support maintain legal domicile in Harford County
for a period of not less than three months prior to the start of
the semester/term. Students will be considered in-state residents
if they or the person who contributes more than one-half of the
student’s financial support maintain legal domicile in
Maryland, but outside Harford County, for a period of not less
than three months prior to the start of the semester/term.
Otherwise, a student shall be considered an out-of-state
resident. Local addresses that pertain only for the purposes of
attending college will NOT be considered for determination of
If information is received which would contradict or call
into question the validity of the residency status that was
determined at the time of admission, a student may be
asked to provide proof of residency and his/her tuition
rate may be affected.
To request a change in residency, students must submit
a Change in Residency Form along with appropriate
documentation to the Registration and Records Office.
Forms are available in the Registration and Records Office. A
request for a change in residency must be received prior to the
start of the semester/term. Otherwise, any approved change in
residency will apply to the next semester.
The College shall consider the following factors for
substantiation of residency:
Ownership or rental of local quarters
Substantially uninterrupted physical presence,
including the months when the student is not in
attendance at the College
Maintenance in Maryland and in Harford County of all,
or substantially all, of the student’s possessions
Payment of Maryland state and local piggy-back
income taxes on all income earned, including income
earned out of state
Registration to vote in Maryland and Harford County
Registration of a motor vehicle in Maryland, with a
local address specified, if the student owns or uses such
Possession of a valid Maryland driver’s license with a
local address specified, if the student is licensed anywhere
to drive a motor vehicle
Questions regarding residency and tuition rates should be
referred to the Registration and Records Office.
Any student enrolled in twelve or more credit hours per
semester is considered a full-time student. Full-time students
are urged to limit employment to fifteen to twenty hours per
Any student enrolled in fewer than twelve credit hours per
semester is considered a part-time student. Students employed
full-time are urged to enroll in no more than six credit hours
Students are expected to attend all instructional sessions unless absent
because of mandatory obligations (such as religious practice, jury duty, and
military service), participation in authorized College extracurricular
activities, or excused by the the instructor. The student is
responsible for contacting the instructor about the absence and completing
the missed course work. Furthermore, it is the student's
responsibility to withdraw officially from any course which he/she ceases to
attend. Failure to withdraw could result in a grade of F.
ACADEMIC ADVISING, CAREER AND
Academic advisors and faculty advisors are available to help
students attain their educational and career goals by planning
academic programs, selecting courses, and preparing for
transfer or employment. New students who are working
toward an associate degree or certificate must have approval
from an academic advisor prior to registration. All non-degree
seeking students planning to register for eight or more credits
are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor prior to each
registration. Students with an intended major or plan of study
may meet with an advisor to receive assistance in selecting
appropriate classes and planning an academic program.
Students who are uncertain about their major or plan of study
may meet with a career counselor to receive assistance in
developing educational and career goals.
Students are responsible for following their program and
meeting graduation and transfer requirements. Students
are encouraged to seek assistance from the advising staff
if they have questions. However, meeting graduation and
transfer requirements is ultimately the responsibility of
Students are requested to provide two types of emergency
notification contacts: 1) an emergency contact person and
phone number in case the student has a personal emergency,
and 2) telephone and/or email contact information which will
only be used in the event of a non-scheduled campus closing,
or if there is a serious situation on campus. Students will be
requested once a semester to provide or update this information.
REGISTRATION AND CLASS SCHEDULES
“Registration” refers to the process of enrolling in courses.
Students who are not currently registered may register up to
the start time of any course. All persons attending a course
must be registered for that course. The registration procedures
vary, depending upon whether a student is a new or continuing
student with a goal of degree/certificate completion or a goal of
taking courses. More specific information about registration is
published in the Schedule of Classes, available as follows:
Winter/Spring schedule available online in October and
on campus in early November.
Summer/Fall schedule available online in early March and
on campus in late March.
Students who are not currently registered for any given
semester may register up to the start time of any course.
ADDING COURSES AFTER INITIAL REGISTRATION
Students who have completed their initial registration by the start
time of their courses may add 15-week courses up to the start of
the second instructional session. For non 15-week courses, no
additional registrations are allowed after the start time of the first
CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION
The College reserves the right to cancel any registration for
which a student has not complied with appropriate procedures,
rules and regulations, and the financial requirements of the
REQUESTS FOR CREDIT OVERLOADS
Students may submit appeals for credit overloads to an advising staff member
through walk-in appointments with Advising, Career and Transfer Services.
Students may request to have up to 16 college-level credits of D or F
grades designated as XD or XF, respectively, on their academic transcript.
These grades must have been received in courses taken five or more years prior
to the date of the request for academic renewal. Additionally, the student
must complete a minimum of 12 college-level credits with a minimum of a 2.5
cumulative GPA since the last semester for which the academic renewal is being
requested. These credits can be earned t any college/university.
Request for academic renewal can be made only one time. Under no
circumstance will grades earned by a student at HCC be deleted from the
student's permanent record or be excluded from any transcripts sent by HCC;
however, the XD or XF grades will no longer be calculated in the student's
grade point average (GPA).
It is recommended that students meet with an academic advisor to determine which
courses are most appropriate for this request. If the student disagrees
with the determination of the Registration and Records Office, the student has
the right to appeal the decision by filing an appeal form with the Registration
and Records Office. The student will be notified of the decision.
Students should be aware that academic renewal granted by this institution may
not be recognized by other institutions to which they may transfer.
INVOLUNTARY WITHDRAWAL FROM THE COLLEGE
In cases where a student is unable or unwilling to request a voluntary
withdrawal from the College, and the student poses a direct threat of harm to
self or others or substantially impedes the continuance of normal College
functions, the College reserves the right to involuntarily withdraw such
All students receive an OwlNet account. This web portal
allows students to access their College email account; receive
College announcements and news; and conduct College
business, such as registering for classes, requesting transcripts,
and making payments. As a result, students are responsible
for accessing this account on a regular basis and protecting the
confidentiality of their access code.
The College uses on campus student email accounts, known as OwlMail, through
OwlNet to officially communicate with students. As a result,
students are responsible for accessing this email account on a
CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS
Students are responsible for maintaining a current mailing
address with the College. All address changes should be reported
in the College’s online system OwlNet or to the Registration
and Records Office. If a student owes a debt to the College
and does not maintain a current mailing address, that debt
may be sent to a collection agency without further notice to
the student. In this event, the student will owe an additional
The College does not require proof of immunizations for
admissions. However, students who are admitted into the
nursing or allied health programs may be required to provide
documentation of a recent physical examination and proof of
CREDIT FOR TRAINING RECEIVED THROUGH HARFORD COUNTY TRAINING
Academic credit may be awarded for the completion of training programs
recognized through an articulation agreement between the College and the
training institution. Programs in which the College has agreements are
the Aberdeen Proving Ground Police Academy, the Harford County Electrical
Contractors Association, the Harford County Sheriff's Office Correctional
Academy, the Harford County Sheriff's Office Training Academy, and the
Aberdeen Proving Ground Child and Youth Services. For more
information, contact the Registration and Records Office, 443-412-2222
CREDIT FOR TRAINING RECEIVED IN BUSINESS/INDUSTRY
Academic credit may be awarded for the completion of training programs which have been evaluated by the American Council on Education
(ACE). Students should contact the Registration and Records Office to
request an evaluation.