Tuition Waivers

Tuition Waiver for Employees of In-County Businesses

Students that have established permanent full-time employment with a Harford County business may apply to have their out-of-county or out-of-state tuition waived (difference only between in-county and out-of-county/state tuition) for credit classes. Employment cannot be seasonal in nature. The student pays the full consolidated fee and any course fees. A student's tuition will be adjusted to the in-county rate once the student submits the required documentation, and gets the approval of the college Finance office.
The required documentation consists of:

  1. A copy of two (2) recent paystubs (rate of pay can be blacked out; last 4-digits of social security number, name, address, date, and number of hours worked must be visible).
  2. On the employer's official letterhead, a statement of the student's full-time employment, signed by an authorized representative of the company (original must be submitted),


  1. If the employer's letterhead displays an address outside of Harford County, Maryland then the student will need to resubmit an *Employer In-County Waiver Form with the appropriate information completed and signed by the employer.

*The Employer In-County Waiver Form can be picked up at the cashier's office.

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

Any resident of the State of Maryland who is 60 years or older by the start date of a State-supported course shall be exempt from the payment of credit tuition provided course space is available. Students who qualify for the senior tuition waiver must notify the Finance Office of their age eligibility.  Seniors can call (443) 412-2208.  Seniors should note that all fees must be paid regardless of the waiver of tuition. (See Code of Maryland Regulations, Title 16. 16. 106)

Disability Tuition Waiver

The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation effective winter term 2012 regarding Tuition Waivers for Disabled Individuals attending community colleges.  This law alters the requirements for eligibility of the Disability Tuition Waiver to include those individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  The tuition waiver is limited to 6 credits per semester.  However, if the individual is enrolled in classes as part of a degree or certificate program designed to lead to employment the limit is12 credit hours per semester.

Please Read - In accordance with changes in the law, Harford Community College is implementing new procedures for the Disability Tuition Waiver effective winter term 2012.

Eligibility - To receive the Disability Tuition Waiver, you must be a Maryland resident and be receiving disability benefits from one of the following retirement systems:

  1. Social Security Administration: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  2. Railroad Retirement Board, or
  3. A Federal Retirement/Pension System for former federal employees receiving total and permanent disability.

MD National Guard Tuition Waiver

Members of the Maryland National Guard are designated as "in state" and "in county" for residency purposes and are entitled to a waiver of 50 percent of credit "in county" tuition. Additionally, all fees for classes taken at Maryland National Guard sites are waived. Student and class fees will be charged for classes taken at non-Maryland National Guard locations. Eligible students must provide a letter from the Maryland Adjutant General certifying that the member of the Maryland National Guard has at least 24 months remaining to serve or has agreed, in writing, to serve for a minimum of 24 months. Forms must be submitted to the Military and Veterans Services Office.

MD Air National Guard

Members of the Army Air Guard can receive half off of their tuition cost by:

  • Requesting a tuition waiver from (410) 918-6478/ 6479
  • Taking the signed letter along with military ID to the cashier at HCC. Waiver letters must be submitted every semester
  • Paying the balance of tuition and fees due.
    Reimbursement for this expense can be applied for by contacting the State Tuition Assistance Reimbursement (STAR) program located on the Maryland National Guard site after completing course with a passing grade.

Harford Waiver for Dependents of Guard Members Called to Active Duty

Eligibility is limited to dependents of a member of the Maryland National Guard or Maryland Air Guard when a Guard member is called to active duty for a minimum period of six continuous months of service.

To receive the waiver, the student must submit a copy of the Guard member’s orders to active duty and show their military identification to the cashiers. The student must provide waiver documentation for each semester the waiver is being requested.

Active duty status is determined by the date the Guard member is ordered to report for active duty – not the date the order was prepared.  If the report date is on or before the start of the fall or spring semester or the first summer session, and the activation is for a minimum of six months of continuous service, the waiver will be granted for that semester or the entire summer session.  If the activation occurs within the period of the fall or spring semester or the entire summer session, the waiver will be granted for the following semester or the summer session, provided the Guard member is still on active duty and the student provides required documentation.

To receive the waiver, the student must submit a copy of the Guard member's orders to active duty and show their military identification to the cashiers or the Military & Veteran Services Office. The student must provide waiver documentation for each semester the waiver is being requested.

Maryland Foster Care Recipient

Students who have resided in a foster-care home in Maryland are eligible for a waiver of tuition and fees not covered by other financial aid. The student must complete the FAFSA by March 1 of each year and be enrolled in a degree program. Call the Financial Aid Office at 443-412-2257 for information.

Health Work Force Shortage

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 theres 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.