Tuition and Fees

Please be advised that Harford Community College is in the process of implementing a new catalog software system, which will be effective in the summer of 2019. The information in the catalog you are now viewing applies to the 2019-20 academic year as of April 1, 2019 and is subject to change with the implementation of the new catalog software system.


Rates for Academic Year 2019-2020

Residents of Harford County $132.87 per credit hour
Residents of Maryland - Outside of Harford County $226.11 per credit hour
Non-residents of Maryland/Out-of-Country Residents $319.34 per credit hour
Consolidated Service * $26.57 per credit hour

Rates for academic year 2019-2020 are subject to change at any time per the action of the Harford Community College Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are non-refundable after the refund deadline. If you do not plan on attending classes, you must officially drop your classes within the stated refund period in order to avoid an outstanding financial obligation to the college. Non-attendance does not constitute a refund or removal of the debt. Please see the academic calendar for refund and withdrawal deadlines for the semester.

*This fee supports services such as parking, schedule changes, and student activities.

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. For complete details, please read the Residency and Tuition Policy under Enrollment Information & Policies in the 2019-2020 credit catalog.

Additional Fees

Credit by Examination Fee (Division Exams Only) 50 % of the in-county tuition based on course credit hours
Late Registration Fee $25
Transcript Fee $5
Returned Check Fee $35
Parking Citation $50 (Handicap Zone: $150)

Course fees vary. Fees are noted within course listing. If you have a scholarship, loan, or other form of financial assistance, you must contact the Financial Aid Office to ensure all of your documentation has been received and your registration is held.

Responsibility for Payment of Tuition and Fees

When submitting your registration, you assume responsibility for tuition, fees, and charges. Tuition and fees are non-refundable after the refund deadline. In order to avoid an outstanding financial obligation to the college, you must officially drop your class within the stated refund period. Non-attendance does not constitute a refund or removal of the debt. Check the academic calendar for refund dates for credit classes.

The Finance Office performs account collections for HCC. If the Finance Office collection efforts are unsuccessful, or if any mail correspondence is returned by the USPS as undeliverable, the account will be transferred to the Central Collection Unit of the State of Maryland (CCU). A collection fee equal to 17 percent of the outstanding debt will be charged to the transferred account. This debt may be reported to the credit bureaus. All college services, including registration, transcript and diploma requests, will be suspended until the outstanding debt with CCU has been satisfied in full.


If you register for an upcoming term more than one week before the due date for that term, an e-bill notification will be emailed to your OwlMail address explaining how to view and/or print your e-bill.  It is your responsibility to monitor your HCC OwlMail.  If payment is not received by the due date your registration will be canceled.

If you register for an upcoming term less than one week before the payment due date for that term, or if you register after the payment due date, you will not receive an e-bill.  In this event, you can view your account and amount due through OwlNet, All About Me, My Bill-Payment Plan, My Bill, My Account.  If you register subsequent to the due date, payment is due within ten days of the date you register or you registration will be canceled.

Non-attendance of classes does not constitute a refund or removal of the debt to the College.  Refund deadlines can be found in the academic calendar


Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)

Checks payable to HCC should be mailed to:
Harford Community College-Attn: Cashiers Office
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD  21015
Please include the student's name and ID# for all mail-in payments.

Early payment is encouraged.

NBS Tuition Plan

The College has contracted with NelNet Business Services, Inc. (NBS) to make available an installment plan for the fall, spring and summer semesters.  To establish a payment plan students need to complete an online NBS/FACTS application form.  An application fee and down-payment must be paid when the plan is set up.  The remaining balance will be payable in multiple installments of two or more payments based on date the plan is created.

Your NBS down-payment and subsequent payments will come directly out of your designated bank or credit card account.  The $35.00 application fee and down-payment will be immediately withdrawn at the time the plan is established.  Each NBS payment plan is only valid for one term.  A new NBS online application must be completed for future terms as desired.

Changes in your account balance with the college can affect your NBS payment. Adding/dropping classes and other charges that affect your balance due to the college may automatically be updated with NBS and increase or decrease the payment as appropriate. Please note that automatic updates to NBS are not guaranteed.

For students with pending financial aid:

If you are awarded authorized financial aid or secure a loan after establishing your NBS Payment Plan, the update/termination of your payment agreement will not automatically occur.  If you wish to terminate your payment plan, call NBS at 800-609-8056.  It is best to have your agreement number available when calling NBS.

Email Notifications:

The student will be notified of changes in their NBS payments by email. It is important that the student provide a valid email address and check their email for correspondence regarding their NBS agreement and upcoming payments.

After your payment plan is established, you can view your agreement online at

AID & Waivers

Dual Enrollment High School Waiver

Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) high school students can apply for their eligibility to receive a tuition discount under Maryland Senate Bill 740. Students must be approved by HCPS and can apply for eligibility through their high school counseling office. HCPS will send the student a Dual Enrollment Verification Form with an approval letter. Students can submit their Dual Enrollment Verification Form (for the academic year) to the HCC Cashiers Office.  HCC waives 25% of tuition for the first four courses taken in an academic year (excluding Summer term) and 10% for any additional courses after the first four courses. For details on the exact amount of the tuition discount, please contact the Cashiers office at 443-412-2208. For more details on eligibility requirements and how to apply, contact your high school counseling office.

Health Manpower Waiver

Students who are out-of-county residents may be eligible for the Health Manpower Waiver if enrolled in an eligible state designated program. This waiver was originally intended to reduce tuition to the in-county rate.  Students enrolling in the program will be required to pay the full amount of tuition (based on residency) by the payment deadline for the semester. However, at the end of the fiscal year (June 30 or later), eligible students may receive a partial reimbursement of the tuition paid. This reimbursement will depend on the level of funding received from the state for that fiscal year. The reimbursement would be no greater than the difference between the student's out-of-county and in-county tuition. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 443-412-2257 for more information.

Need-Based Aid

Federal and State financial aid programs, as well as scholarships, are available to financially eligible students. Information and applications are available at the Financial Aid Office in the Student Center.

Merit-Based Aid

State and private scholarships are available to academically eligible students. Information and applications are available at the Financial Aid Office in the Student Center.

Veterans' Benefits

Students who are eligible for monthly VA benefits may apply for those benefits at the Financial Aid Office in the Student Center or at the Military & Veteran Services Office located in Building 4305 at Aberdeen Proving Ground . Students must pay tuition and fees but are reimbursed through their VA educational benefits. Information about VA educational benefits is available at the Financial Aid Office, the Military & Veteran Services Office, and through the VA website at

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. Employment documentation must be submitted at the beginning of each term.

The required documentation consists of:

  1. A copy of two (2) recent paystubs (last 4-digits of social security number, name, address, date, and number of hours worked must be visible; rate of pay can be blacked out).

  2. On the employer's official letterhead, a statement of the student's full-time employment, dated and signed by an authorized representative of the company (original must be submitted), with contact information.


    If the employer's letterhead displays an address outside of Harford County, Maryland then the student will need to submit 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. Seniors should note that all fees must be paid regardless of the waiver of tuition. Students eligible for the senior waiver should contact the Cashiers Office at 443-412-2208 to request the waiver.

Disability Tuition Waiver

Students who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be eligible students for this waiver.  The tuition waiver is limited to 6 credits per semester if in an undeclared major and 12 credits per semester if in a declared program of study.  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 (instead of the Social Security System) for former federal employees receiving total and permanent disability.

Steps to Apply -Submitted paperwork is good for the academic year (fall-spring-summer)

  1. Complete an HCC Certification of Disability Form (Available online at and at Cashiers Office).
  2. Obtain a Statement of Benefits from the Social Security Administration- must indicate the type of social security benefit being paid to the student.
  3. Complete the FAFSA at by March 1st of each year.
  4. Present the completed HCC Certification of Disability Form and Statement of Social Security Disability Benefits to the Financial Aid Office for verification of eligibility and aid status.
  5. Once approved (stamped) by Financial Aid, deliver to the Cashiers Office.  Allow 2 to 3 business days for the waiver to apply.

Visit or contact Financial Aid or Cashiers Office for more information.

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 credit class waiver of 50 percent of "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.

MD National Guard Dependents

Dependent spouses and children of a member of the Maryland National Guard and Maryland Air Guard may request a credit class tuition and fee waiver when a Guard member is called to active duty for a minimum period of six (6) continuous months of service. Eligibility for the waiver for a given semester will be determined by the military status of the Guard member as of the date of the start of a regular fall or spring semester or the start of the first summer session. Eligible students must provide a copy of the spouse's/parent's military orders to active duty and a visualconfirmation of the dependent military identiication card must be made by a Harford Community College representative.

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.

Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Waiver

House Bill 482 provides an exemption of tuition and fees to unaccompanied homeless youth who are enrolled as a candidate for an associate's degree, bachelor's degree, or vocational certificate at a Maryland public institution of higher education.

Qualifications: Students must be declared an unaccompanied homeless youth who is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian and be defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act as a homeless child or youth. Contact the HCC Financial Aid Office at 443-412-2257 for details on eligibility criteria.

It has been, and will continue to be, the policy of Harford Community College that all students, employees, applicants, and other persons dealing with the College will do so in an atmosphere that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information or any other status protected by law. This policy includes, but is not limited to, decisions about recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, social or recreational programs, academic opportunities and enrollment.
  Harford Community College 2019-2020 Catalog