Learn how to pay for each type of course as a senior adult.
It’s never too late in life to start that new career. In fact, you may be surprised by the number of seniors who pursue a degree or certificate at AACC.
Even though it may have been awhile since you attended high school, you’ll need to follow the same steps as a high school senior, starting with the completion of the college application. You only need to apply once, then register for credit courses the same as other credit students.
Good news! AACC credit courses are tuition-free for seniors age 60 and older who register by the first day of the credit term. Seniors pay only a $25 per term registration fee, plus all applicable student and course fees.
If you’re taking a credit course for personal enrichment and you’re not concerned about applying it toward a degree or earning a grade, auditing may be your best option. Auditing allows you to participate in the class, but not earn a grade or receive credit. Students who audit a class are under no obligation for regular attendance, preparation, recitation or examination. No financial aid or VA benefits can be awarded for an audited course.
AACC offers a variety of professional certification and job training courses that are noncredit, meaning they do not lead toward a two-year degree or credit certificate. Such training may include truck driving, casino dealer school, real estate licensure, nurse refresher certification or family child care provider.
Seniors register for noncredit courses in the same way as all other students; however, many of these courses qualify as tuition free for Maryland resident seniors age 60 and older.
Noncredit classes which do not have a dagger (+) next to the price and are not senior-only classes, qualify as tuition free for Maryland residents age 60 or older. For these tuition-waived courses, seniors pay $7 registratation fee per course, plus any fees indicated in the course description and the out-of-county fee if applicable. Seniors residing out of the state must pay the full course cost (including tuition, registration and course lab fees) plus the out-of-county and out-of-state fees. For courses with a dagger, students pay full price.
Seniors are welcome and encouraged to join all students 16 years and older in registering for noncredit courses for personal enrichment. Personal Enrichment courses include arts and crafts, beer and wine, cooking, music, photography, pet ownership, and many more. These classes are available at all AACC campuses. AACC’s Peer Learning Partnership, Encore Chorale, Guild for L.I.F.E. (Learning is for Everyone) and LifeStages courses, though popular among seniors, are in fact open enrollment noncredit courses; therefore, seniors follow the same noncredit registration process.
You may register for noncredit courses online or in person in the same way as other students.
Senior adults pay full price for noncredit personal enrichment courses that have a dagger (+) next to the price. Any noncredit courses that are not senior-only classes and do not have a dagger are in fact tuition free for Maryland residents age 60 or older by the first day of class. For these courses, seniors pay a $7 per course, course fee, any fees indicated in the course description and the out-of-county fee if applicable.
Only seniors age 55 and older may enroll in senior adult courses held at AACC or at one of the Anne Arundel County senior centers. While the fee structure for senior courses which meet at senior centers and at the Arnold campus are the same, the registration process for these courses is slightly different.
Seniors and disabled retirees can register for senior adult courses meeting at the Arnold campus online, by mail or in person. These classes are listed in the senior course section of the Schedule of Noncredit Classes and follow the same registration dates as all other noncredit open enrollment classes.
Seniors and disabled retirees must register in person for senior adult courses meeting at senior centers by going to the Anne Arundel County Senior Activity Center where the course is held or by visiting the AACC Continuing Education registration counter in CALT 115 on the Arnold campus. The best way to find your senior adult course is to visit the course search and select a term, then senior citizen courses. Senior centers also may advertise those courses listed at their centers; for those listings, contact the senior center.
Seniors age 60 or older may take an unlimited number of senior adult courses for a $80 per three-month cycle plus supply fees if listed and out-of-county and out-of-state fees if applicable. Students age 55-59 pay $40 tuition per course in addition to the $80 three-month cycle fee. For questions concerning the pricing for these courses, call AACC’s Continuing Education registration office 410-777-2325.