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HCC Main Campus
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD, 21044
Laurel College Center
312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
Laurel, MD 20707
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6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia MD, 21046
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Noncredit Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships and financial aid may be available for Howard County residents who meet certain criteria and wish to enroll in career related noncredit courses.

Applying for noncredit financial aid is an annual process. A new application must be completed each fiscal year (July 1—June 30).

While the college is operating remotely, financial aid applications for noncredit and Kids on Campus classes must be submitted by email to

Noncredit Financial Aid Application 

Please read and fully complete the application form and submit it with all required documentation at least three weeks before the class start date. 

Download Application (PDF)

Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund

If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for a financial award through this new financial assistance program. This funding will cover the cost of tuition and fees for selected programs and courses. Based on your level of need, you may also apply for additional funding to cover costs for textbooks, child care, and transportation. This grant will be available through Sept. 30, 2021, so the class you take must start before that date.

The following courses are currently eligible:

Early Childhood Education & Child Care

Health Care

Information Technology (IT)

Other Professions

To apply for financial assistance through the GEER fund, please complete the GEER Application, and email it to:


Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship

Take the next step in your career with a financial award by applying to our new Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship. The scholarship, available through the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), is designed to provide a maximum award of $2,000 in financial assistance for approved noncredit certificate program courses that lead to employment, licensure, or job skill enhancement.

The following courses are currently eligible:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Theory & Clinical
  • Early Childhood & Child Care Preschool 90 Hours: Child Growth & Development and Preschool Curriculum - You must enroll in both courses.
  • Health Care Interpreter Sequence - You must enroll in both courses.
  • Introduction to Dental Assisting & Dental Assisting Externship
  • Medical Coding Certification: Advanced Facility Medical Coding, Advanced Facility/Outpatient Medical Coding, Advanced Physician Medical Coding & Introduction to ICD-10-CM Medical Coding, CPT & HCPCS Medical Coding - You must enroll in all courses.
  • Medical Insurance Billing Sequence: Anatomy & Pathophysiology for Medical Insurance Billers/Coders, Medical Insurance Billing A-Z Plus and Medical Terminology - You must enroll in all courses.
  • MRI Technologist Certificate Sequence 
  • Ophthalmic Technician Assistant Training & Clinical 
  • Pharmacy Technician Training Theory & Externship 
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) & Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Certification Exam Prep & Microsoft Project courses - You must enroll in both courses.

These scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and are contingent upon availability of funds.

Full criteria for the scholarship is listed in the application form. Please read and fully complete the application form and submit it with all required documentation at least three weeks before the class start date. 

Download Application (PDF)

Kids on Campus Financial Aid/Scholarship Application

Limited funds available.

Download Application (PDF)

Possible Financial Assistance

The following alternate sources for funding may be available, please see below.

  • If you are unemployed: Contact Howard County Office of Workforce Development at 410-290-2620.
  • If you are single and head of your household: Contact Career Links at Howard Community College at 443-518-1340.
  • If you are currently employed by a nursing home and wish to take the CNA course: Contact your employer’s human resources director. If you want to set up a payment plan, find out whether your employer can reimburse you for your tuition.
  • If you want to set up a payment plan: Contact the Cashier’s Office at Howard Community College at 443-518-1862. To qualify for a payment plan, your tuition and fees must total $500 or more in the same term.
  • If you are the spouse of an active duty army, navy, air force, or marine service member, or activated reserve member in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, or 01-02: You may be eligible for tuition assistance through McCAA. Eligibility is determined by McCAA, not Howard Community College. 

For more information about noncredit financial aid, please email



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