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10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD, 21044
Laurel College Center
312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
Laurel, MD 20707
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Maryland Innovation Center
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia MD 21046
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General Information

  • Accommodations for People With Disabilities

    All students with disabilities who require special accommodations must email the Division of Continuing Education at HCCInterpretingServices@howardcc.edu three weeks before their first class begins so that we may provide suitable assistance. All information is kept confidential.

  • Age Requirements

    Anyone 16 or older may register on a first-come, first-served basis. Students under 16 may take noncredit courses listed for their age group under “Kids On Campus.”

  • Continuing Education Records

    To request a record of the noncredit courses you have taken at Howard Community College, complete and submit a Continuing Education Record Request Form. Click on the hyperlink here to download the form: Continuing Education Record Request Form. Please follow the instructions stated on the form.

    In continuing education, the term "transcript" is not used; instead, the document is called a "record." The term transcript applies only to credit (degree) courses.

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Certifications & Licensure

    Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and certificates are available for many courses. CEUs are nationally recognized measures of lifelong learning credit (not degree credit) and are based on the number of contact hours taken for a course.

    Certificates of completion or certificates of attendance are available for many continuing education classes. The instructor for the course will explain the requirements for a certificate in that class. Learn more about CEUs, Certifications & Licensure

  • Duplicate Certificate Requests

    To request a duplicate noncredit certificate issued by Howard Community College for a course taken within the past 12 months, click on the hyperlink here to complete and submit the form: Duplicate Certificate Requests.

    Noncredit certificates issued by Howard Community College for courses taken more than 12 months ago cannot be issued. Complete and submit a Continuing Education Record Request Form, which will list your course(s) and grade(s). Click on the hyperlink here to download the form: Continuing Education Record Request Form. Please follow the instructions stated on the form.

  • Emergency Closings

    To find out if the college is closed, opening late, or closing early, check the college’s website or call 443-518-1000 for information. If the college opens late or closes early, your class may meet for part of the time depending on when your class is scheduled to begin. Click on the following link for more information; Emergency Information.

    To receive instant email or text message alerts, go to www.howardcc.edu/alert and subscribe to HCC’s Mobile Alert System.

    Off Campus Locations

    • If college is closed, classes held at the Maryland Innovation Center (Gateway Campus) are canceled.
    • When Howard County Public Schools are closed, classes held at those schools are canceled.
    • Laurel College Center follows the weather closings and delays of Prince George’s Community College.
    • If the college is closed, classes held at other off site locations are cancelled unless otherwise notified.
  • Financial Aid

    Financial Aid may be available for Howard County residents who meet certain income criteria and wish to enroll in career related noncredit courses. Click on the following link for more information; Noncredit Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • Gift Certificates

    Give the gift of learning! The certificates can be for any dollar amount you choose and can be used like a check to pay for course costs at registration. Gift certificates can be purchased at the Cashier’s Office (RCF-200A).

  • HCC Student Code of Conduct

    Students taking noncredit courses are part of the college community. At Howard Community College, members of the community are expected to uphold and abide by certain standards of conduct that form the basis of the Student Code of Conduct.  Click on the following links to view the Code of Conduct and Student Handbook.

  • Identification Cards
    A college identification card is not required for continuing education students. However, having an ID card entitles you to certain benefits. Students who pay $125 or more in noncredit tuition and fees for the current credit semester are eligible for a student ID card for that semester. Review requirements for getting an ID card
  • Mobile Alert

    The Howard Community College Mobile Alert System enables you to receive instant notification of important campus information to your phone, email or desktop RSS application.  More information can be found at https://www.howardcc.edu/services-support/public-safety/emergency-information/mobile-alerts/.

  • Other Passes

    A fitness center pass can be purchased by individuals who are not currently HCC students or staff. Six-month, monthly and daily passes are available for purchase at the cashier’s office (RCF 200A). After purchasing the pass, the receipt must be presented at the front desk in the fitness center lobby. The handicapped entrance, located on the side of the Athletic and Fitness Center requires a special access card (inquire at front desk in the fitness center lobby for more information). *While the Athletic Facility is being used by the Health Department, no passes are available.

    Regional Transportation Agency (RTA) monthly bus passes are available for purchase at the cashier's office, located in RCF 200A. The cost for a monthly bus pass is $10. Students must be enrolled in the current semester at Howard Community College in order to purchase a bus pass. The cashier will confirm enrollment; noncredit students do not need to present a college ID.

  • Outstanding Balance

    Students are responsible for following HCC financial policies regarding outstanding balances including returned checks, denied credit cards, and any other nonpayment of tuition. Students who do not pay all course charges may be sent to a collections agency and will be responsible for additional fees as well as the original charges. They will not receive certificates and are ineligible to continue at HCC. Fee charges can be found at www.howardcc.edu/payforcollege

  • Parking
    • HCC Main Campus: Parking is free and available in any of the lots with signs designating “Students” and in either of the parking garages. No sticker or special permit is necessary. Please observe the posted signs and do not park in the lots designated for faculty or staff or along any of the curbs painted red, as your vehicle may be ticketed or towed. Handicapped parking is conveniently located throughout campus.
    • High Schools & Senior Centers: You may park in any unrestricted lots. Parking is free.
    • Maryland Innovation Center (Gateway) Campus & Laurel College Center: Parking is free. Please observe the signs for appropriate spaces to use.
  • Refunds and Cancellations

    The college reserves the right to cancel courses or make changes due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. In these events, students will be notified. A 100% refund will be issued for any course the college cancels.

    Course withdrawal and request for a refund may be made online at www.howardcc.edu/coned/register. Refund amount, if any, will depend on the course and request date.

    Refund Policies:

    • Personal Enrichment, 60+: No refund of tuition or fees on or after the class start date.
    • Motorcycle License & Skills: No refund of tuition or fees 7 days before class start date.
    • Adult Basic Skills, English as a Second Language, Languages & Culture:
    • Non-Grant Classes: No refund of tuition 7 days after class start date and no refund of fees on or after start date.
    • Grant Classes: No refund of tuition or fees 7 days after class start date.
    • Kids on Campus: No refund of fees 14 days prior to start date; no refund of tuition on or after start date.
    • Business Skills, Childcare, Computers, Health Care, Information Technology, Trade Occupations: No refund of tuition or fees 7 days before class start date.
    • Ed2Go/YouGotClass: No refund of tuition or fees 5 days after class start date.
  • Textbooks (T) and Supplies (S):

    A “(T)” or an “(S)” in a course description indicates a required or suggested textbook (T) or supplies (S). Textbooks are available in the HCC Bookstore and should be purchased before class. Instructors will provide students with a list of supplies at the first class meeting. For refunds, textbooks must be returned within the first week of class. Textbooks for courses running less than one week are not returnable. A receipt is required for all refunds. Visit www.howardcc.bncollege.com.

  • Tuition

    Tuition must be paid in full at time of registration. Included in the total course cost is a $40 registration fee.

    • In-county tuition for noncredit students is based on verification of Howard County residency. Additional criteria may be necessary for students taking credit courses.
    • Out-of-county Maryland residents taking noncredit courses pay stated tuition plus $10 per course.
    • Out-of-state residents pay stated tuition plus $20 per course.
  • Tuition Waivers

    Tuition is waived for students 60 years of age or older legally residing in Maryland. The waiver applies only to tuition, not to fees. If you qualify for this waiver, you only pay any fees listed in the course description. Exception: Courses with “XE” designations are not eligible for tuition or fee waivers. (XE courses are not eligible for state funding to support instructional costs. Maryland residents 60 and over pay all course costs for such courses.)

    Tuition waivers for students with disabilities are available for some noncredit, continuing education workforce development, and life skills courses. View the list of eligible courses at www.howardcc.edu/ssi

  • Updating Your Personal Information

    Please notify the college if your personal information changes. Proof of residency may be required for address changes. Note: The information you provide during registration is used to identify you in the college’s records system but may not get updated on your student account.

    To officially change a name, address, phone number, or email address, you must Complete a Change of Information Form online, available at www.howardcc.edu/conedinfo

  • Vaccine Incentive

    Howard Community College highly encourages students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As an incentive to get the vaccine, the college is offering eligible students a one-time $50 credit for use in the on-campus bookstore. Go to https://www.howardcc.edu/about-us/vaccination-incentive/index.html for more information.

  • Campus Crime Reports and Registered Sex Offender Information:

    In compliance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of July 2010, Howard Community College (HCC) is required to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime, public safety policies and procedures, campus law enforcement policies, emergency response procedures, and registered sex offenders. HCC must publish an annual report by October 1 that contains three years of campus crime statistics and certain public safety policy statements. Howard Community College makes this report available to all students and employees on the college website at https://www.howardcc.edu/services-support/public-safety/reports-forms/

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