Tuition Information for Undocumented Students

For Eligible Maryland High School Graduates

As an open-admission institution, FCC grants admission to all students regardless of immigration status. Maryland legislation provides the opportunity for some non-U.S. citizens who attended high school in Maryland to receive in-state tuition rates. In order to qualify for the exemption from nonresident tuition rates, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Attended a public or nonpublic high school in Maryland for at least three academic years not earlier than the 2005-2006 school year;
  • Graduated from a public or nonpublic high school in Maryland or received the equivalent of a high school diploma from the State not earlier than the 2007-2008 school year;
  • Enrolls at Frederick Community College within four years after graduating from a public or nonpublic secondary school in the State or receives the equivalent of a high school diploma in the State, but not earlier than the Fall 2011 term;
  • Provides documentation that the individual, or the individual's parent or legal guardian, has filed a Maryland income tax return:
    • annually for the three years that coincide with the individual's attendance at a public or non-public secondary school in the State (home schooled students are subject to this requirement in the same manner);
    • annually each year between secondary school attendance and enrolling at the college, and
    • annually while attending a community college;
  • Provides an affidavit stating that the individual will file an application to become a permanent resident within 30 days after the individual becomes eligible to do so;
  • Provides proof that the individual has registered with the selective service system. (This currently applies to all males 18 - 25. Proof of selective service registration can be obtained by filing with the Post Office and returning a receipt to the college that shows proof of registration or by providing a selective service card).

  • Once you are determined to be eligible for the exemption, you will continue to receive it as long as you fulfill the eligibility requirements or until the college no longer offers this exemption. 
  • The exemption permits undocumented individuals to pay the in-county or out-of-county rate based on the location of your high school.
  • If you have received a GED, the tuition rate is based on where you most recently attended high school.
  • Students who meet the outlined requirements should complete the Tuition Application and Affidavit for Undocumented Students.
  • Supporting documentation is required.
  • The application and documentation will be reviewed within 14 days.
  • Applying for the exemption does not alter your responsibility to pay by the college deadline any nonresident tuition and fees that are due before your eligibility is determined.

For more information:
Please call 301.624.2716 to speak with a member of the international advising staff:

Marie Staley, Assistant Director of Admissions
Laura Mears, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services



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