Tuition & Fees

Fall 2015 - Summer 2016


  • Washington County Residents: $117 per credit hour
  • Out-of-County Residents: $183 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State Residents: $241 per credit hour


  • Course fees listed with course
  • Registration fee per semester: $30 (nonrefundable)
  • General college fee per credit hour: $12

HCC provides a cost-effective way to continue your education whether you are pursuing a Letter of Recognition, Certificate, or Associate Degree. The money saved while living locally may assist you in financing additional coursework if you decide to transfer. Financial aid and scholarships also are available, making HCC the most affordable college option. A yearly cost comparison for the 2015-2016 academic year is below:

  Total Tuition & Fees Room & Board Total
Four-year private (not for profit) $28,746 $10,556 $39,302
Four-year private (for profit) $13,689 $9,394 $23,083
Four-year public $8,070 $9,404 $17,474
Two-year private (for profit) $14,193   $14,193
Hagerstown Community College      
In county $3,930   $3,930
In state $5,910   $5,910
Out of state $7,650   $7,650

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

The real cost of education is the "out-of-pocket" cost after financial aid is taken into consideration. Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Financial aid may cover more than just the tuition and fees. Money not used to pay for tuition, fees, and other HCC charges can be used to pay room, board, and transportation. Refund checks used to pay living expenses are mailed to students or can be directly deposited to the students' checking accounts. Financial aid resources are intended to supplement, not replace, the financial resources of the student.

Residency (In-County Rates)

To be eligible for in-county or in-state tuition, you must sign a statement on the application certifying that you have lived at your current address for at least three consecutive months. For those students residing in-county less than one year, two proofs of residency must be presented along with a residency petition form before the first day of classes. Documentation must show home address (no post office box) with effective date three months prior to the first day of classes. The college reserves the right to require you to furnish additional information and documents.

For proof of residency, please submit two of the following documents:

  • Deed, settlement papers, or a one-year lease agreement
  • Income tax returns
  • Utility bills
  • Maryland driver’s license
  • Maryland motor vehicle registration
  • Maryland voter registration
  • Military personnel only: military orders with an assignment to a base in Maryland and presentation of Military ID

Contact the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration for more information or download the Residency Form.

Rate Agreements

  • Out-of-state students who work in Washington County may be eligible for in-county rates if their employer has a signed tuition rate agreement with HCC. Students are advised to check with their human resources director.
  • If the employer has a rate agreement with HCC, students are required to provide proof of employment at the time of registration, or no later than the day before classes begin, to the Office of Admissions and Registration. The proof of employment must be on company letterhead and dated no more than one week from the time it is submitted to HCC. Students must provide proof of employment each semester to retain the in-county rates.

Employer Paid Tuition

  • If your employer or agency is paying your tuition directly to HCC, you must present a purchase order, tuition assistance voucher, or letter of intent at the time you register for classes. If you register via the Web, fax the required documents to 301-393-3683, or bring them to the Finance Office by the balance due date, or within 24 hours of registration. Certain restrictions apply.
  • In the event the employer or tuition assistance agency refuses to pay after receipt of the bill, the student becomes responsible for all charges on the account.