Life Long learning in Maryland

What do you want to learn today? Lifelong learning is waiting for you in Maryland.

Retirement -- and semi-retirement -- frees up your time for stimulating intellectual experiences and making new friendships with others as motivated as you! Marylanders 50+ are fortunate to have so many local opportunities to explore. It’s never too late to expand your mind and satisfy your sense of wonder!

Maryland law Education Title 16-106 Annotated Code of Maryland) provides for tuition waivers at all community colleges (subject to space availability) for any Maryland resident who is 60 years old or older and who enrolls in any class that is eligible for State support. In addition, it is the policy of the University of Maryland System to extend special privileges, where practicable, to senior citizens who are residents of the state of Maryland. The term senior citizen includes any individual who is 60 years of age or older, who is retired, and whose chief income is derived from retirement benefits, and who is not employed full time. Privileges to be extended to such individuals shall include, subject to certain conditions, waiver of tuition for undergraduate and graduate courses, use of the libraries, and such other privileges as individual institutions shall determine. Special programs for Marylanders who are 50+ are also available. Consult the list below of statewide opportunities

  Anne Arundel Community College    Anne Arundel Community College Logo and Link

Adults who are 55-59 pay $40 tuition per course plus an $80 administrative fee per three-month cycle. Adults who are 60+ and disabled retirees pay only the $80 cycle fee. All adults must pay for supplies and lab fees. Course cycles are January-March, April-June, July-September, and October-December.

Anne Arundel Community College adult classes are located on the main campus in Arnold, at the county’s senior centers, and other locations. While the fee structure for all senior courses is the same, registration for courses held on the Arnold campus is handled differently than those held at the various senior centers. Specific courses and registration procedures are available on the website.

For more information, E-mail: lifestages@aacc.edu.

  Baltimore City Community College   Baltimore City 
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BCCC’s Senior Program is called the Savvy Seniors Institute and is a 12-week program for adults who are 60+. Contact Karen Mobley, Program Coordinator, at 410-580-2757 for more information.

  Carroll Community College   Carroll Community College Logo and Link

Maryland residents who are 60+ may enroll without tuition charge for credit courses. Contact 410-386-8000 or 1-888-221-9748 for updated information about their courses and requirements.

  Cecil College   Cecil College Logo and Link

Cecil College offers the Senior Education Network for adults who are 60+.

For general interest classes, co-listed classes and/or online classes.

  • $70 per semester for Cecil County residents
  • $80 out of county Maryland residents.
  • $90 out of state residents

Credit Courses

  • Tuition is waived on approved classes; registration and course fees apply
  • Out of State residents pay Out of State Tuition and all applicable fees

On-Line Classes

  • Open to residents 60+

Tuition waived for Maryland residents; course fee applies. For general program information, call 410-392-3366. For specific program information, contact Tina Durborow by E-mail: tdurborow@cecil.edu

  Chesapeake College   Chesapeake College Logo and Link

Chesapeake College offers the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL), which is an affiliate of the Elderhostel Institute Network. The Institute offers lifelong learning for senior adults at a reduced cost. By paying membership dues, members are entitled to take as many IAL classes as they choose.

  • Full Membership is $60/ semester. Benefits include:
  • Enrollment in unlimited courses
  • Participation in Brown Bag Luncheons
  • Priority participation in IAL-sponsored tours
  • Chesapeake College privileges (including library, aquatics center, bookstore, etc.)
  • Reduced prices for IAL luncheons, tours and social activities
  • Associate Membership is $25. Benefits include:
  • Participation in Brown Bag Luncheons
  • Priority participation in IAL-sponsored tours
  • Chesapeake College privileges (including library, aquatics center, bookstore, etc.)
  • Reduced prices for IAL luncheons, tours and social activities

Contact Anne Slater with questions about classes or to register: 410-827-5810 or amslater@chesapeake.edu

  Community College of Baltimore County   The Community College of Baltimore County Logo and Link

Maryland residents 60 + or disabled retirees are eligible for tuition waivers for enrollment in CCBC courses. All applicable fees, including a $30.00 course fee, are the responsibility of the student.

  Frederick Community College   

Frederick Community College offers a variety of lifelong learning opportunities for both those ages 55+ and those interested in caring for the senior population. Our ILR (Institute for Learning in Retirement) offers more than 50 classes each semester for those who share traits of intellectual curiosity, a variety of life experiences and the desire to grow and learn. ILR classes are perfect for those looking for intellectual stimulation without the pressure of tests and grades.

  Harford Community College HCC    Harford Community College 
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HCC offers College week for adults 55+ for $99, which includes registration for the week and one class per time slot. Partial day and individual classes are also available for a reduced fee, in addition to noncredit courses. Non-credit courses that are senior-focused include computer, driving, history, and literature. For questions, call 443-412-2175.

  Howard Community College    Howard Community Colleg Logo and Link

  • Howard Community College and the Howard County Office on Aging offer courses designed for senior adult students of ages 60 and above.
  • The Board of Trustees of Howard Community College has approved a free tuition program for adults 60+ and persons with disabilities residing in Howard County and enrolling in credit and noncredit classes in which space is available. This program enables all people 60+ or with a disability as defined by the Social Security or Railroad Retirement Acts to pursue an associate of arts degree or a certificate of proficiency, participate in college activities, and enroll in noncredit courses. The waiver applies only to tuition, not to fees. All noncredit courses carry a $30 registration fee.
  • Howard Community College also offers the Senior Adult Summer Institute (SASI). Each day features sessions on arts and humanities topics such as art appreciation, history, music, or philosophy.
  • To learn more information, contact Roxanne Farrar at 443-518-4972 or e-mail: rfarrar@howardcc.edu

  Montgomery College   Montgomery College Logo and Link

Students who are 60+ are eligible for a “senior tuition waiver.” To qualify, one must be a Maryland resident, be at least 60 years old at the time of registration, and register online for classes during the final 3 days of registration and not before.

Students who are 60+ will still be responsible for paying the required fees. Waivers are given on a space-available basis.

  Notre Dame of Maryland University    Notre Dame of 
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  • Notre Dame of Maryland University offers the Renaissance Institute- an active group of men and women who have reached the age of 50 and are interested in pursuing lifelong learning and intellectual growth.
  • The Institute offers two 13-week semesters of non-credit courses designed and led by the members themselves. Annual membership costs $385 which covers fall and spring semesters.
  • For more information, contact Diane Finlayson,, Director, Renaissance Institute by e-mail at renaissance@ndm.edu or call 410-532-3162.

  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at JHU    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University Logo and Link

An annual membership allows adults who are 50+ to take up to 6 classes each semester for the Baltimore/Columbia location, or 4 classes each semester for the Montgomery County location. For more information on Baltimore/Columbia membership, contact 410-516-9719. For Montgomery County membership, contact 301-294-7048.

  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson U    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University Logo 
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The mission of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Towson University is to offer adults age 50+ opportunities for continued learning, along with programs and activities for social and cultural enrichment. The basic concept of the Institute is that learning is a lifelong process and is enhanced in a congenial atmosphere with like-minded individuals. For more information, contact 410-704-3535.

  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M      Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Maryland Logo and Link

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at College Park, MD is operated by the Center on Aging, University of Maryland. The Institute offers a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities to meet the needs and interests of its diverse membership of adults age 50 and over. Most courses are seminar style to provide knowledgeable instruction and to foster interaction, participation, lively discussion, and meaningful involvement. The Legacy Leadership Institute offers adults who are 50+ the ability to learn about the Maryland legislative process during a series of classroom sessions, followed by an internship with a delegate or Senator during the 90-day legislative term. For more information, contact 301-405-8280.

  The Peabody Institute of the JHU    The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University Logo 
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The Peabody Institute offers the Adult and Continuing Education Program (ACE) that is designed to provide enrichment to adults in the community who seek opportunities to feed the mind, body, and spirit. For more information, contact Larry Williams, Director by e-mail at larryw@peabody.jhu.edu

  Prince George’s Community College    Prince George’s Community College Logo and Link

Prince George’s Community College offers the Seasoned Adults Growing Educationally (SAGE) Program. Adults who are 60+ and residents of any county in Maryland are offered a special tuition-free selection of classes advertised in the SAGE Bulletin and may attend any continuing education – sponsored classes which have been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) without being charged tuition. A $50 registration fee is charged per trimester. The fee covers as many courses as the student chooses to take which start within that trimester. Seniors are responsible for paying all other fees, such as for labs, computers, supplies, etc., associated with courses for which they register.

The tuition-exempt status also applies to a Maryland resident who is retired from the workforce (not simply a recipient of Social Security by virtue of disability and/or eligibility through parental benefits) by reason of total and permanent disability.

To request a Bulletin with course listings, contact Arlene Robinson at 301-322-0882 or by e-mail: SAGE@pgcc.edu

  Wor-Wic Community College    Wor-Wic Community College Logo and Link

Wor-Wic Community College is a two-year college serving the residents of Worcester, Wicomico, and Somerset counties. For more information, contact 410-334-2815.

  • Wor-Wic’s continuing education and workforce development division offers career-oriented non-credit courses during three major terms each year, beginning in September, January and April. Courses are designed to help students prepare for a new career, upgrade existing skills, meet licensure, certification or continuing education requirements, improve technical skills and provide opportunities for self-improvement.
  • Maryland adults who are 60+ may take most community and continuing education courses at a reduced rate on a space-available basis, but must pay for any required fees and textbooks.
  • Maryland residents who are 60+ at the time of registration and who enroll in any continuing education class that has at least 10 regularly enrolled students or is being continued with less than 10, do not have to pay tuition for regular open enrollment courses.
  • Tuition, not including fees, is waived for Maryland residents who are disabled as defined by the Social Security or Railroad Retirement Act for any course that has at least 10 students or is being continued with less than 10 regularly enrolled students.
Interested in Gerontology or the Aging field of study?

For a list of aging-related degree programs in Maryland Click here. Or simply click on the school name in the list to the left to pull up its website.

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