Financial Affairs Policies



Financial Affairs   |   Approved August 18, 2006

Responsible VP/AVP

Jay A. Perman, MD

Applies to Students

Policy Statement

I. Policy

Consistent with University System of Maryland (“USM”) VIII - 2.30 – “Policy on Waiver of Tuition and Granting of Other Privileges for Senior Citizens of the State of Maryland,” it is the Policy of the University of Maryland Baltimore (“UMB”) to waive tuition, where practicable, for undergraduate or post-baccalaureate courses, for persons who are: (a) residents of the State of Maryland, (b) sixty years of age or older, (c) retired, (d) whose chief income is derived from retirement benefits, and (e) who are not employed full-time.

II. Procedures for Requesting a Waiver of Tuition
  A. To request a tuition waiver under this Policy, an individual must complete an application for classification for in-state status and provide supporting documentation to demonstrate that the individual meets all of the Requirements stated in Part I.
  B. The UMB Registrar will determine if the individual meets the requirements. The determination of the Registrar is final. UMB will make its own determination and is not required to accept a determination made by any other constituent institution of USM.
  C. If the Registrar determines that the individual is eligible for waiver under. Part I of this Policy, the individual may then apply for an eligibility determination from a UMB school under Part III.
III. Mandatory UMB School Determination
  A. Before registering for a class under this Policy, an individual must apply for a tuition waiver in writing to the school offering the class and the individual must receive a determination from the Dean of the school, or the Dean’s designee, as follows:
    1. The student is admissible to the program as determined by the school’s admissions standards.
    2. Space is available in the course as regularly scheduled.
    3. The student satisfies the necessary pre-requisites and co-requisites for the course.
    4. Within the program, the course is identified as a distinct, existing, credit or noncredit instructional unit with existing curricula. (E.g., it is a lecture course).
  B. The determination of the Dean of the school or the Dean’s designee shall be final.


IV. Definitions
  A. “Chief income” means income sources that provide greater than 50% of all of an individual’s income.

“Not employed full-time” means engaged in work for wages or other compensation for less than 20 hours per week.

  C. “Retirement benefits” means income from social security, railroad retirement benefits, pensions, retirement annuities, and individual retirement accounts (IRA’s).


V. Limitations
  A. No person may be admitted to more than 3 courses at UMB per term under this Policy.

This Policy provides for waiver of the basic instructional charge for courses only and does not apply to self-supporting programs or fees, such as those for registration or application, or laboratory costs or fees.

  C. Independent study and dissertation and thesis research, clinical and experiential courses, including supervised practica, are excluded from this Policy.
  D. A school may not permit the full-time equivalent enrollment of persons for whom tuition has been waived under this Policy to exceed 2 percent of its full-time equivalent enrollment.
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