Financial Affairs Policies



Financial Affairs   |   Approved July 10, 2019

Responsible VP/AVP

Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS

Revision History

Approved August 18, 2006; revised July 10, 2019.


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, in accordance with the provisions of this Policy (“Qualified Senior Citizen”).

Policy Statement


I. Initial Eligibility Review for Request of a Waiver of Tuition

a. To request a tuition waiver under this Policy as a Qualified Senior Citizen, 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 individual must also complete the UMB Golden ID application and submit all required documentation.

c. The UMB Registrar will determine if the individual meets the initial 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.

d. If the Registrar determines that the individual is eligible for waiver under Part I of this Policy, the individual and school/program will be notified of the students’ eligibility as a Qualified Senior Citizen.

II. Mandatory UMB School Determination

a. Before a Qualified Senior Citizen may register for a class under this Policy, the UMB Registrar must receive authorization from the Dean of the school or the Dean’s designee, and confirmation that:

i. The Qualified Senior Citizen meets school’s admissions standards and has been admitted to the program;

ii. Space is available in the course as regularly scheduled;

iii. The Qualified Senior Citizen satisfies the necessary technical standards, pre-requisites and co-requisites for the course; and,

iv. Within the program, the course is identified as a distinct, existing, credit or noncredit instructional unit with existing curricula. (E.g., a lecture course).

b. The school or program will notify the UMB Registrar which course(s) are approved.

c. The determination of the Dean of the school or the Dean’s designee shall be final.

III. The UMB Registrar will code the Qualified Senior Citizen in the Student Information System as Golden ID and will notify the University Bursar to waiver the tuition charges.

IV. The UMB Registrar will complete a report each semester to submit to the USM Chancellor on the recipients and cost of the tuition waiver to UMB.



“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.

“Qualified Senior Citizen” means (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, in accordance with the provisions of this Policy.

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

Scope and Exceptions


  1. No Qualified Senior Citizen may be admitted to more than 3 courses at UMB per term under this Policy.
  2. 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.
  3. Independent study and dissertation and thesis research, clinical and experiential courses, including supervised practica, are excluded from this Policy.
  4. A school may not permit the full-time equivalent enrollment of Qualified Senior Citizens for whom tuition has been waived to exceed 2 percent of its undergraduate full-time equivalent enrollment, or an equivalent standard approved by the Provost, if a course is not open to undergraduate enrollment.
  5. Excluded from this policy are courses which comprise the curriculum of the:
    • School of Medicine MD program and MS Genetic Counseling
    • School of Dentistry DDS program, Dental Hygiene BS, and Dental Post Graduate programs
    • School of Nursing graduate (master’s or doctoral) degree programs (i.e., RN-to-MS/MSN, MS/MSN, DNP, or PhD)
    • School of Pharmacy Pharm D program
    • Graduate School programs MSHS Physician Assistant Program, MS in Forensic Medicine, the PhD Health Professions Education and the Global Health Systems & Innovation- Costa Rica Track MS & Certificate programs.
  6. Additional exclusions include courses which comprise the curriculum of a post baccalaureate certificate program or not part of degree pursuing program.
  7.  UMB reserves the right to exclude other programs from Golden ID eligibility subject to approval by the UMB Provost.


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