Feb 27, 2024  
Catalog 2023-2024 
    
Catalog 2023-2024

Admissions



Admissions Philosophy

CCBC offers the community accessible educational opportunities that are designed to help students:

  • Prepare to enter the workforce
  • Transfer to four-year educational institutions
  • Improve professional or occupational skills
  • Enrich themselves culturally and academically

Admissions, General Procedure

An applicant to CCBC seeking enrollment as a full- or part-time student in credit or audited courses must complete and submit a CCBC Application for Admission.

Official high school transcripts, GED scores, or other college or university transcripts may be needed and should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. Submitted transcripts are used for purposes such as academic placement, advising, and awarding of financial aid and do not affect general admission to CCBC.

Community College of Baltimore County
Registrar’s Office
Student Services Center
7201 Rossville Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21237 

SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission to CCBC.  However, placement testing may be required for new first-time students. Scores may be used for course placement if the test was taken within two years from the date of application to CCBC. Applicants may be exempt from placement testing with the following standardized test scores:

SAT -   480 or higher in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score; 530 or higher in the Math Score
ACT -   21 or higher in Math, Reading, or English

Admission to General Credit Programs

Enrollment Credentials

  • Upon submitting the CCBC application, students should provide proof of high school completion. An official high school transcript or GED certificate can be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. Official transcripts for high school or secondary education completed outside of the United States must be evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-approved organization for translation and interpretation. The College recommends that students use World Education Services or Education Credential Evaluators. CCBC does not evaluate international transcripts and requires all international coursework to be evaluated before submission to CCBC’s Registrar’s Office.
  • Academic credentials (high school or college transcript), college entrance exam scores (ACT or SAT), or the CCBC placement test may be used to determine readiness for enrollment in courses and programs.
    • If a high school transcript is used for placement, it must indicate an unweighted final GPA. If a weighted GPA is provided, the student must contact the high school to obtain the unweighted conversion. Email highschooltranscript@ccbcmd.edu with any questions or for assistance.

Admission for Gifted and Talented Students

A student enrolled in the 8th grade may be considered for admission to CCBC if the following criteria is met and documented:

  • Enrolled in a recognized Gifted and Talented program or
  • Documented academic ability or documented ability in the creative, performing or visual arts. 

Step 1: Schedule an interview

A student is required to have an interview with an Admissions Counselor. A parent or guardian must be present for the interview. Call the Admissions Office to schedule an interview before the start of classes.

Step 2: Gather required documents

A student is required to bring the following documents to the interview:

Step 3: Complete course placement

After your interview, schedule an appointment at one of the following Testing Centers to take the Accuplacer Next-Generation Reading assessment.

Admission to Selective Health Professions Programs

All of the programs in the School of Health Professions have competitive, selective admissions.  An applicant must meet specific admission criteria for each program.  Please refer to the individual program catalog pages or visit the School of Health Professions for the program admission packets and the links to the applications. Applicants must first be admitted to CCBC and then apply online for admission to these programs.  Admission to CCBC does not guarantee acceptance into School of Health Professions programs. For more information, refer to the identified program:

  • Anesthesia Technology
  • Allied Health
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Histotechnology
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Mortuary Science
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physician Assistant (For this program only, apply to CASPA at https://paeaonline.org/caspa/.)
  • Practical Nursing
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Radiography (X-Ray Technology)
    • CT Certificate
    • MRI Certificate
  • Respiratory Care Therapy
  • Veterinary Technology

Credit from Other Sources

Admission with Articulated Credit 

CCBC has associations with secondary schools and other organizations offering instruction. The college matches the instructional program of these institutions with its own curricula and, when appropriate, enters into a formal articulation agreement. 

Military Training and Education

Many military training and educational programs have been evaluated and recommended for college-level credit by the American Council on Education, the National College Credit Recommendation Service and CCBC faculty. These recommendations may be acceptable for credit, when the courses are applicable to the student’s program of study.

Credit by Military Experience

Prior Learning Assessment 

Earn credit for what you know

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) provides college students with the potential to earn credit for college level learning acquired outside a traditional academic environment. In other words, it is an evaluation of a person’s life learning for college credit.

CCBC values the diversity of its students and understands that they come to the college with an assortment of unique experiences, interests, and intellectual pursuits that may translate into college-level learning. Learning could have been acquired through:

  • Work experience
  • Participating in an employer’s training programs
  • Serving in the military
  • Performing volunteer or community service
  • Independently studying areas of self-interest
  • Studying open source courseware

A student must earn at least 25% of the credits required for a certificate or degree, directly through CCBC coursework. He or she may earn up to 75% of the credits required for a certificate or degree, through a combination of transfer and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

Prior Learning Assessments are conducted through a variety of evaluation processes, including:

  • Credit by Portfolio Assessment
    • A qualified student may choose to develop a portfolio of his or her college-level learning. Portfolios are presented to appropriate faculty for evaluation and possible award of credit. **Fees apply.
  • Credit by Exam
    • Scores from Departmental Challenge Exams, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement Testing Program (AP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Cambridge Assessments, and International Baccalaureate (IB) are reviewed for possible award of credit. **Fees may apply and vary by exam type.
  • Non-traditional Training
    • Many training programs offered through businesses, industries and government agencies have been evaluated and recommended for college-level credit by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) and may be acceptable for credit.
  • Apprenticeship Training
    • A student may qualify for up to 30 college credits for the satisfactory completion of an apprenticeship training program registered with and recognized by the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council.

Early College Access Programs for High School Students

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Tuition Free Program

The BCPS Tuition Free Program is an Early College Access program offered by the Community College of Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Schools for eligible BCPS freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students can take CCBC courses and will not be responsible for tuition, fees, or books. Students will be responsible for supplies.

All students are encouraged to talk with their BCPS guidance counselor and a CCBC advisor concerning enrollment in courses to earn credits that would apply to an associate degree, credit certificate, or transfer to another college.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Enrollment in a Baltimore County Public High School
How to apply
  • Complete and submit the CCBC Application for Admission.
  • Students born outside of the United States must provide either evidence of immigration status or a photo ID (current high school ID is acceptable) to the International Student Services Office at the time of application.
  • Submit the Early College Access Consent Form to the ECAP Office.
  • Submit an official or unofficial high school transcript to the ECAP Office.
  • Contact the ECAP Office to discuss assessment and placement testing.
  • Register for classes.

Parallel Enrollment Program

The Parallel Enrollment Program (PEP) is an Early College Access program for all home schooled, public, and private high school students attending CCBC. Maryland residents pay 50% of the residency tuition rate plus fees, and the cost of books and supplies. Tuition and fees are subject to change. Students may enroll in classes beginning the summer session before the freshman year. 

All students are encouraged to talk with a CCBC advisor concerning enrollment in classes to earn credits toward an associate degree, credit certificate or for transfer to another college.

How to apply
  • Complete and submit the CCBC Application for Admission.
  • Students born outside of the United States must provide either evidence of immigration status or a photo ID (current high school ID is acceptable) to the International Student Services Office at the time of application.
  • Submit the Early College Access Consent Form to the ECAP Office.
  • Submit an official or unofficial high school transcript to the ECAP Office.
  • Contact the ECAP Office to discuss assessment and placement testing.
  • Register for classes.

The tuition discount rate expires at the end of the spring semester of the graduation year provided by the student on the admissions application.

BCPS Dual Credit Program

The BCPS Dual Credit Program offers college courses that provides both high school and college credit for BCPS students attending CCBC.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Enrollment in a BCPS high school
  • Enrollment in an approved BCPS/CCBC dual credit course
How to Apply
  • Complete and submit the CCBC Application for Admission.
  • Students born outside of the United States must provide either evidence of immigration status or a photo ID to the International Student Services Office at the time of application.
  • Submit the Early College Access Consent Form to the ECAP Office.
  • Submit an official high school transcript to the ECAP Office.
  • Meet with an ECAP Coordinator to discuss assessment and placement testing.
  • Register for classes.

Career and Technology Education (CTE) Pathways

Career Pathways is a program of study which begins in high school, continues at CCBC, and culminates in an associate degree, further post-secondary study, or employment. Career Pathways helps prepare students for post-secondary education, as well as entry into technical and career fields by combining classroom and workplace experiences.

High school students can earn up to 22 free college credits upon successful completion of the program. Students that complete three to four high school credits in their Career Completer program with a grade point average of B or better are eligible to receive articulated college credits upon enrollment to CCBC.

Diploma to Career Program

Diploma to Career (D2C) is designed for high school students who want to graduate with a high school diploma and a workforce certificate or certification from CCBC. D2C focuses on 21st century work skills that students can use right away and earn college credits that will transfer to other colleges. Students can earn one or more of 30 credit and non-credit certificates ranging from Cybersecurity to Medical Coding at CCBC while attending high school.

Home Schooled and Private School Students

Home schooled students and students attending private high schools can take advantage of earning college credits at CCBC.

Maryland residents pay 50% of the residency tuition rate plus fees, and the cost of books and supplies. Tuition and fees are subject to change. Students may enroll in courses beginning the summer session before the freshman year.

All students are encouraged to talk with a CCBC academic advisor concerning enrollment in courses to earn credits toward an associate degree or credit certificate, or for transfer to another college.

How to apply

  • Complete and submit the CCBC Application for Admission.
  • Students born outside of the United States must provide either evidence of immigration status or a photo ID (current high school ID is acceptable) to the International Student Services Office at the time of application.
  • Submit the Early College Access Consent Form to the ECAP Office.
  • Submit an official or unofficial high school transcript to the ECAP Office.
  • Contact the ECAP Office to discuss assessment and placement testing.
  • Register for classes.

The tuition discount rate expires at the end of the spring semester of the graduation year provided by the student on the admissions application.

International and Immigrant Student Services

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) grants admission to all students regardless of immigration status, welcoming international, immigrant, undocumented and non-U.S. students. Students born outside of the United States must provide either evidence of immigration status or a photo ID to the International Student Services Office at the time of application.

A combination of Presidential Executive Orders, and Federal and Maryland legislation, provide opportunities for some eligible non-U.S. citizens to pay in-state tuition rates at CCBC. Undocumented students are encouraged to visit the catalog sections for the Maryland Dream Act and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals for more information.

Placement testing may be required for first-time international and immigrant CCBC applicants. Although SAT or ACT scores are not required by CCBC for admission, these scores may be used for course placement if the test was taken within five years from the date of application to CCBC. Applicants may be exempt from placement testing with the following scores:

SAT -   480 or higher in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score; 530 or higher in the Math Score

ACT -   21 or higher in Math, Reading, or English

The Multiple Measures of Assessment may also exempt students from placement testing. See an International Student Services counselor for details and further determination of placement test exemptions.

International and immigrant students with prior college-level coursework completed in their home countries need to submit transcripts to a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-approved organization for translation and interpretation. The College recommends that students use World Education Services or Education Credential Evaluators. CCBC does not evaluate international transcripts and requires all international coursework to be evaluated before submission to CCBC’s Registrar’s Office. 

Many CCBC students seek out the International Student Services office to enjoy cross-cultural and intercultural programs and activities that foster interaction and appreciation for different cultures. All students are encouraged to participate in the educational and social activities sponsored by the International Student Services office and offered by the International Club (IC) at CCBC Catonsville and the English Language Conversation Club at CCBC Essex. 

Admission of International Students Applying for an F-1 Visa

An international student applicant seeking to obtain an F-1 Visa from the U.S. Government must complete and submit the following documents to the International Student Services office to obtain an I-20 Form (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant F-1 Student Status):

   A student from an English speaking country is not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS.

  • Declaration of Financial Support form
  • Original financial statements to verify sufficient funds. These statements must:

a. Be written in English on bank letterhead

b. Display the sponsor’s name as the owner of the account

c. Be from a personal checking, savings or money market account (business bank accounts - except where the financial sponsor is listed as the sole signer, and stocks, land deeds, retirement accounts and other non-liquid assets are not acceptable)

d. Be less than 6 months old

e. Show a minimum of $26,411 in U.S. dollars

  • Personal Data sheet
  • A copy of the student’s passport

Please note: F-1 International Students must submit all seven (7) of the required documents at the time of application. Partial applications will not be accepted or reviewed for admission.

Further, students should keep copies of all documents which are submitted to CCBC. The college will not return or reissue transcripts, financial or immigration documents to another institution or to the student.

Application Deadline Dates for New F-1 Students

  Fall Semester June 1
  Spring Semester November 1

Please note: F-1 International Students must submit all seven (7) of the required documents at the time of application. Partial applications will not be accepted or reviewed for admission.

After all documents are received, an International Student Services counselor will determine admission and eligibility for the I-20. Applicants who meet all requirements for admission will receive an acceptance letter and the I-20 form.

Admission of International Transfer Students with F-1 Visas

An F-1 student who plans to transfer from another U.S. institution to CCBC must submit the following documents to the International Student Services office before the deadline dates below:

  • CCBC Application for Admission
  • Certified copy of high school transcripts in English that verifies completion of secondary school. These high school transcripts need to be evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-approved organization for translation and interpretation. The College recommends World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators to determine if the completed program is equivalent to a United States High School diploma.
  • Copies of all I-20’s, passport ID, the I-94, and the visa pages in the passport
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended U.S. institutions
  • Transfer eligibility certificate from the most recently attended U.S. institution
  • Declaration of financial support form
  • Original financial statements to verify sufficient funds. These statements must:
    • Be written in English on bank letterhead
    • Show the sponsor as the owner of the account
    • Be from a personal checking, savings or money market account (business bank accounts - except where the financial sponsor is listed as the sole signer, and stocks, land deeds, retirement accounts and other non-liquid assets are not acceptable)
    • Be less than 6 months old
    • Show an ending balance of at least $26,411 in U.S. dollars.
  • Personal Data sheet

Please note: F-1 International Transfer Students must submit all seven (7) of the required documents at the time of application. Partial applications will not be accepted or reviewed for admission.

An applicant who meets all CCBC admission requirements for transfer from another college or university within the U.S. will receive an acceptance letter. To complete the F-1 transfer process and receive an I-20 from CCBC, an applicant will need to meet with an International Student Services counselor on the campus they plan to attend. Please contact us at either:

CCBC Catonsville
Student Services Center, Suite 015
(443) 840-5005
catonsvilleiss@ccbcmd.edu

CCBC Essex/CCBC Dundalk
Student Services Center, Suite 120A
(443) 840-1005
essexiss@ccbcmd.edu

Application Deadline Dates for F-1 Transfer Students

  Fall Semester August 1
  Spring Semester January 2

Please note: F-1 International Transfer Students must submit all seven (7) of the required documents at the time of application. Partial applications will not be accepted or reviewed for admission.

Admission of Visiting F-1 Students

A student with an I-20 from another institution who enrolls concurrently at CCBC is considered a “visiting” student and is charged international student tuition rates. The following documents must be submitted to the International Student Services Office to be admitted to CCBC as an F-1 visitor:

  • CCBC Application for Admission
  • Valid passport
  • Copy of I-20 from current university
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended U.S. institutions
  • Approval statement from an international student counselor indicating how many credits the student is permitted to take at CCBC 

Students should keep copies of all documents which are submitted to CCBC. The college will not return or reissue transcripts, financial or immigration documents to another institution or to the student.

Admission of Individuals Seeking to Change their Immigration Status to Become an F-1 Visa Student

A non-immigrant who wants to become a full-time student at CCBC must apply to change his or her immigration status with the federal government. Change of status applicants are advised to seek legal counsel from a qualified immigration attorney for assistance with this process.

The following documents must be submitted to the International Student Services Office to be admitted to CCBC:

  • CCBC Application for Admission
  • Certified copy of high school transcript(s) in English, verifying completion of secondary school. These high school transcripts need to be evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-approved organization for translation and interpretation. The College recommends World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators to determine if the completed program is equivalent to a United States High School diploma.
  • Declaration of Financial Support form and financial statements to verify sufficient funds. These financial statements must: 
    • Be written in English on bank letterhead
    • Show the sponsor as the owner of the account
    • Be less than 6 months old
    • Be from a personal checking, savings or money market account (business bank accounts - except where the financial sponsor is listed as the sole signer, and stocks, land deeds, retirement accounts and other non-liquid assets are not acceptable)
    • Show an ending balance of at least $26,411 in U.S. dollars.
  • Passport with original visa page
  • I-94 (original card or on-line print out)
  • CCBC placement testing results
  • Personal Data Sheet

Please note: F-1 International Change of Status Students must submit all seven (7) of the required documents at the time of application. Partial applications will not be accepted or reviewed for admission.

After submitting the above documents to International and Immigrant Student Services, a student must complete a change of status application with USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services).  An International Student Services counselor can help to determine what is needed for the application packet. Minimally, the packet will require the following:

  • A letter detailing reasons for the change of status
  • A check or money order payable to the “Department of Homeland Security.” To determine the fee amount, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website, select Forms tab and then select Filing Fees.
  • I-901 SEVIS Fee Payment Receipt 

The USCIS stipulates that an individual with a current B1/B2 visa cannot enroll in CCBC credit classes until the change of status has been approved.

Current or prospective F-1 Visa students are encouraged to seek advice from the International Students Services (ISS) office concerning their visa or immigration status, health insurance, employment, tax questions, CCBC policies and procedures, and academic requirements to maintain their student status.  Information about housing, transportation, banking, legal, and other services in the community is also available.

CCBC is required by U.S. federal regulations to report changes to an F-1 student’s registration, address, program of study, and other events to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).  

Admission of Individuals with Other Non-immigrant Visas

Many non-immigrants can take credit courses at CCBC without changing their status. Some examples include F2, H4, H1A, H1B, J2, R2, TN, and TPS. In addition to the general application procedures, all international applicants are required to submit proof of their immigration status at the time of application. Tuition rates are based on immigration and residency status. Enrollment in credit courses may be limited according to federal, state and college regulations. For additional information, contact an International Student Services staff member.

Students without appropriate documentation of immigration status or who have expired documents and are not eligible for the Maryland Dream Act Senate Bill 537 (former Senate Bill 167) may be admitted and allowed to take credit courses at international tuition rates. Students must submit the following documents to the International Student Service office at the campus they choose to attend:

Visitors for Business or Tourism with B-1, B-2, WB, or WT visas can only enroll in non-credit courses offered through the Continuing Education division. For credit classes, refer to the section related to “Changes in Immigration Status.”

Official USCIS documentation should be submitted to International Student Services if a student’s visa status changes for any reason during any period of enrollment. In some cases, a change in visa status may affect the tuition rate.

Contact the International Student Services Office for additional information.

Admission of Permanent Residents, Asylees and Refugees (Immigrant Students)

An applicant is considered an immigrant if he or she holds an Alien Registration Card (“green card”), refugee, or asylum documents from the U.S. Government. The immigrant applicant will pay tuition rates based on their residence in the U.S.

Applicants to CCBC must submit the following documents to the Admissions Office or International Student Services Office:

  • CCBC Application for Admission
  • Valid permanent residency document (green card, form I-551 or I-151), refugee or asylum documents (I- 94, passport, or official letter from the U.S. Government)
  • Official transcript(s) from high school or GED scores and transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities.

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) recognizes that non-immigrant students may have pending applications with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for legal permanent residency (LPR). CCBC will approve in-state tuition rates for applicants who can provide the following documented evidence that their LPR application is in the final stages of approval. 

  1. A receipt for filing Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status)
  2. A stamped Application Support Center (ASC) Biometrics Appointment Notice 

A student must meet CCBC residency requirements as specified in this CCBC catalog and may need to submit a CCBC Change of Student Information form. Proof of immigration status documents are required before the start of the full term for the Fall and Spring semesters. For the Summer Session, documents are required before June 1st and by January 1st for the Winter session. Documents presented after these deadlines will be reviewed and considered for the following semester/session.

A student’s immigration status will be monitored by the International Student Services Office every 12 months to determine the case status for pending permanent resident applications.  If the approval for permanent resident status has been denied by USCIS, the student’s tuition rate will be re-adjusted to the international tuition rate.

A student must maintain all requirements of his or her current immigration status and visa until permanent residency is approved by USCIS.

Admission of Undocumented Students

Students without appropriate documentation of immigration status or who have expired documents and are not eligible for the Maryland Dream Act Senate Bill 537 (former Senate Bill 167) may be admitted and allowed to take credit courses at international tuition rates. Students must submit the following documents to the International Student Service office at the campus they choose to attend:

A combination of Presidential Executive Orders, and Federal and Maryland legislation, provide opportunities for some eligible non-U.S. citizens to pay in-state tuition rates at CCBC. Students who do not have written proof of approved immigration status from USCIS are encouraged to apply for the Maryland Dream Act Tuition Discount, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Discount or the CCBC Pending Permanent Resident (Green Card) Tuition discounts. Qualification requirements for each discount appear below. Applying for these exemptions/discounts does not change the student’s responsibility to pay the tuition and fees billed before discount eligibility is determined.

Undocumented students are also encouraged to visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission website for more information about scholarship opportunities through the Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA). See MSFAA User Guide 23-24.pdf (maryland.gov) for more information.

Maryland Dream Act  

In order to qualify for Out-of-State Tuition Exemption under the Maryland Dream Act Senate Bill 537 (former Senate Bill 167), a student must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

1. Attended a public or private high school in Maryland.

2. Graduated from a public or private high school in Maryland or earned a Maryland GED or equivalent.

3. Register for CCBC classes within six years after graduating from a public or private high school or earning a Maryland GED or equivalent.

4.  Provide documentation that the student, student’s parent(s) or legal guardian has filed Maryland income tax returns:

I.  Annually for the 3 years that coincide with the student’s attendance at a public or non-public high school in Maryland (home-schooled students are also subject to this requirement);

II. Annually during the period, if any, between the student’s graduation from high school and enrolling at CCBC.

5. Provide a Maryland income tax return or transcript for each year of enrollment at CCBC no later than May 1st of each year to receive the upcoming academic year’s tuition benefit.

6. Submit an official Maryland high school transcript, copy of the Maryland high school diploma or GED certificate or equivalent, and a photo ID.

7. File an application for permanent residence status within 30 days after becoming eligible to do so.

8. Present the Selective Service System registration acknowledgment card to prove registration with the Selective Service System (all males 18 – 25 years old). For information, visit the Selective Service System website or call 1-888-655-1825.    

To apply for the Maryland Dream Act Tuition discount, submit the Application for Out-of-State Tuition Exemption for Undocumented Students and the following required documentation to the International Student Services office required before the start of the full term for the Fall and Spring semesters. For the Summer Session, documents are required before June 1st and by January 1st for the Winter session. Documents presented after these deadlines will be reviewed and considered for the following semester/session.

  • Official Maryland High School Transcript
  • Copy of Original High School Diploma or Maryland GED Certificate or equivalent
  • Proof of Submitted Maryland Income Tax Returns (MD 502 Forms)
  • Copy of Selective Service Registration Acknowledgment Card
  • Copy of Photo ID
  • CCBC Application for Admission (new student only)

Complete Dream Act application packages will be reviewed within 14 days of receipt by CCBC. Incomplete or partial applications will not be accepted or reviewed.

If the student is determined to be eligible, a notification letter will be mailed. The tuition exemption will be granted for as long as the requirements are fulfilled or until the college no longer offers this benefit.

Applying for this exemption does not change the student’s responsibility to pay the tuition and fees billed before the exemption/discount eligibility is determined. The Maryland Dream Act is different from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from the U.S. government. 

Undocumented students may not qualify for federal student financial aid. Please visit the student aid eligibility website for more details.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

As an open door admission institution, the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) grants admission to all students regardless of immigration status. In conjunction with the June 15, 2012 announcement by the Department of Homeland Security and the February 25, 2013 policy statement issued by the Maryland Attorney General’s office, the President’s Council of CCBC has made the following provisions for some qualified non-U.S. citizens to pay in-state tuition rates.

In order to qualify for in-state tuition rates, a student must meet the identity and residency requirements as stipulated by the United States Custom and Immigration Services for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website for more information.  DACA eligibility must be renewed with USCIS.

To apply for the DACA tuition benefit, a student must bring or email a Form I-797 verifying approval of DACA status, to the International Student Services office by the first day of the full (fifteen-week) term of each semester, regardless of term session enrollment. Documents presented after that date will be reviewed and considered for the following term. The same deadline applies to late start classes

The International Student Services office will complete a DACA Acknowledgment Form and will review the documentation within 14 days of receipt. Students who are eligible for the DACA benefit will be notified by email.

Applying for this benefit does not change the student’s responsibility to pay the tuition and fees billed before the eligibility is determined. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from the U.S. Government in different from the Maryland Dream Act.

Undocumented students may not qualify for federal student financial aid. Please visit the student aid eligibility website for more details.

Contact the International Student Services Office for all questions pertaining to international and immigrant admission and enrollment. 

Permission to Enroll in Courses at Another Institution

To enroll in a course at another institution to earn credits toward completion of CCBC graduation requirements, a student should obtain permission from CCBC to confirm that the course credits earned will be accepted for transfer by CCBC.

  • Obtain the Permission to Enroll form from the Registrar’s Office or Enrollment Services Center.
  • Complete the form and submit it to the transcript evaluator in the Registrar’s Office for approval.

Readmission

A student who withdraws from CCBC in good standing and is eligible for readmission does not need to complete a new application for admission. Submit the Change of Student Information form to the Enrollment Services Center with supporting documentation if you have changed your name, residence, email address, phone number, or program of study since the last time you attended CCBC.

Transferring to CCBC

Admission with transfer credit
It is preferred that the sending institution be an accredited college or university for a student to be admitted to CCBC with transfer credit. CCBC recognizes the following institutional accrediting associations:

  • Higher Learning Commission (formerly North Central Association)
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (includes the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and the Senior College and University Commission)

A student who transfers from an institution that is not accredited has the opportunity to receive credit by petitioning the department from which they would like to receive credit.

As part of CCBC’s general admissions procedures, a student will need to submit official transcripts of all previous college course work. Transcripts from other institutions should be current and submitted to CCBC within one year of the date they are issued. CCBC reserves the right to verify any questionable grades or credits. Transcripts submitted to CCBC are the property of CCBC and become part of the student’s file. CCBC accepts official paper or electronic transcripts. These must be sent to CCBC directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts submitted to CCBC opened, from the student, either electronically or via paper, will not be accepted as official.

International students with prior college-level coursework completed in their home countries need to submit their transcripts to a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-approved organization for translation and interpretation; a course-by-course evaluation is required. The College recommends that students use World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators, but urges students to consider the transcript evaluation requirements of their desired four-year institution if they wish to transfer in the future when choosing an evaluation agency. CCBC does not evaluate international transcripts and requires all international coursework to be evaluated prior to submission to CCBC’s Registrar’s Office.

Students should keep copies of all documents which are submitted to CCBC. The college will not return or reissue transcripts, financial or immigration documents to another institution or to the student.

Grade Level Requirements

Courses taken with an earned grade of “D” or better will be accepted . Students must earn a “C” or better in order to be awarded credit for ENGL 101. That is, ENGL 101 will not be accepted in transfer with an earned “D” grade.

Grades for courses taken at colleges or universities other than CCBC will not be computed in the GPA but may be used for selective admission requirements. For degree audit purposes, courses transferred to CCBC with a grade of “C” or better are indicated by “TR.” Courses transferred with a grade of “D” are indicated by “TD.” Neither “TR” or “TD” are included in GPA calculation.

Transfer of General Education Requirements

Transferred General Education courses will fulfill the corresponding requirement at CCBC if a student’s program of study does not require completion of a specific General Education course as outlined in the catalog.

ENGL 101 must be completed with a “C” or better at the originating institution to be accepted in transfer to CCBC.

A student who earned a degree from an accredited institution outside of the U.S. will be evaluated on an individual basis. CCBC will make any decision regarding General Education requirements based on the results of the transcript evaluation, particularly relating to English requirements.

Transfer Credits for Associate Degree Programs

CCBC has direct transfer agreements with other Maryland community colleges and four-year institutions. CCBC will accept a maximum of 75% of the credits required for a degree or credit certificate, through a combination of transfer and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). In order to receive an associate degree from CCBC, the transfer applicant must fulfill the credit and curriculum requirements of the major. Students must complete a minimum of 25% of their credits through CCBC coursework to satisfy residency requirements at CCBC. To determine the number of credits required to complete the residency requirement for your program, multiply the total number of credits needed for the program by .25. Most degrees are 60 credits; 25% of 60 credits is 15 credits (60 x .25 = 15).

Transfer Credits for Credit Certificate Programs

A student who applies to CCBC as a transfer student with the intention of earning a credit certificate in a designated occupational area must complete the admission criteria and also complete at least 25% of the courses required for the credit certificate through CCBC coursework. No more than 75% of the courses may be accepted in transfer from another institution, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), or a combination. To determine the number of credits required to complete the residency requirement for your program, multiply the total number of credits needed by .25. The total number of credits required for certificate programs varies by curriculum; please refer to specific program requirements outlined in the CCBC catalog.

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