Financing Your Education

The Graduate School at Hood College offers a great education with affordable tuition and a number of ways to pay for graduate coursework. 

Employer Payment Plans

Many employers offer education reimbursement programs that may pay for some or all of employees' tuition. Information about those programs is available through employers' Human Resources offices.

Hood College has also developed special payment plans with two school districts.

  • Teachers and staff in the Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) may be eligible for the Direct Payment Tuition Plan.
  • Teachers in the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Hood pursuing the Educational Leadership cohort program may take advantage of the special MCPS Plan. 

More information regarding the both plans can be found below.

Graduate Assistantships and Workshops

Hood College offers a number of graduate assistantships that provide tuition and stipends for teaching and/or research assistance. Workshops that provide partial tuition remission are available in academics, athletics and student life. More information regarding Graduate Assistantships and Workshops can be found below. 


  • The Community Foundation of Frederick County is committed to helping students who are pursuing a post-secondary education. Some scholarships are available to those enrolled or planning to enroll in graduate programs. To be considered for Community Foundation scholarships, applicants must complete the online application. Applications are generally due during the month of March each year. Visit their site for exact deadlines and requirements
  • New students pursuing the MFA in ceramics are eligible for a scholarship created by faculty member Phil Berneburg
  • Students residing in Maryland may be eligible for state awarded scholarships
  • Sallie Mae offers a free Graduate School Scholarships search service
  • Federal loans are also an important resource for additional funding. 

Federal Loans

To apply for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Graduate Loan (up to $20,500 maximum eligibility):

You may also choose to apply for a Private Alternative Education Loan.

Financial responsibility

By registering for classes, a student acknowledges responsibility for payment of tuition and fees generated by the registration. Failure to make payment by the specified due date will result in late fees.

Transcripts, grades and registration for future semesters will be held until all financial obligations have been paid in full.

If the student fails to officially withdraw by completing a withdrawal form in the registrar's office on or before the specified deadline dates, the student is responsible for all tuition and fees associated with the registration. Failure to attend classes or to pay a billing statement by the due date does not constitute an official withdrawal. This withdrawal policy applies to all students who have registered for classes, including financial aid applicants.

Payment methods

Payments can be made by mail, in person, or online.

Online credit card and e-check payments can be made here. Hood accepts VISA, MasterCard, or Discover cards online.

Personal checks are accepted in payment of your student account. Please include the student ID number on the front of the check and mail to the following address:

Hood College
Attn: Accounting Office
401 Rosemont Ave.
Frederick, MD 21701

You may pay your bill in person by visiting the accounting office in Room 213, Alumnae Hall, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

International students are also able to make tuition and fee payments through Western Union by following the steps for making a payment via bank-to-bank transfer.

Please note: Any checks returned due to insufficient funds will be charged back to the student’s tuition account and a bank service charge will be assessed. The College reserves the right to withdraw a student at any time during the semester if the College is notified that a parent’s and/or student’s personal check in payment of financial obligations has been refused by the College’s bank.

Payment plan

Hood College offers families the option of paying tuition bills over a four or five month period covering one semester. Please view the instructions on how to sign up for the Payment Plan by clicking here.

Paying your tuition over a period of months allows you to avoid paying in one lump sum and prevents late fees from being applied to your student account. This monthly payment plan is administered by Nelnet Business Solutions and there is a nonrefundable application fee of $30 to participate in the plan. Payments will be made by debiting your checking or savings account or by credit card. For detailed information regarding the Hood College Monthly Payment Plan, including last day to enroll and the date the payments will be processed, please visit All registrations will be done online at Unfortunately we are not able to offer a payment plan option for the summer sessions.

Please contact the accounting office at 301-696-3621 with any questions or concerns.

Tuition Prepayment Plan

Hood College offers a prepayment plan to students and parents who would like to lock-in the current tuition rate, thus guaranteeing savings by avoiding future rate increases. This plan is available to full-time undergraduate students who are not receiving need-based financial aid, and covers tuition and the comprehensive fee. Room, board and other fees cannot be prepaid and will be charged each semester at the prevailing rate.

To qualify for the prepayment plan, a lump sum payment for a two-, three- or four-year period must be made by August 1 for students entering in the fall semester and January 1 for students entering in the spring semester. A prepayment account will be established with automatic payments to the student’s account each semester. If the student withdraws from the College, a refund of the tuition and comprehensive fee for the current term will be made in accordance with the standard refund policy. Any prepaid funds for future years will be fully refunded. Students taking an official leave of absence of one year or less may either: continue participation in the prepayment plan as long as the unused prepayment amount remains deposited with the College, or cancel the prepayment plan and request a refund of the prepaid funds. If the leave of absence exceeds one year, the College will automatically cancel the prepayment plan and issue a refund of any prepaid amounts. Under no circumstances will the College pay interest on any portion of the deposited funds.

Late fees

Payment in full must be received in the accounting office by the due date or late fees will be assessed. The late payment fee is two percent of the unpaid balance at the end of each month. The maximum late fee per month is $250. Please note that late fees are subject to change. Transcripts, grades, and registration for future semesters will be held until all financial obligations have been paid in full.

Refund checks

Overpayments, charge adjustments or excess financial aid may result in a credit balance on your account.

Excess financial aid is distributed within 14 days after the start of classes. Subsequent refunds are processed each week as financial aid is applied.

If you would like your refund check to be applied to a future semester’s charges, please notify the accounting office in writing.

The College does not provide advances on financial aid refunds. If a student’s financial aid award includes funds for books and the student is entitled to a refund, the earliest that a refund can be obtained is when the initial refunds are distributed within 14 days after the start of classes. Therefore, students need to plan accordingly.

All students should prepare to arrive on campus at the start of each semester with funds to purchase books and supplies. Advances on financial aid refunds will not be available.

Refund policies

Fall and spring semesters

Part-time undergraduate students

If course is dropped:

Prior to the beginning of the semester

100% refund of tuition charges


During the drop/add period        

80% refund of tuition charges


After the end of the drop/add period      

No refund

Graduate students

If course is dropped ...

Prior to the first class meeting

100% refund of tuition charges


During the drop/add period        

80% refund of tuition charges


After the end of the drop/add period      

No refund

Summer and winter terms 

If course is dropped:

Prior to the first class meeting

100% refund of tuition charges


After first class meeting, prior to
second class meeting         

80% refund of tuition charges


After second class meeting       

No refund

If a student withdraws from the College :

Prior to the beginning of the semester

100% refund of tuition charges
100% refund of room and board


During the drop/add period         

80% refund of tuition charges
No refund of room
Prorated weekly refund of board


After the drop/add period      

No refunds

Referral to collection agency

By registering for classes, the student agrees that in the event the student becomes delinquent or defaults in paying charges due to Hood College, the student agrees to reimburse Hood College the fees of any collection agency, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 33 1/3 percent of the debt, and all cost and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, Hood College incurs in such collection efforts.

Graduate assistantships and workshops provide new and continuing students an opportunity to finance their graduate education, to pursue professional experience and to engage in the life of Hood College. These positions have a research, instruction, student life or administrative support component.

Hood College offers four types of positions:

  • Graduate assistantships provide 18 credits of tuition remission (up to 9 credits a semester) plus a stipend of $8,000. The 20-hours-per-week positions are offered in the biology program.
  • Spanish assistantships are designed for native speakers of Spanish to assist with language program activities. Language assistants are recruited by the faculty in the department of global languages and cultures. As part of the award, the assistants live in the Spanish House near campus.
  • Academic assistantships present students the opportunity to provide teaching assistance, research assistance, conference and project planning, as well as other academic-related work with various academic departments and graduate programs on campus. Academic assistants receive 3 credits of tuition remission for 90 hours of work per semester.
  • Student life workships involve activities with the athletics department, international student programming and the College chaplain, as well as with other programs within the student life division. The student life workships offer 6 credits of tuition remission plus a stipend of $3,000 for 20 hours of work per week for the academic year.

To be eligible, all students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits of graduate coursework per semester. New students must be unconditionally admitted to the Graduate School; continuing students must maintain a 3.0 GPA; and Spanish assistants must have a 3.5 GPA.

Assistantships and workships are competitive positions and are open to degree-seeking graduate students. Students may apply for these positions for the fall semester. Some positions may become available in the spring semester. Students are encouraged to contact the individual programs, departments and offices directly regarding questions about the positions. (The Graduate School office does not have this specific information.) Hiring supervisors will directly contact selected applicants to schedule an interview.

All positions and job descriptions will be posted on the Hood College job openings page.

FCPS Direct Payment Program

Qualified Frederick County Public School (FCPS) employees are now able to take advantage of a financially friendly Direct Payment Program when enrolling in graduate courses at Hood College.

Developed collaboratively by Hood’s graduate school and FCPS, the Direct Pay eliminates paying tuition up front when registering for courses and then filing for reimbursement at the end of the semester. In most cases, the only out-of-pocket expenses approved FCPS employees pay are the comprehensive and lab fees.

Step One: Qualify

Submit the course request and tuition eligibility forms to the FCPS Human Resources office for approval.

Step Two: Register

Once approved, register for class(es) at Hood.

Step Three: Pay fees

Hood will invoice FCPS employees for any expenses beyond FCPS’ allowable reimbursement amount. Students who qualify for full tuition coverage from FCPS may pay as little as $115.

Step Four: Complete the course

Once students successfully complete the course(s) with a grade of “C” or better, FCPS and Hood reconcile tuition payments. Hood then sends FCPS the transcripts and sends students their course grades.


Student Accounts Manager & Accountant: Shauwney Anderson
Phone: 301-696-3621

FCPS Coordinator/ Human Resources: Sarah Ianacone
Phone: 301-644-5110


Hood College offers both the master of science degree and certification preparation program in Educational Leadership as a cohort through Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Through the cohort, students begin and end the program as a closed learning community. Courses are held at MCPS locations and taught by current and former MCPS administrators.

The cohort program is offered in a prescribed accelerated format, offering one to two courses per term during eight-week periods. Students in the master”s degree program complete in three years, and students in the 18-credit certification program complete in two years. To simplify the enrollment process, students enrolled in the cohort program are automatically registered for the required coursework each semester.

The Hood College cohort program participates in what is known as MCPS Direct Pay. Each year, MCPS establishes a county-wide tuition rate, which historically approximates the Hood graduate tuition rate. Hood College bills MCPS cohort students at the beginning of each term for any tuition not covered by the MCPS tuition rate. MCPS then pays the county-wide tuition rate to Hood College upon the student’s successful completion of the coursework with a grade of B or higher. The out-of-pocket expense, if any, for MCPS cohort students is minimal. In addition, because courses are offered off campus, cohort students are waived from the comprehensive fee.

MCPS also offers tuition reimbursement for students who are not part of the Hood College Educational Leadership cohort program. Please check with your human resources department for additional information/eligibility requirements.

Visit the Educational Leadership page for more information about the program.


Graduate School Assistant Director: Jan Marcus, M.S.
Phone: 301-696-3603

Program Director: Daniel Shea
Phone: 301-696-3766

MCPS Coordinator: Carole Goodman