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Individuals in Maryland who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may be eligible to receive tuition waivers (free tuition) at Maryland Community Colleges.

Individuals who are legally blind and who meet income and resource requirements are eligible to receive SSI (and, in some cases, SSDI). For children younger than 18, the income and resources of a parent or guardian are considered for eligibility purposes; for individuals over 18 years of age, only their income and resources (and those of a spouse, if any) are included. 

If the individual is enrolled in classes as part of a degree or a certificate program designed to lead to employment, tuition for up to 12 credits per semester may be waived. If they are not enrolled in such a program, tuition for up to six credits per semester may be waived.

To qualify, you MUST file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. More information can be found at the Community College Tuition Waiver for Students with Disabilities Receiving SSI or SSDI web page. Reach out to the Bridges HelpDesk with any questions or concerns at 410-357-1546, Helpdesk@imagemd.org or via the accessible web form.

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