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Non-Traditional Students

Non-Traditional Student Learners
At ACM, we know that starting or returning to college a little later in life can be intimidating, but we are here to help you through the process.
301-784-5198 or 301-784-5199
Location: COLLEGE CENTER (CC) 141

 If you meet any of the following criteria, you may be considered a Non-Traditional student:

  • Out of school 5+ years
  • Age 25+
  • Have children/dependents other than a spouse
  • Are an active reserve member or military veteran
  • Employed 35+ hours per week while attending school

As we see it, you're bringing life experience and a different perspective to your studies - something we consider to be an asset to both you and your classmates.

We welcome you to visit with us!  Let us give you a personalized tour or arrange for you to sit in on a college class. 

Why ACM?

Take a look at what our non-traditional student learners have to say about Allegany College of Maryland!

We're here to help
Frequently Asked Questions
  • I have been out of school for a long time and would like to start/return to college, but don’t know where to start.  Can you help me?
    Yes!  Please call the Advising Center 301-784-5198 for personalized assistance in getting started.
  • Are virtual appointments available?         Yes, We can meet via Teams or Zoom.
  • Can I receive financial aid or a scholarships?
    Yes, you may be eligible to receive both student financial aid and scholarships. You will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal and state grants and/or student loans.  This is also a required step for most scholarships, even if you do not qualify for government aid. You can apply for scholarships through the ACM Foundation by completing one application. You will be auto-matched to the scholarships in which you meet the criteria. In addition to receiving scholarships through the ACM Foundation, you may apply for scholarships through community businesses and organizations.
  • Does financial aid help pay for books??
    It can.  If you have financial aid left after your tuition and fees are paid, it can be used to help pay for your books and other supplies through our campus bookstore.
  • Does ACM offer child care?
    No, but we can help you identify community resources to find childcare. 


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