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60 & Older

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The Golden ID Program enables older adults, who want to better themselves and continue their education, to take courses at little cost.

If you are looking to further your education for personal enrichment, are 60 years young, retired, and not working full-time, then you may be eligible for the Golden ID Program. The Golden ID Program permits Maryland residents 60 years of age and older to take graduate courses at little cost. Golden ID students will be responsible for paying some fees, while tuition is waived.

Qualified individuals may apply as degree-seeking, post-baccalaureate certificate, or non-degree seeking students. To apply, follow the same instructions for degree, certificate, and non-degree applicants.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for Golden ID status, please complete the eligibility form listed below. You may call our office during business hours at 410-455-2537 or email us directly at

Golden ID Eligibility Form [Word | PDF]

Please Note – The following programs are not available to students utilizing Golden ID benefits: the Online Master of Science in Information Systems; the Online Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; the Master of Science in Engineering Management or Systems Engineering; the Master of Arts in Education or Management of Aging Services; and the Master’s in Professional Studies with any of its tracks (Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Entrepreneurship Innovation & Leadership, Geographic Information Systems, Health Information Technology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Technical Management). The preceding exclusions also apply if the student is pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate or not pursuing a degree. UMBC reserves the right to exclude other programs from Golden ID eligibility.

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