USM Golden ID Program

The Golden ID Program permits eligible Maryland residents to enroll in undergraduate or select graduate courses at limited cost on a space-available basis. The number of courses taken in any term may be limited. Applicants must be 60 years of age or older and must be retired [chief income derived from retirement benefits and not employed full time]. Program participants may enroll as degree-seeking or non-degree seeking students. Applications must be submitted to the appropriate offices, as specified by each campus, by their regular deadlines for each semester. Registration for courses is on a space-available basis. Tuition and most fees are waived.  Some area campuses are listed below for this statewide program.  There are some differences in the program across campuses, so contact the specific campus of interest for further details.

For more information about the Golden ID program, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation at 410-455-2292 or email us at

University of Maryland College Park
Additional information may be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Mitchell Building, 301-314-8385, or the Golden ID Student Program, first floor, Mitchell Bldg. 301-314-8250.

Towson University
For additional information contact University Admissions, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252-0001; 410-704-2113  or

University of Maryland Baltimore
Complete admissions guidelines and instructions are available at on our Admissions Page. Please note Golden ID applicants are expected to meet the same admissions criteria as all other Graduate School applicants.

Other USM campuses offer Golden ID Programs. Please see their websites for information.