At Capitol Technology University, we consider you a first-time freshman applicant if you have never enrolled in a college or university after receiving a high school diploma. If you received college credit while attending high school, you're still considered a freshman.
High School Requirements
For engineering programs, we look for:
- at least a 2.8 grade point average
- an SAT score of at least 900, with at least a 500 in math or an ACT score of 19
- a fourth year of math (to prepare for college calculus)
- a third year of science
For non-engineering programs, Capitol looks for students who have:
- at least a 2.2 grade point average
- an SAT score of at least 800 or an ACT score of 17
- three years of math, including plane geometry and algebra II
- two years of science
- two years of social science
Engineering applicants who do not meet the above criteria, but meet the general admissions criteria, may be accepted into a freshman engineering technology program. After successful completion, students may transfer into the engineering program as sophomores with academic dean approval.
Foreign languages are not required.
Below you will find the information and resources needed to take the next steps toward your education.
Step 1: Submit your scores
If you're a first-time freshman under the age of 22, take the SAT or ACT. (If you are a transfer or international student, you can ignore this step.)
Have the scores sent to Capitol. Our official SAT and ACT codes are the same: 5101. Capitol does award credits for Advanced Placement tests. To receive credit, you should have a score of 3 or higher. Have your scores sent to Capitol.
Step 2: Complete your application.
- Apply online using the Undergraduate Full-Time or an Undergraduate Part-Time Application (No Application Fee!)
- Download the full-time application (PDF) and fill it out by hand. (Be sure to enclose the $25 application fee.)
- International students should apply using the international application as soon as possible and include the $150 non-refundable processing fee.
Step 3: Have your transcripts sent to Capitol.
An official, signed transcript of your high-school or previous college work must be sent directly from your school to this address:
Office of Admissions
Capitol Technology University
11301 Springfield Road
Laurel, MD 20708
For first time students, your school should also submit your ACT or SAT scores, if you have not had the testing agency send the scores directly to the Office of Admissions. Our code is 5101.
Step 4: Visit the campus.
Come see firsthand our state-of-the-art labs and multimedia classrooms. We welcome visits anytime, but we also offer special visiting days. RSVP to one of our open houses or request a private tour of the campus.
Step 5: Explore financial aid.
Capitol Technology University offers scholarships, private and institutional grants, loan options, work-study programs, and veteran's benefits. We'll put together the best financial aid package that works for you.
Step 6: You can expect a decision within two weeks
You can apply - and get accepted - any time before fall registration in late August or early September, or before spring registration in January. (We encourage you to submit your application well before these registration periods, and pay attention to financial aid priority dates.)
We believe students who carried an additional course load in high school should earn credit for their efforts. Here is how to determine if you qualify for credit:
Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Any PLTW course with a grade of C or higher will transfer. The number of transfer credits for each course depends on its content and length of its delivery (e.g. contact hours).
Advanced Placement Tests
Students who score a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement test will receive credit. Contact your high school counselor for more information.
International Baccalaureate Courses
Capitol awards credit for selected IB courses. Students who score 5 or higher on select IB courses will receive credit. See Capitol admissions representative for specifics.
The following rates are in effect for the 2018-2019 academic year beginning Fall 2018 and continuing through Summer 2019. For Summer 2018 rates, click here.
Tuition rates are subject to change without notice.
Full-time Tuition 12-18 credits)
$12,354 per semester, plus fees
Full-time Tuition(in excess of 18 credits in one semester)
$12,354 per semester
+ $1,030 per credit in excess of 18 credits, plus fees
Part-time On-campus or Online Tuition (1-11 credits)
$813 per credit, plus fees
Audited Course Tuition
$813 per credit, plus fees
Asynchronous Online Tuition - Standard Rate
$450 per credit, plus fees
Asynchronous Online Tuition - Partnership Rate
$350 per credit, plus fees
Active Duty Military Tuition Rates
Undergraduate Active Duty Military Tuition
$250 per credit hour
Undergraduate application - $25
Undergraduate online application - free
Processing fee for international students - $150
Undergraduate On-campus Student Services (per semester)
Resident students - $120
Full-time commuter (12+ credits) - $56
Part-time commuter (1-11 credits) - $13
Information Technology fees:
Part-time (1-11 credits) - $19 per credit
Full-time (12+ credits) - $360 per semester
International Student Fee -- $750 per semester
Transcripts (each) - $10
Level 1 Lab Fee - $25
Level 2 Lab Fee - $50
Level 3 Lab Fee - $75
Level 4 Lab Fee - $100
Late registration for continuing students - $40
Drop/add (each paper form) - $10
Deferred payment plan - $30
Late payment fee - $25
Returned check - $40
Check stop payment request - $40
AAS degree programs - $75
BS degree programs - $150
Additional degrees - $75
Validation exam - $250
For the cost of living on Campus in Innovator's Hall, click here.
Click here for information about payment options and refund policy.
At Capitol Technology University, we’re committed to providing an excellent education that’s affordable for all students. We offer you reasonable tuition and fees, and a broad array of financial aid options. In fact, more than 80 percent of Capitol’s students receive some form of financial assistance.
Our experienced financial aid staff will assist you in finding the funds to help pay for your education.
Here are some of your funding options:
Capitol Technology University has a number of merit-based scholarships. High school and transfer applicants for undergraduate acceptance are automatically reviewed for these.
High school students who apply to Capitol Technology University for admission as first-year students automatically have their applications reviewed for one of four institutional scholarship programs. Students whose cumulative grade point average and SAT scores fit into the Merit Scholarship Grid will automatically receive a scholarship. They will be notified by the Office of Admissions of their award amount.
All the scholarships are annually renewable to recipients who maintain a 3.0 grade point average and complete 24 credits each year.
Capitol Scholars Program Scholarship
The Capitol Scholars Program is designed for 14 remarkable students who have the ability to excel in the fields of engineering, information technology, and computer science. Scholars not only receive a full scholarship, but the opportunity to participate in a prestigious four-year program that is challenging, integrated, and hands-on.
Richard J. Heiman Scholarship
Named in honor of a dedicated member of the Capitol Technology University Board of Trustees, this is the most honored and prestigious of the institutional scholarships. Awards range from $10,000 to $12,000. Eligible applicants will have at least a 3.7 cumulative GPA and a combined SAT CR/M score of at least 1200. Heiman Scholarship awardees are invited to our Capitol Scholars program in January to compete for additional scholarships up to full tuition.
Eligible applicants will have at least a 3.5 GPA and a combined SAT CR/M score of at least 1100. Awards range from $7,000 to $9,000.
Board of Trustees Scholarship
Named to recognize the service and support of the college’s Board of Trustees members. Awards range from $4,000 to $6,000. Eligible applicants will have at least a 3.3 GPA and a combined SAT CR/M score of at least 1000.
FIRST Robotics Scholarship
Capitol Technology University offers a $5,000 scholarship to FIRST Robotics students. These funds may be used toward any undergraduate course of study at the college and the award is renewable up to a total of $20,000 over four years, contingent upon good academic standing.
To be eligible for this scholarship you must:
- Be a senior in high school
- Have participated in at least one full season during your junior or senior year on a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team or a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team
Capitol Technology University Scholarships
These scholarships, ranging from $4,000 to $10,000, are offered to qualifying community college students who transfer to Capitol Technology University. Eligible students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and submit an essay. The scholarship is renewable to students who maintain a 2.8 GPA and complete 24 credits each academic year.
Corporation and Foundation Scholarships and Endowed Scholarships
Numerous scholarships exist for continuing, full-time Capitol students. Each scholarship has its own eligibility criteria, but most share a common application form.
The corporation and foundation scholarships at Capitol Technology University reward continuing, full-time students with funds donated by generous businesses, foundations and individual donors. The donors have established their own criteria and requirements, such as academic merit or financial need. Students continuing to meet the awarding criteria will be considered for subsequent scholarship awards. However, corporate and foundation scholarships are not automatically renewed.
Continuing students interested in applying must submit a completed scholarship application with a typed essay on an assigned topic between March 1st and March 31st before the academic year they want to be considered for a corporate and foundation scholarship.
Applications are available on MyCapitol portal (Login Required).
Patrick Gibbon Memorial Scholarship
Golf Tournament Scholarship
Ian Howard Memorial Scholarship
Karl R. Peterson Memorial Scholarship
The John and Mary Dettra Scholarship for the Radio Club of America, Inc.
Verizon Foundation Scholarship
The endowed scholarships at Capitol Technology University reward continuing, full-time students with a 3.0 GPA with funds donated by generous businesses, foundations and individual donors. The donors have established their own criteria and requirements, such as academic merit or financial need. Scholarship awards and amounts vary and are not automatically renewed.
Continuing students interested in applying must submit a completed scholarship application with a typed essay on an assigned topic between March 1st and March 31st before the academic year they want to be considered for an endowed scholarship. One application found on MyCapitol encompasses these scholarships:
- Alcatel USA Scholarship
- Anonymous Foundation Scholarship
- Anthony and Anna L. Carozza Foundation Endowed Scholarship
- Carl and Sandra English Endowed Scholarship
- Charles and Helen DeVore Memorial Scholarship
- Frederick J. Berger Scholarship
- France-Merrick Foundations Scholarship
- George I. Alden Trust Scholarship
- H. Brian Thompson Scholarship
- Hal and Kay Scholl Family Scholarship
- Homer Gudelsky Memorial Scholarship
- JDSU Scholarship
- John and Beverly Puente Scholarship
- Leonard Jarrell Memorial Scholarship
- LTC Lawrence D. Sites Scholarship
- M & T Bank Foundation Scholarship
- Micros Systems, Inc. Scholarship
- Motorola Foundation Scholarship
- Northrop Grumman Foundation Scholarship
- Northwest Iowa Telephone Company, Inc. Scholarship
- Rietzke Scholarship
- Thomas Capshaw Memorial Scholarship
- Vitro/Wayne Shaffer Scholarship
- W. Waverly Webb/ Prince George’s County Young Men’s Educational Foundation, Inc. Scholarship
- Walter N. and Annie M. Pike Scholarship
- William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund for Women and Minorities
A separate application found on MyCapitol is required for each of these endowed scholarships:
Avrum Gudelsky Memorial Award
The Avrum Gudelsky Memorial Awards has been made available through an endowment created by Homer and Martha Gudelsky in memory of their son, Avrum. This scholarship recognizes and encourages academic excellence among outstanding seniors who are pursuing a bachelor of science degree. It is the highest academic honor the college confers. This scholarship is for senior level students with at least a 3.5 GPA and who have earned a minimum of 96 credits.
The Brigadier General Harold R. “Johnny” Johnson and Maria Baciu Johnson Scholarship
This scholarship was endowed by the Johnson family and William O. Hider, in memory of Brigadier General Harold R. “Johnny” Johnson and his wife, Maria Baciu Johnson. The Brigadier General was the fifth president of Capitol Technology University. This scholarship is for junior level students pursuing a career in innovation, entrepreneurship or business. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have earned 66 – 95 credits.
Capitol Scholars Program
Each year, Capitol selects at least five outstanding incoming freshmen for a full four-year scholarship.
Elevate yourself to the highest level of scholarship.
The Capitol Scholars Program is designed for remarkable students who have the ability to excel in the fields of engineering, information technology, and computer science. Your talent for technology and ambitious goals and drive could be the characteristics that earn you a spot as one as few as of five students selected each year to be Capitol Scholars.
Capitol Scholars receive a full scholarship and the opportunity to participate in a prestigious four-year program that is challenging, integrated, and hands-on. The program offers students an encouraging support system, dedicated mentors, and above all, career planning assistance and internship opportunities. Our partnership with the National Science Foundation allows students to step outside the classroom and into a professional environment, allowing them to go further, achieve more, and become future technology leaders.
If you are innovative, hard-working and have a thirst for knowledge, then the Capitol Scholars Program is perfect for you. A full scholarship, a group of dedicated mentors, and an integrated four-year program allows you to focus on living up to your incredible potential. You can become one of tomorrow’s technology leaders, starting today. Rise to the challenge and apply now!.
To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have:
- a 3.0 GPA or higher
- a combined SAT CR/M score of 1100 or higher or the ACT equivalent
How to Apply
- Apply to the college and be accepted.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Results must be sent to the Capitol Technology University (School Code 001436) Office of Financial Aid two weeks prior to interviews.
- Nominated students are invited to a CSP Interview and Presentation Day to present their academic interests. Students may consult with an admissions representative for interview preparation.
February and March - Interview and Presentation Days
March 1 – Deadline for applications and FAFSA forms
April 1 - Notification of awards
The federal government has grant programs for students who demonstrate financial need. Maryland and many other states also have need-based grant programs for full and part-time students.
Grants are financial aid awards that do not have to be paid back. To be considered for grants, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants are available to undergraduate students.
Federal Pell Grant. Pell Grants are free money awarded by the Federal Government to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Filing the FAFSA constitutes applying for a Pell Grant. Make sure to include Capitol Technology University's School Code, #001436 on the FAFSA. Once the Financial Aid Office receives the FAFSA results you will be notified of your award.
National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant). An eligible student must receive a Pell Grant during the same award year; be a U.S. citizen; be a full-time student in his or her third or fourth academic year of undergraduate degree study; be pursuing a major in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering or critical foreign language; and have at least a 3.0 grade point average as of the end of the second award year and continue to maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
The Howard P. Rawlings Educational Excellence Awards. These grants are awarded by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance to full-time Maryland residents who file their FAFSA by March 1st deadline. The FAFSA is the application.
Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG). Another program of the federal government, SEOG grants are given to students with exceptional financial need. Students who have filed their FAFSA by March 1 and meet eligibility requirements are automatically considered for a SEOG grant.
Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts (VAIC) Scholarship. VAIC is awarded by Maryland Higher Education Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance and is designed to provide financial assistance to United States armed forces personnel who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts, and their sons, daughters, or spouses who are current high school seniors, and full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution.
- Maryland Part-Time Grant. These grants are funded by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance. Awards are made by Capitol Technology University to Maryland residents enrolled part-time (3 to 11 credits) in a degree program, who have demonstrated financial need and who have completed the FAFSA. Priority is given to those who filed their FAFSA by March 1st. These funds are limited.
Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant (GA). These grants are awarded by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance to current high school seniors who complete a college preparatory program, demonstrate financial need and enroll full-time in a two or four year degree program within the State of Maryland. Individual must be a Maryland resident, file a FAFSA by March 1st deadline and complete the Guaranteed Access Grant application by March 1st. Apply here: https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us/
Maryland 2+2 Transfer Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance and are designed to assist transfer students from Maryland community colleges to attend a 4-year institution within the State. Individual must have earned an associate’s degree by the end of the semester you intend to transfer, complete the FAFSA by March 1st and demonstrate financial need.
Edward T. and Mary A. Conroy Memorial Scholarship Program. This program is funded by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Office of Student Financial Assistance and awarded by Capitol Technology University. Individual must be a Maryland resident at the time of the application and enrolled full or part-time in a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate program. The program is designed to assist individuals affected by military service related disabilities or death whose veterans educational benefits have been exhausted; and, victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Detailed eligibility requirements can be found here. Contact the Financial Aid Office for an application.
- DC, Virginia, and Pennsylvania State programs for grants, scholarships and loans.
The federal government has loan programs with low interest rates for undergraduate students and their parents.
Loans are available to both undergraduate and graduate students and must be repaid. Students must be enrolled at least half time (six credits each semester) and cannot borrow more than their cost of attendance minus other financial aid received.
Federal Direct Loan. Students can take out a low-interest Direct Loan through a program sponsored by the federal government. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines a student's eligibility. If you file a FAFSA and include the Capitol Technology University code, 001436, Capitol's Financial Aid Office will inform you of the Direct Loan amount for which you qualify.
There are subsidized Direct Loans for students with financial need and unsubsidized Direct Loans for students regardless of financial need.
- Subsidized Direct Loans - the interest on the loan is paid by the federal government while students are enrolled in school at least half-time and during grace and deferment periods. Interest rates on the loans, which can differ according to the year the loans begin, are below commercial loan rates.
- Unsubsidized Direct Loans - students are responsible for the interest that accrues on the loan during in-school and grace periods. Interest may be paid as it accrues or it can be added to the loan principal.
All first-time borrowers of both subsidized and unsubsidized loans must participate in a loan entrance counseling session at least once. Capitol Technology University students must fulfill this requirement online. To review frequently asked questions concerning Federal Direct Loans, click here.
Parent and Grad PLUS Loans. The PLUS program, also sponsored by the federal government, is available to parents of dependent undergraduate students and graduate students who have borrowed their maximum annual or aggregate loan amount to help pay for their children's education regardless of financial need.
Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits).
- The loan is based on credit history. Parents/Grad students must have good credit history.
- A FAFSA must be completed.
- Parents and Grad students may borrow up to the cost of the education minus any other aid their children receive. Parent/Grad student must complete the PLUS Master Promissory Note and credit check found online at http://www.studentloans.gov. The credit check must be done each academic year the loan is borrowed.
- Parents and Grad students with adverse credit history may be required to complete an online Entrance Counseling Session before the loan can be disbursed.
- Interest accrues upon disbursement. Interest can be paid as accrued or added to the principal of the loan.
- Repayment begins immediately after the final disbursement for the academic year.
- The interest rate for the PLUS is variable, with a maximum rate of 9 percent. The rate is adjusted every July 1, based on the 52-week Treasury Bill on June 1, plus 3.1 percent.
Alternative Educational Loan Programs. These loans are available if additional funds are needed over and above what you receive under the federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs. Over the past few years, some of our students have borrowed educational loans from their credit unions and banks, Discover, PNC, Sallie Mae and Wells Fargo, to mention a few. Note: Capitol Technology University does not have a Preferred Lender List nor does it endorse the lenders previously used by some of our students.
Capitol Technology University in collaboration with the University of Maryland College Park offers perspective and current students the opportunity to participate in UMCP's ARMY ROTC Program. ROTC students can receive full tuition and fees and a monthly stipend while attending class. For more information please visit the MyCapitol Portal ROTC page.
On-campus jobs allow students to earn money toward educational expenses.
On-campus jobs are available to both undergraduate and graduate students under the Federal University Work-Study and Capitol Technology University Work-Study programs. These work programs offer students the opportunity to earn money to meet educational and personal expenses during the year and to get on-the-job work experience.
How to find student employment opportunities:
1) On-campus positions are posted through Capitol's Online Career Center.
2) See the Student Employment page of MyCapitol (you must be logged in to see this page).
Students interested in work study should first contact Financial Aid to see which work-study program they are eligible for and then search online for available positions.
Federal Work-Study is funded by the federal government and awarded by Financial Aid to eligible students who have filed their FAFSA. It is the policy of Capitol Technology University that while class is in session during fall and spring, students cannot work more than 20 hours per week.
Capitol Technology University Work-Study
Students not awarded Federal Work-Study can consider employment under the Capitol Technology University Work-Study program. Funding for this program is provided by various campus departments. Admitted students can contact Financial Aid for more information. Student employers decide the maximum hours students may work each week.
If you are a veteran or a veteran’s dependent, you may be eligible for educational benefits.
Eligible applicants and their dependents may qualify for veterans' educational benefits that are available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If you think you may be entitled to these benefits, contact the VA's education information hotline at 1-888-442-4551 or go to www.gibill.va.gov.
To use your benefits, you must be admitted to the college in a program approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In general, you will begin to receive your benefits after the Registration and Records Office certifies your enrollment and education plan. You'll receive benefits only during your times of certified enrollment. Contact the Registration and Records Office each semester you plan to use benefits so we can certify your enrollment. It can take two to three months for the federal government to process the benefits application.
First-time applicants for veterans' educational benefits
If you are applying for Veteran education benefits for the first time at Capitol Technology University, you must complete the Application to use VA Benefits at Capitol Technology University form. Upon completion, mail or fax (301-369-2328) this form to the Registration and Records Office.You must also submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility and DD-214. Documents can be e-mailed to VABenefits@CapTechU.edu or faxed to 301-369-2313.
All new and continuing applicants for veterans' educational benefits
All new and continuing veterans applying for educational benefits must complete a VA Certification Request form for each semester enrolled. You will find more information about these forms located in the MyCapitol portal. .
Undergraduate programs at Capitol Technology University are offered on a rolling admissions basis. Students will not be admitted after each semester begins.
Students applying for the Capitol Scholars Program must submit their complete scholarship application and FAFSA form by March 1.
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