Golden ID Program

The Golden ID Program allows eligible senior citizens to take advantage of the wide variety of courses at the University of Maryland. To be eligible for participation, the individual must be:

  • 60 years of age or older
  • a legal resident of the State of Maryland
  • retired (not engaged in gainful employment for more than 20 hours a week).

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the appropriate admission office.

If you are interested in an undergraduate program, degree or non-degree seeking, you must apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You can find more information on applying from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions can be contacted at:

If you are interested in a graduate program, degree or non-degree seeking, you must apply through the Graduate School. You can find more information on applying from the Graduate School. The Graduate School can be contacted at:

Tuition and Fees

Golden ID students will be responsible for paying:

  • Application fee (graduate or undergraduate, as appropriate)
  • Golden ID fee for each semester registered

Golden ID students who are enrolled at the university and are registered in a state-supported program will have their tuition automatically waived.

Golden ID students who are enrolled at the university and are registered for an entrepreneurial and/or self-supported program will need approval for their tuition to be waived. For additional information or if you have questions, please email registrar-help@umd.edu with the subject line, “Golden ID Program.”

How to Register

  • Golden ID students can register via Testudo on a space available basis for a maximum of three courses.
  • Registration for fall and spring semesters starts on the third day of classes.
  • Registration for winter and summer terms starts on the first day of classes.
  • Students must meet all course prerequisite and co-requisite requirements.

Other Program Details

  • The Golden ID Program offers eligible persons access to certain academic services, including the use of the libraries, as well as certain other non-academic services. Services are only available to those who have registered for one or more courses in the current term.
  • Golden ID students also have the opportunity to become involved with the Golden ID Student Association which provides cultural and social events, course recommendations, and peer advising. Please check your email near the start of each fall and spring semester for additional information.
  • Golden ID students are not eligible for Consortium courses or Continuing & Executive Education Programs.