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Tuition Grants

ESCOM is a unique concept in continuing education designed to serve the needs of men and women who are in, or preparing for, retirement. It is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning, seeking continued personal growth through the creative use of leisure time in a stimulating intellectual and socially congenial environment.

In keeping with the above objective, the College of Marin Foundation and ESCOM have collaborated to offer tuition grants for students 55 years of age, or more, who may find it difficult to cover the entire cost of enrolling in the College of Marin class of their choice.


Eligibility Criteria

Age: Grant recipients must be at least 55 years of age.

Eligible courses: Only Community Education classes are eligible.

Financial Need: You must be able to demonstrate financial limitation. Please complete the attached Tuition Grant Application. All information shared on the form will be kept confidential. The COM Foundation reserves the right to review any financial records.

One class per student per quarter: No more than four grants per year will be awarded any individual, including one for fall 1 or 2 and one each for winter, spring, and summer quarters. Grants are quarter specific and are not transferable between quarters.

Available funds: There are limited funds for partial grants which will be uniformly allocated among all eligible applicants.

Only course fees are covered: Materials fees are NOT covered by grant funds and must be paid for by the student at the time of registration.

Application Procedures

  • Register First
    You are not eligible for a Tuition Grant unless you have registered and paid for a class. Vouchers are no longer available. Please see registration information in the class schedule or at
  • Submit the Tuition Grant Application
    Completed grant application forms must be received in the Emeritus Center by the deadline shown at the top of the application form.
  • Tuition Grants Funds Disbursed
    The ESCOM grants committee meets following the deadline. You will be contacted regarding the committee’s decision. A refund check representing your tuition grant award will be mailed to you from the College of Marin Foundation during the 3rd or 4th week of the quarter.



Click here to download tuition grant application form.


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Technical Contact: Cheryl Lynn Carlson, Program Specialist, Community Education, Lifelong Learning and International Education, 415.485.9311
Content Responsible: Dr. Jason Lau
, Director, Community Education, Lifelong Learning and International Education, 415.485.9316