Religious Educational Institutions
A religious educational institution:
Is established for religious educational
Provides educational programs only for religious vocations
Offers only sectarian instruction designed for and aimed at
individuals who hold or seek to learn the particular
religious faiths or beliefs taught by the institution;
Does not offer instruction in nonsectarian or general
States on the certificate or diploma the religious nature of
A religious educational institution must apply for an
exemption from the requirement to hold a certificate of
approval to operate in the State of Maryland. Applications
require a $250 fee.
Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13B.02.04
Exemption Procedures for Religious Educational Institutions.
An exemption is valid for two years, and to renew the
exemption the institution must submit a renewal application
every two years.
A cover letter addressed to the Secretary of Higher Education
from the institution’s chief executive officer requesting a
religious exemption to offer religious educational courses, and
programs as a Religious Educational Institution in Maryland.
The completed religious exemption
(PDF) evidencing that the
institution has adequate financial resources.
Articles of incorporation or other organizing documents and
Proof of Good Standing with the Maryland Department of
Assessments and Taxation.
Current or proposed catalog
One sample of each formal award to be granted
A copy of the required written notice and disclosure form
provided to enrolled students, in accordance with Education
Article § 11.202.1(h)((2), declaring that the institution’s
instructional program is only designed for and aimed at persons
who hold or seek to learn the particular religious faith or
beliefs of the church or religious institution, and provides
only educational programs for religious vocations or purposes.