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Tuition and Fees

As a public honors university attracting outstanding faculty and very talented students, UMBC is a great higher-education value. This chapter details the university’s tuition and fees and describes typical expenses for housing, meals and textbooks.

NOTE: Notwithstanding any other provision of this or any other university publication, the university reserves the right to make changes in tuition, fees and other charges at any time such changes are deemed necessary by the university and the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

Application Fee

The non-refundable $50 application fee for undergraduate programs and summer and winter sessions helps defray the cost of processing UMBC admissions. By written request, students may update their applications by one semester or term without paying an additional application fee.

Enrollment Fee

A non-refundable $100 enrollment confirmation deposit is required of all new degree-seeking freshmen and transfer students. This deposit is applied toward tuition and fees.

Orientation Fee

Enrolling, degree-seeking undergraduate students are charged a one-time, non-refundable $125 orientation fee their first semester at UMBC


Matriculation Fee

A non-refundable $100 matriculation fee will be charged to all undergraduate, degree-seeking students, their first semester at UMBC.

Tuition and Fees (estimated, based on actual fall 2009 rates)

Please use the figures below as a guide, but be aware that these figures will change.
 Please visit for each semester’s current charges.


Expenses for full-time undergraduates enrolled for 12 or more credits:

Maryland residents:
Tuition: $3,242
Mandatory fees: $1,194
Semester total: $4,436

Residents of other states and countries:
Tuition: $7,912.50
Mandatory fees: $1,194
Semester total: $9,106.50

Mandatory fees for part-time undergraduates enrolled in fewer than 12 credits (those taking 12 credits in a regular semester pay full-time fees):

Maryland residents:
Tuition (per credit): $270
Mandatory fees: $106
Per credit total: $376

Non-resident tuition:
Tuition (per credit): $658
Mandatory fees: $106
Per-credit total: $764

Explanation of Mandatory Fees

Non-refundable Athletic fee supports intercollegiate athletics, intramurals and recreation programs.
Non-refundable University Commons fee supports services and programs available at The Commons.
Non-refundable Transportation fee supports the maintenance of parking facilities, shuttle buses and the campus program of traffic control.

Student Activities fee covers costs of various student activities and student publications administered by the Student Government Association.

Auxiliary Facilities fees support the development and maintenance of facilities essential to UMBC’s programs.

The Technology fee supports the computer infrastructure on campus—computer networking, myUMBC portal, Web site, student labs, wireless systems and the computer help desk.

Other Fees

University Health Services Fees
Fees are charged to students receiving services at University Health Services.
International students on certain non-immigrant visas are required to have health insurance and will be charged appropriately each semester. To determine the exact amount and conditions that apply, contact University Health Services at 410-455-2542

Shriver Center Programs Fees
The Shriver Center requires a fee for enrollment in a mandatory practicum course linked to all center programs, including cooperative education, internship, community service and learning, and international work and service programs.

Music Performance Fees
Half-hour lesson/weekly
$284 (majors)
$300 (non-majors)

One-hour lesson/weekly
$425 (majors)
$450 (non-majors)

Course and Materials Fees
Some courses may have additional course and materials fees. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for more specific information.

Audit Fees
Audit fees are the same as those charged for credit courses. Audited credits are added to hours taken for credit to determine semester fees assessment.

Golden ID program fees
Tuition is waived for Golden ID students. Golden ID students are responsible for the fees below:

Golden ID degree-seeking:
Orientation Fee $125
Matriculation Fee $100
Technology Fee (per credit-hour)
Transportation Fee (per credit-hour)

Golden ID non-degree seeking:
Technology Fee (per credit-hour)
Transportation Fee (per credit-hour)
Please refer to the “Admissions to UMBC” section of the catalog, for admission requirements for Golden ID students.


Lodging and Meals per Semester
Students living in residence halls are required to have a meal plan. Students living in the residence apartments are not required to have a meal plan, however many elect to do so.

Estimates (Based on Fall 2009 rates)

Residence Halls
Residence Halls $3,000
Single Room $3,250
Apartments $3,100

For additional information on Residence Halls, please visit

Meal Plans
19 meals per week ( The Ultimate plus flex)$1,816
14 meals per week (Fab 14  plus flex) $1,690
10 meals per week  (Terrific 10 plus flex)$1,460
Any five meals (Advantage 5 plus flex) $ 816

For information on additional meal plans available,  please visit

Textbooks and Supplies
Textbooks and classroom supplies purchased at the bookstore will vary with each course pursued, but typically average $600  per semester.

Billing is electronic. Students receive emails when e-bills are available and can access them through myUMBC. Other Payers can be granted access ( by students) to view and pay e-bills online,

Bills may be paid online by credit card. A convenience fee is charged on credit card payments.  Discover, MasterCard and American Express  are accepted online.  Visa is not accepted.
Bills may also be paid online by  ACH - debit from checking or saving account.  There is no charge to pay by ACH.

 Cash, checks and money orders are  accepted in person on campus at the Cashier’s Office. The Cashier’s Office does not accept credit card payments.

For more information please visit

Monthly Payment Plan
The university offers a monthly payment plan (Fall and Spring semester only)for those who find it more convenient to pay tuition, fees, board and lodging in installments There is a nominal fee charged per semester to enroll in the monthly payment plan.

For more information, please visit

In most cases when  financial aid awarded  exceeds the amount owed, or an over payment is received,  a refund check will be generated in the student’s name and mailed to the student. Plus loan refunds are generated in parent’s names and will be mailed  to parents.

Entrance Counseling
Students accepting Perkins loans and Stafford loans must complete entrance counseling prior to the first disbursement of their loans. For more information on entrance counseling for Stafford loans, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship at 410-455-2387 or visit For more information on Perkins loans entrance counseling, please contact Student Business Services at 410-455-2288 or visit

Fines and Penalties
  • Late payment fee
    Late payment fees are assessed monthly on balances not paid by the due date.
    Please visit for the late payment fee policy and for more information.
  • Late registration fee: $20
    Late registration fee is charged when registering the first day of the semester and later.
  • Change Registration fee $20
        • Change  registration fee is charged each time  that changes are made to registration after the 10th day of classes of each semester. 
  • Replacement of Campus Card fee: $30

Parking Fines     
Parking fines are billed by Parking Services and will not appear on student accounts. For specific details on Parking fines and billing of those fines, please visit: or contact Parking Services at 410-455-2551.

Returned Check fee $30
The returned check fee is assessed when checks (or ACH payments) are returned unpaid. . A “Cash Only” flag is placed on the student account, restricting payments to cash and official bank checks.

Library Fines
Library fines are billed by the Library. For specific information on library fines charged and payment of those charges, please visit

Student Debts to the University
Debts to the university (including debts at the collection agency) must be paid in full before university services such as registration (for a new semester) and requests for official transcripts and diplomas will be granted.

University services will be denied for students with defaulted Perkins loans and for Perkins loan recipients who have not  completed all  requirements (entrance/ exit counseling, documentation, etc.).

 Please note that refunds or payments due to students may be applied to existing debts.

Uncollected debts will be turned over to the Central Collections Unit (CCU). Accounts transferred to CCU will be reported to the Credit Bureaus and assessed a minimum collection charge of 17 percent of the outstanding debt, plus attorney and court fees, if applicable. The university and CCU reserve the right to make changes in fees and other charges as may be deemed  necessary. These fees are the student’s responsibility.


Refund of Fees

Schedule Adjustments Periods/ Adding/ Dropping
Your billing may change as a result of adding or dropping courses.
For specific schedule adjustment dates, tuition and fees that will be charged due to changes in registration, please visit and select a specific semester or contact Student Business Services at 410-455-2288.

If a student is compelled to leave UMBC at any time during the semester, he or she must notify the Registrar’s Office in writing by filing a form available in the Registrar’s Office or by sending an email to Please consult the Registrar’s Office website, for specific information regarding the procedure to follow for withdrawals.  Stop payment on a check, failure to pay the semester bill or failure to attend classes does not constitute withdrawal.

Please note: In addition to contacting the Registrar’s Office, when withdrawing, students with housing contracts and meal plans are required to contact Residential Life and Food Services. Students receiving Financial Aid are required to contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.  Students enrolled in the Monthly Payment Plan are required to contact the Monthly Payment Plan Administrator. Failure to contact each office may lead to charges posting on student accounts, late fees and collections.

Refunds for Withdrawal from a Semester

Depending on the timing of the withdrawal from the university, students may be entitled to a refund of a percentage of tuition and refundable fees.

Please visit select the semester to review specific dates, percentages and refunds that you may be entitled to.