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Undergraduate Catalog 2012

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
A non-refundable $125 orientation fee is required of all enrolling, degree-seeking undergraduate students their first semester at UMBC. Students are responsible for paying the orientation fee regardless of attendance at the mandatory new student orientation programs.
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 2011 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:                 $3,439.50
Mandatory fees:    $1,294.00
Semester total:     $4,733.50

Residents of other states and countries:
Tuition:                $8,614.00
Mandatory fees:   $1,294.00
Semester total:    $9,935.00

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

Maryland residents:
Tuition (per credit):  $286.00
Mandatory fees:      $115.00
Per credit total:       $401.00

Non-resident tuition:
Tuition (per credit):  $718.00
Mandatory fees:      $115.00
Per-credit total:       $833.00

Explanation of Mandatory Fees

Non-refundable Athletic fee supports intercollegiate athletics, intra-murals and recreational 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, and for more information on Health Services fees, please 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.For more information on Shriver Center charges, please visit

Music Performance Fees
NON- MAJOR - 3 CREDITS - $450.00
NON-MAJOR - 2 CREDITS - $300.00
For more information, pleasePlease visit

Course and Materials Fees

Some courses may have additional course and materials fees that are not outlined in this publication. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for 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 2011 rates)

Residence Halls
Residence Halls $3,207.50
Single Room $3,476.50
Apartments $3,316.00

For additional information on Residence Halls, please visit

Meal Plans
Unlimited Meals at True Grit Dining Hall ( The Ultimate plus flex) $1,936.00
14 meals per week (Fab 14  plus flex) $1,803.00
10 meals per week  (Terrific 10 plus flex) $1,557.00
Any five meals (Advantage 5 plus flex) $867.00

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 (parents, spouses,etc.) can be granted access (by students) to view and pay e-bills online.

Bills may be paid online by credit card, electronic checks (ACH) and Campus Cards. A convenience fee is charged on credit card payments.  Discover, MasterCard and American Express are accepted online. Visa is not accepted. There is no charge to pay by ACH or Campus Card.

Cash, Campus Cards, 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.

Payments are not accepted by phone.

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 overpayment is received, a refund will be generated. All student refunds are processed electronically. Plus loan refunds are generated in the parent's name, via paper check, and mailed to parent. If parents designate their refunds to go to the student, or their loan application, those refunds will be processed electronically and deposited to an account chosen by the student.

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 the Student Business Services Office 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.

Late Registration Fee
A late registration fee is charged when registering the first day of the semester and later.

Change Registration Fee
A change registration fee is charged each time that changes are made to registration after the 10th day of class.

Replacement of Campus Card Fee
A replacement card fee is charged to replace a lost Campus Card.

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 Fees
The returned check fee is assessed when checks (or ACH payments) are returned unpaid.  When payments are returned, 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 Tuition & Fees

Your billing may change as a result of adding/dropping courses or withdrawing from the university. In some cases, students may be entitled to refunds of tuition and refundable fees (based on the schedule below) for term withdrawals and for dropping individual classes (Fall and Spring semesters). Please note that a stop payment on a check, failure to pay the semester bill or failure to attend classes does not constitute withdrawal from the university. If a student is compelled to leave UMBC at any time during the semester, he or she must complete requirements for withdrawal as stipulated by the Registrar’s Office.

This refund schedule below applies both to dropping individual classes and withdrawing from the university in the Fall and Spring terms. Please visit for Summer and Winter session refund schedule.

Percentage of tuition & fees refunded (excluding non-refundable fees) once term begins:

Day 1 - 5 100 percent
Day 6 - 10 80 percent
Day 11- 15 60 percent
Day 16 - 20 40 percent
Day 21 - 25 20 percent
After Day 25 0 percent

Please visit and select a specific term to view the tuition and fees refund schedule for that term.

Calculation of Title IV Refunds for Students Who Withdraw

The Federal Return of Title IV Funds policy mandates that students who officially or unofficially withdraw from all classes may only keep the financial aid they have “earned” up to the time of withdrawal. Financial aid funds that were disbursed in excess of the amount "earned" must be repaid.

Federal financial aid includes:

  • Pell, SEOG and TEACH grants
  • Perkins, Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS loans
  • Calculations are done on a case-by-case basis after the withdrawal date is established.

The federal calculation determines the amount of Title IV aid the student is eligible to retain; however, the amount the student is charged for the semester is based on the Institutional Refund Policy. The application of these policies may result in the student owing a balance to the university that cannot be covered by Title IV financial aid.

For additional information about the Return of Title IV Aid policy, please visit the financial aid website at