Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to the UMBC community and to our Parents’ Connection Web site. The mission for Parent Programs and Services at UMBC is to enhance a positive connection between parents and the University. We will achieve this through the development of effective communication, family programming and the sustainable facilitation of the UMBC PAWS (Parents Actively Working for Students) group so that students' academic success and their university and life experiences may be fully actualized.


As a UMBC parent or guardian, you are automatically a member of PAWS. Membership allows you complete access to all parent programs and services, rights to attend all PAWS meetings as well as receive the Parents' Connection newsletter via e-mail free of charge.  To sign-up for the electronic newsletter, request more information or receive updates related to PAWS, please e-mail us at

On behalf of our Parents Program office and staff, we look forward to working with you to optimize effective communication in order to maximize your student's success here at UMBC.

Yours Truly,

Charles J. Fey, Ed.D.  

Vice President of Student Affairs

Sign-up for the Parents' Connection E-newsletter

Spring 2007 Commencement Information




UMBC News for Parents via E-mail HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

As a free service, parents can receive the UMBC Parents' Connection, a semi-weekly e-newsletter sent every other week via e-mail to keep you connected with UMBC and your student. It includes campus news, events, academic calendar, "Parent's Corner," scholarship information and much more!

Web site specifically for Parents

There is a helpful Web site available for parents of students who are in college or who plan to go to college–or both.  Learn more about financial aid, federal legislation affecting loans and grants for higher education and currents trends on college campuses.  Check out

Residential Life Resources for Parents and Families

Parent Connection Archives - 2004-07

Official UMBC Fall 2007 Online Calendar
The online calendar includes the academic calendar as well as links to details of UMBC events. It is updated and easy to read.

UMBC Parent Handbook, 2007
The UMBC Parent Handbook is distributed to parents during Parent Orientation. The electronic version, containing updates not included in the printed version, is available through the link above.

Visiting Campus
This visitor's guide will help you to navigate the UMBC community and prepare for your campus visit.

Your Student at UMBC
Links to essential UMBC Web pages for parents as well as opportunities for your student to get involved in campus life. Includes safety information from the University Police Department and the Office of Residential Life.

Volunteer Opportunities
Explore ways that you can take an active role as a member of the UMBC community.

Need employees? Consider our students and alumni.

Alumni and students make great employees. Consider looking here, first.

Paying Tuition and Other Bills
Choose from the following:


E-Bills -E-billing is here! Paper bills will be discontinued. Students are now required to sign-up for e-billing. For more information and to sign-up, please go to

Monthly Payment Plan - UMBC offers a monthly payment plan as an alternative to payment in full. This affords you the ability to conserve your savings and budget your expenses. Payment schedule defaults to the longest payment period available. Enroll now for Spring '06 monthly payment plan.

On-line Payments - Pay on line with a credit card anytime, view your bill any time, schedule payments in advance anytime.  If you have any questions, please contact the Bursar's Office/Student Billing via email at or by calling 410.455.2288.

Add Money to Your Student's Campus Card
The UMBC Campus Card is more than an ID card - it's your student's library card, meal plan card and debit card. It can be used to purchase most anything on campus including use of washer and dryer, soft drink machines, copy machines, bookstore purchases and much more. When you click the above link, a new browser window will launch for the transaction.

Giving to UMBC
In these economically challenging times, the philanthropic support of higher education is more important than ever. Parents can designate their tax-deductible donation to the Parents Fund or they may support areas of specific interest such as academic departments, athletics and various scholarship funds. You can find out more and even make a gift online when you visit this site.

University Publications
Online versions of UMBC's official publications.

Professional Education and Training at UMBC
Discover how UMBC can help you to advance professionally!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please e-mail Daniel Hall at or call 1-866-VIP-UMBC.

Web site last updated February, 2007