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Financial Regulations and Expenses

Student Financial Responsibility

Financial Requirements for Registration

All students who register for classes incur a financial obligation to the Bowie State University. Students are responsible for all charges incurred at the University. Failure to attend classes does not constitute withdrawal from the Institution or a class. Students must formally withdraw from the University or a class through the Registrar’s Office. Any adjustment in charges will follow the policy presented in the Schedule of Classes (

Returning students will not be permitted to register for a subsequent semester until all financial obligations, including current semester fees, parking violations, library fines, and any other outstanding charges, have been paid. Account balances must be cleared before students will be allowed to participate in future registrations and graduation or to receive transcripts or diplomas.

Cancellation of a student’s registration may occur if the bill is not paid in full or if approved arrangements have not been made to cover the outstanding balance. Bill due dates and class cancellation dates are published on the University Website (

Failure to receive a billing statement does not relieve the student of the payment obligation.


Returned Checks

In the event that a check rendered as payment is returned by the bank unpaid for any reason, the privilege of using a personal check as payment to the University will be immediately revoked. A fee of $30.00 will be assessed for any returned check. If the University determines that a student’s check is invalid, his/her courses maybe removed from the PeopleSoft Registration system and he/she must officially withdraw from the University. If the student fails to withdraw, he/she remains liable to the University for all incurred charges.

Errors in Billings

The University retroactively adjusts accounts and bills if accounting errors or charge omissions are identified.

Referral to Collection Agency

The University will make every effort to collect all outstanding balances pursuant to State of Maryland regulations. Accounts are reviewed and considered for submission to the State Central Collections Unit (SCCU) ninety (90) days after the official start date of classes. As an agency of the State of Maryland, the University is required by state law to refer delinquent accounts to the State Central Collections Unit. At the time of referral, a collection charge of 17% is added to the balance of the account, plus any additional attorney and/or court costs. In addition, SCCU is authorized by state law to intercept an individual’s state income tax refund or other payment made through the State to apply toward an outstanding debt. The SCCU also reports delinquent accounts to credit bureaus.