About Fees

Mandatory and Non-mandatory Fees

Some of the fees listed below are mandatory: you will be required to pay them consistently while you are attending Bowie State University. Other fees below will be incurred depending on where you are in your academic career.

Acceptance Fee
When accepted, a student must pay an acceptance fee, which will be credited to the student’s account and applied to subsequent charges. The acceptance fee is nonrefundable and will be held to the student’s credit for a period of one year. If the student does not enroll at Bowie State University during that year, the acceptance fee will revert to the University.

Athletic Fee
These funds are used by the athletic department to help support the athletic programs of the University.

Cooperative Education Fee
A cooperative education fee is charged to each participating student for counseling services, for personal visits from the coordinator of the Cooperative Education Program while on the job, for mailing all student co-op publications, and for being considered a full-time registered student while working.

Developmental Education Course Fee
A developmental education fee will be charged to all students enrolled in each developmental mathematics, English, or reading course.

Diagnostic Assessment Fee
A diagnostic assessment will be charged as a one-time cost for first- and second-year students, including first- and second-year transfer students. This fee supports costs associated with providing assessment tests and related prescriptive support plans for freshman and sophomore students.

English Proficiency Fee
A fee is assessed for the English Proficiency Examination, a graduation requirement which must be satisfied by all students receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University.

Graduate Comprehensive Exam
The graduate comprehensive fee is a testing fee for graduate students.

Graduation Fee
A graduation fee is charged as a one-time expenditure to students once they apply for graduation. This fee covers the processing of transcripts and related documents provided to external bodies at the request of the student. This fee offsets the cost of commencement.

ID (Bowie Card)
An annual fee is charged to cover the cost of improving and maintaining the system. If a card is lost or stolen, a replacement fee will be charged.

Late Registration Fee
A late registration fee is charged to any student who completes registration during the late registration period as designated in the University calendar.

New Student Orientation
A new student orientation fee is assessed to all new and transfer students.  This fee supports new student orientation programs, activities, and materials.

Student Teaching Fee
Each student enrolled in student teaching as part of the instructional program is charged a fee for payment of supervising teachers at the participating schools.

Sustainability Fee
This is a student supported fee and is charged to cover the University's Green Initiative to lower the carbon footprint of the campus.

Technology Fee
These fees are used to fund the costs of IT infrastructure and services.

Student Center Fee
These funds are used to maintain the operation of the Student Center.

University Construction Fee
These fees are used to fund the debt service on University auxiliary construction projects.

University Activity Fee
These fees are used by the student organizations for class dues, student publications, dramatics, social events, assembly programs, and other student projects.

Vehicle Registration Fee
Parking permits are required of all enrolled students, faculty, staff, and visitors who park motor vehicles on campus.

Wellness Center Fee
A wellness center fee will be charged to all students to maintain the campus infirmary.