Payment of Tuition & Fees

  1. Tuition and fees are posted to a student’s account when the student registers for classes.  Due dates are published on the Financial Services-Student Accounting (FS-SA) website.
  2. Financial Aid, Tuition Remission, Third Party payments, and Internal Payments (e.g. discretionary funds, sponsors) are posted to the student’s account.  The remaining balance must be paid using acceptable payment methods.
    1. Financial Aid is administered by the Department of Student Financial Assistance and Education.
    2. Tuition Remission is administered by the Department of Human Resource Services.
    3. Third party billing is administered by FS-SA.  Billing is consistent with the terms of a Third Party Tuition Contract (which may be a contract, or an approved form) issued to a student and provided to UMB by the student.   A Third Party Tuition Contract is a written agreement or form authorizing UMB to bill all or part of a student’s tuition charges directly to the third party, which typically is the student’s employer.  The third party’s obligation to pay must be based on a student’s registration, not upon matriculation or program completion.   Payment from the third party is due upon receipt of the UMB invoice. The student is responsible for any tuition not covered by the Third Party Tuition Contract and any amount not received by UMB upon billing for the Third Party support.  If the Third Party fails to pay UMB within 30 days after the third billing, the student will be billed and is responsible for payment.
    4. Internal Payments
      1. Internal payments using grant, revolving, or discretionary funds are applied to tuition, fees, and insurance charges.  If there are funds remaining, the funds will be returned to the funding source (i.e., credited to the chartstring).
      2. Operational Units are responsible for ensuring payments are allowable as evidenced by the grant sponsor’s contract or other communication from the head of the Operational Unit.
      3. The Operational Unit completes the Tuition/Fees/Insurance Payment Form PDF available on the Financial Services website.
      4. The form must be signed by a Person with Fiscal Authorityover the funds used for the payment.  This person accepts responsibility for authorizing the fiscal activity that appears within the financial accounting records for the projects under the person’s responsibility.
  3. Acceptable Payment Methods
    1. The following methods are available for payments in U.S. dollars (USD):




      Cashier’s Office









      Money Order








      Credit Card (fees apply)




    2. Payments made using foreign currency (i.e. not USD) are only accepted through Flywire.  Access to Flywire is available in SURFS.
    3. Payments by mail should include the student’s name and Student ID.  Checks/money orders should be made payable to University of Maryland, Baltimore.  Mail to: 

      University of Maryland, Baltimore
      P.O. Box 17108
      Baltimore, MD  21297

    4. The Cashier’s Office is located at:

      University of Maryland, Baltimore
      Health Sciences and Human Services Library
      601 W. Lombard Street, 2nd Floor
      Baltimore, Maryland  21201

    5. The website for making online payments is printed on the invoice or may be accessed through SURFS.
  4. UMB Installment Plan
    1. A student seeking to pay in installments should visit the Student Accounting office (located on the 2nd floor of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library) before the original due date of the bill to execute a UMB Installment Plan contract.
    2. UMB Installment Plan Terms
      1. An administrative fee of $10.00 per semester is added to the outstanding balance.
      2. One-third (1/3) of the charges plus the $10.00 administration fee are due on the original due date.
      3. One-third (1/3) of the charges is due 30 days after the original due date.
      4. One-third (1/3) of the charges is due 60 days after the original due date.
      5. A $25.00 late fee may be charged for any installment not paid by the installment due date.  If an installment payment is not received within 10 days after its due date, the total remaining balance becomes due immediately and additional late fees may be charged in the amount of 5% of the outstanding balance to a maximum of $200.00.
  5. UMB Account Financial Payment Agreement
    1. Refer to UMB Policy VII-2.20(A) Payment of Tuition and Fees for information on the UMB Account Financial Payment Agreement.
    2. A student who satisfies the criteria for a UMB Account Financial Payment Agreement and would like to schedule an appointment with the Bursar may contact the Bursar at 410-706-2929.
  6. If payment is not received by the due date, the semester outstanding balance is subject to a one-time late fee of 5% to a maximum of $200.00.  
  7. Compliance
    1. UMB is required to comply with IRS regulations regarding the reporting of tuition and fees.
      1. Students should review their personal information in the online student portal (SURFS) to ensure the Social Security Number (SSN), or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), is correct.
        1. Students with missing SSN or ITIN information will be contacted by FS-SA to provide the correct information.
        2. Failure to furnish a correct SSN, or ITIN, to FS-SA may result in penalties imposed on the student by the IRS.
      2. A Form 1098-T will be generated and delivered to the student at the address stored in SURFS.  Students may consent to receive the 1098-T electronically instead of in paper form.  Instructions for granting consent to an electronic 1098-T are emailed to students in October.
    2. Operational Units cannot use State general funds to pay any charges billed to or on behalf of students.
  8. Employees in Operational Units who improperly authorize the use of general funds or other UMB Funds for tuition and other student charges may be subject to disciplinary action and/or criminal action.  Payments for tuition or fees using UMB Funds that have not been properly authorized must be reimbursed to UMB from external sources (e.g. Foundation funds) or charged back to the student).
  9. Exceptions to this Procedure must be approved in writing by the University Controller (UC) in Financial Services. All requests must be submitted to the UC using the Policy or Procedure Exception Request Form PDF available on the Financial Services website.  The request must be signed/e-mailed by the Department Head or designee.
  10. Questions?  Contact the Bursar at 410-706-2929.

For more please visit UMB Financial Services Procedures here

Determination of In-State Status

An initial determination of in-state status for admission, tuition and charge-differential purposes will be made by the university at the time a student’s application for admission is under consideration. The determination made at that time, and any determination thereafter, shall prevail in each semester until the determination is successfully challenged prior to the last day available for registration for the forthcoming semester. A determination regarding in-state status may be changed for any subsequent semester if circumstances warrant re-determination.

Applicants for review of eligibility and questions concerning the university policy should be directed to the campus Office of the Registrar. Students classified as in-state for admission, tuition and charge-differential purposes are responsible for notifying the Office of Records and Registration in writing within 15 days of any change of circumstances that might affect their classification at the University of Maryland. A complete policy statement may be obtained on the Campus website.

Students who received educational loans while in law school must participate in entrance and exit interviews conducted by the Campus Financial Aid Office. Students with general financial aid questions can also visit the Student Financial Planning Coordinator in Suite 280.

Add/Drop & Tuition Changes

For most students, and in most circumstances, online add/drop will continue through the first two weeks of the semester. Earlier add/drop deadlines exist for Clinic/LTP courses and early-semester short courses.

Paper add/drop (as opposed to online add/drop) is recommended for students who are being billed by the credit hour (e.g., 2D, 3D, 3E, and 4E students) who drop classes between the tuition billing date (the day prior to the first day of the semester) and the add/drop deadline. This is because the on-line system does not recognize dropped credits after the initial bill is calculated.  Students who add credits will be identified by the on-line system and billed at the appropriate higher rate.

After the add/drop deadline, tuition cannot be reduced in recognition of dropped courses, unless the student withdraws from school entirely. The University sets refund dates for students who withdraw from school entirely and publishes the Refund Schedule for Withdrawal.

Options for 2E Students

2E students are billed on a flat rate for 10 credits each semester.  During the summer between the 1E and 2E years, students are billed on a per credit basis.  During the summer between the 1E and 2E years, rising 2E students have the option of substituting a summer course for a spring elective, or of substituting two summer courses for both the fall and spring electives, without payment of additional tuition.  In this situation, a tuition credit would be processed for the summer course(s), and the student would pay the 10-credit flat rate in the spring.  Students wishing to take advantage of this opportunity must notify the Law School Registrar and the Law School Financial Aid Coordinator by the add/drop deadline for the course or courses being taken during the summer session or early summer session.

Students wishing to take courses during the summer between the 1E and 2E years (in addition to the full 10-credit load during the 2E fall and spring semesters) may do so and will be billed on a per credit basis.  Students receiving merit-based scholarships may use a portion of their scholarships toward summer session tuition.

2E students wishing to take more than 10 credits during one or both semesters of the 2E year would lose the benefit of the flat-rate tuition and would be billed for all credits on a per credit basis.

Students who have completed the 1E year who wish to transition to the Day Division may do so by completing the Request to Transition from 1E to 2D.  Students pursuing this option will give up the 2E flat rate and will be billed on a per credit basis going forward, regardless of the number of credits taken in any semester.


The UMB Student Accounts Office sends its billings to your local mailing address as recorded in the SURFS system or to your permanent home address if no local mailing address is recorded. Log on to SURFS to check your address.

Students who do not pay their bill by the appropriate due date will be subject to the faculty approved policy on Financial Responsibility.

If you do not receive a bill prior to the start of classes, you should check your bill on-line on SURFS or personally contact the Student Accounts Office, HS/HSL, 601 W. Lombard Street, Suite 206 (410-706-2930).

Normal hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for phone inquiries.

Evening students who need to conduct in-person business with the UMB Office of Student Accounts (where you pay your bill, receive loan or tuition-refund checks) may make special arrangements to do this after normal hours. Please contact the Student Accounts Office, 410 706- 8357, to make arrangements.

Financial Responsibility

A student who does not pay, or make and follow the conditions of a satisfactory arrangement to pay, a bill for tuition and fees shall not be entitled to attend classes, take examinations or do other work for credit, and no grade or credit will be given for any work done during the semester to which there is default. Any registration or advance registration for a subsequent semester will be canceled. The student will not be permitted to return to the school until the student (1) pays, or makes and follows the conditions of a satisfactory arrangement to pay, the student’s unpaid tuition and fees; and (2) thereafter is readmitted to the school by the dean. However, if the student then is subject to exclusion from the school for any reason other than unpaid tuition or fees, the student may be readmitted only by the Administrative Committee. The student’s required administrative withdrawal does not obviate the student’s financial obligation to the university. For purposes of the rules on academic exclusion, the student shall be treated as having withdrawn from the school without the right to return.

A student who does not pay, or make and follow the conditions of a satisfactory arrangement to pay, any financial obligations to the University of Maryland other than for tuition and fees that in aggregate exceed $25.00 shall not be entitled to advance register, arena register or graduate from the school until the student pays, or makes and follows the conditions of a satisfactory arrangement to pay, the aggregate amount owed. The term “financial obligations to the University of Maryland other than for tuition and fees” includes bills for library fines, photocopying fees, bills for university housing and student health services, amounts owned by reason of emergency loans made by the University, bills owed to departments of the university other than the School of Law, and any similar financial obligations to the university.

Postponement of Payment

Postponement of payment will be permitted only in the following circumstances:

  • You have made timely application for financial aid to the Financial Aid Office and have promptly responded to further requests by that Office, but for reasons beyond your control your aid package is not complete. Any amount due in excess of the Financial Aid amount is your responsibility and must be paid by the bill due date.
  • You have a contract for payment of tuition and fees by a third party and that information has been received by the Student Accounts Office. Any amount due in excess of the contract amount is your responsibility and must be paid by the bill due date.
  • You have signed up for the Installment Payment Plan. If your balance exceeds $500, after applying all financial aid (including loans) and third party contractual billings, you may pay through our installment plan. The installment plan enables you to make three equal payments; the first on the due date of the bill and the succeeding payments at thirty day intervals. There is a $10 administration fee for the service. Installment payment plans are handled in the Student Accounts Office. (Not available for the summer session.)

Penalties & Late Fees

The late fee is $100 or 5% of the balance due (whichever is less) for any amount due and payable by the student not included in the above exceptions.

If you elect the installment payment plan and payment is received in the Student Accounts Office within a ten day period after the due date you will be charged a late fee of $25. However, if the installment payment is not received within ten days after its due date, the total remaining balance will become due. In addition to the total amount due and the $25 late fee, there will be an additional charge of $100 or 5% of the balance due, whichever is less, added to your account.

As with any amount owed to the State of Maryland, seriously past due accounts will be referred to the State Central Collections Unit. Once an account has been referred to SCCU an additional 17% collection fee is assessed and the delinquency is reported to the credit bureaus.

Any questions or more detailed information may be obtained from Student Accounts, HS/HSL, 601 W. Lombard Street, Suite 206 (410) 706-2930.

Cancellation, Withdrawal, Change of Registration Status & Refund of Fees

Students who advance register or register in person and subsequently decide not to attend the School of Law must notify the Director of Registration & Enrollment in writing on or before the first day of classes. If this office has not received a request for cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on or before the first day of classes, the University will assume the student plans to attend and accepts his or her financial obligation. A student desiring to withdraw from the school at any time during the academic year after classes begin must so inform the Director of Registration & Enrollment by letter/email or by completing an Application for Withdrawal. Students canceling their registration and those withdrawing from the school must satisfy all outstanding financial obligations to the school and return his or her student identification card. If the above procedures are not completed, the student forfeits the right to any refunds. For students withdrawing, the date used in computing refunds is the date the Application for Withdrawal is signed by the Director of Registration & Enrollment or the date of receipt of the letter/email stating the decision to withdraw.

First-year day division students pay a flat-rate tuition and pay tuition on a per credit basis after the second semester.  First-year and second-year evening division students pay a flat-rate tuition and pay tuition on a per credit basis after the fourth semester.  All students pay tuition on a per credit basis during summer sessions. Subsequent to the add/drop deadline, there is no tuition refund for students who are given permission to drop courses.

Students officially withdrawing from the school are credited for all academic fees charged to them less the matriculation fee, in accordance with the following schedule:

Period from Date Instruction BeginsPercentage Refundable
On or before the first day of semester 100%
First 10% of semester 90%
11% to 25% of semester 50%
26% to 50% of semester 25%
After 50% of semester 0%

First Professional International (F-1 & J-1 visa) Students

Full-time enrollment is based on 12 semester hours per semester or equivalent.