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Tuition, Fees and Scholarships

2015-2016 Budget for Full-Time Undergraduate Students

Paying Tuition and Fees

For more information on payment due dates, where and how to pay, setting up third party billing (for students receiving a scholarship or foreign government funding), click here. You can pay online with a credit card (VISA is not accepted) or a check from a U.S. bank account. There are extra charges (2.75% for paying with a credit card. You can also pay in person or by mail.

Flywire (peerTransfer) option: Allows you to use money from a foreign bank account to pay your tuition and fees. Note: this transfer may take several days to complete bank transfer. Frequently Asked Question for peerTransfer

Billing and payment Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition Banding

Effective Fall Semester 2007, UMD has restructured the undergraduate tuition policy in favor of a tuition-banding strategy. All credits above 13 per semester will now be tuition-free. All undergraduates will pay a flat tuition rate based on a 13-credit load; credits 1–12 are assessed at a per-credit rate.

The tuition band is a way to help students reduce the cost of their education, since students who take advantage of the band and graduate in 4 years rather than 5 years pay significantly less. To graduate in 4 years, a student on average must complete 15–16 credits per semester.

Complete Tuition and Fee Information

Academic English Language Program

UMD's Academic English Language Program (AELP) helps international students improve English reading, writing, and speaking skills for success in a university classroom or in the workplace. All of the courses are at the advanced level and are offered for college credit.

AELP Location, Hours, and Courses


UMD has a variable number of full-tuition scholarships for new and returning undergraduates depending on available resources. The scholarships waive tuition only. Recipients are responsible for student service fees, computer fees, books, medical insurance and living expenses. The award is based on financial need, leadership experience, and students' potential to actively participate in the University community. Recipients remain on scholarship during the four years of undergraduate study, provided they maintain their legal status and are in good academic standing. Students who have applied to UMD and have been accepted are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Please see International Student Scholarship 2016 for more information and the application form.

Additionally, current UMD students are eligible for the Rutherford International Student Scholarship. Please see Rutherford International Student Scholarship for more information and the application form. This scholarship is for students in good academic standing who demonstrate some financial need.

<Additional scholarships can be found under these sites>


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International Scholarships is an online financial aid database for students from any origin. They have scoured all corners of the globe to locate awards that are designed to assist students who wish to study in another country.

Abroad Planet

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Fast Web

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Search over $1 billion in free scholarships to help pay for college. Be sure to filter the results by citizenship to list scholarships that international students are eligible to apply for.

Free Scholarship Searches

Find links to more than 50 free, online scholarship search sites listing thousands of scholarships and financial aid awards worth billions of dollars. Before applying for a scholarship, be sure that it is open to students who are not citizens of the U.S.

Financial Aid and Work Study

Financial aid as discussed by UMD generally refers to federal or state financial aid that is only available to domestic students. This funding is not available to people on F-1, F-2, J-1, and J-2 visas.

International students are not eligible for employment that specifies "Work Study Only". Work Study means the position is funded partially by federal or state financial aid money so international students are not eligible.


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