Although the Registrar's Office enrolls students in classes, the student's eligibility to participate in registration can be affected by their financial standing with the University.
All students who register for classes incur a financial obligation to the University. Returning students may not be permitted to register for a subsequent semester until all financial obligations are settled, including current semester fees, parking violations, library fines, and other miscellaneous charges. In addition, if the student becomes financially ineligible after completing registration, registration is subject to cancellation unless the account is settled by a prescribed date.
If the student participates in early registration, a bill is mailed to the student's home address on file in GullNet by the Cashiers Office before the start of classes and payment is due in full by the scheduled due date. If students register for classes after the tuition bills are sent, payment must be made in full no later than the day following registration.
If a student participates in early registration, either for the fall or the spring, a bill will be sent prior to the start of classes. This bill will be sent either in July or August for the fall semester, and either December or January for the spring semester, depending upon the date registered for classes. Payment in full must be received in the Cashiers Office by the due date or a $75.00 late fee will be assessed. If a student does not receive a billing statement at least one week prior to the due date, call the Cashiers Office at 410-543-6060. Non-receipt of the billing statement does not relieve the student of payment by the due date.
In addition to the semester bills, regular statements of account are also mailed monthly for charges incurred during the course of the semester, such as parking violations and library fines. To avoid late fees, please be sure the bill is always paid by the due date.
Note that parking fines and permits are posted to the student's account and should be paid directly to the Cashiers Office. Library fines are automatically posted to the student's account if not paid at the library within 30 days.
Payments are received and processed by the Cashiers Office daily. Normally, late payment fees are not cancelled. However, if there are special circumstances, the Cashiers Office Supervisor or the Accounts Receivable Director will consider cancellation of the penalty fees on an individual basis. Late fee appeals must be made in writing to either supervisor.
Students with past due balances (including delinquent payment plans) will not be permitted to register for future terms or receive transcripts. Past due balances include tuition, fees, room, meals, special course fees and other miscellaneous items (e.g., lost library books and fines, parking fines, lost athletic equipment, judicial fines). If your student account is past due, a Cashiers Hold will be placed on your account. Accounts that are past due from the original semester due date will be processed for collection.
As an agency of the State of Maryland, the University is required by state law to refer delinquent accounts to the State Central Collection Unit (SCCU). At the time of referral, a minimum 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 and federal law to intercept an individual's state and federal income tax refund to apply toward an outstanding debt. Also note that the SCCU has the authority to post delinquent accounts to credit bureaus any the time after the University refers the account to SCCU.
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