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December 13, 2016

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal

New updates to the SAP I workshop beginning Spring 2017.

Learn more here 

October 7, 2016

2017-2018 FAFSA Now Available

You can now fill out your FAFSA for 2017-2018. Learn more here

Fall 2016 Semester

When Fall 2016 Disbursement will Commence

First Disbursements for Fall 2016 awarded financial aid is scheduled to commence the week of   September, 19 2016 and continue into the week of September, 26 2016. Disbursement for entire student population is not a one-time event but a process in which the Office of Financial Aid must review enrollment status for the entire student population (enrollment verification process) before disbursing state, federal, and institution aid.

Reason for Delayed Disbursement

First Disbursement for Fall 2016 was scheduled to begin on September, 12 2016. Disbursement did not occur as originally scheduled, due to the institutional decision to extend the add/drop date, which officially concludes on Friday September, 16, 2016.

The Financial Aid Office can only disburse awarded Financial Aid after enrollment verification has been completed and the process to begin enrollment verification is predicated upon confirmation that student have completed registering for classes.

Importance of Enrollment Verification

Office of Financial Aid awards all aid initially on full-time status. Bowie State University students also initially enroll as full-time students. During add/drop period, students change enrollment status from full-time to part-time or part-time to full-time. It is therefore important to review enrollment status of students so that if any adjustment has to be made on awarded financial aid, this is completed before the aid is disbursed and credit balance issued to student. Enrollment verification is federal regulation and requirement before disbursement.

Master Promissory Notes and Loan Entrance Counseling

To avoid any delay in disbursing Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized and Parent PLUS loans:

  • Students are encouraged to complete Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Master Promissory notes by Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
  • If parent applied for Parent PLUS loan, parents are encouraged to complete PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note by Tuesday, September 27, 2016. 

Contact Office of Financial Aid with any additional question at or 301-860-3540

Bowie State University is delighted to offer you information about financial assistance. Our office is located in the Henry Administration Building, Suite 1100. Our regular office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can reach us by telephone at 301-860-3540, or send us an email at

The process of applying for aid can seem complicated and time consuming, and we want to make it a pleasant experience for you. Our site includes an overview of the aid programs offered at the University and how to apply. Financial aid policies may change because of federal regulations or University decisions; therefore, some information on this site may change.

We look forward to helping you meet your educational goals and wish you success.