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Office of Financial Aid

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2017-18 Sequester Changes to Title IV Programs

Learn about new changes affecting subsidized and unsubsidized loan fees

It’s that time again - time to file your 2018-2019 FAFSA!

  • For students attending college in 2018-2019 (Fall 2018/Spring 2019) the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available beginning October 1
  • Student/parent(s) will use 2016 income information to complete the application
  • Don’t forget to BSU’s school code 0020620 

Note: We recommend the use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which allows for automatic transfer of federal tax return data, and helps cut down on errors while greatly reducing your chances of being selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education.

Fall 2017 Semester

Fall 2017 Disbursements

First Disbursements for Fall 2017 financial aid is scheduled to begin the week of September 11, 2017 and will continue as an ongoing process This process involves the Office of Financial Aid reviewing enrollment status and ensuring all federal guidelines are met before disbursing state, federal, and institution aid.

Importance of Enrollment Verification

The Office of Financial Aid awards all aid based on being full-time (12 or more credits).During the add/drop period, students often change their enrollment status. The Office of Financial Aid must review enrollment to ensure that correct award amounts are offered and disbursed to students. If any adjustments are required due to changes in enrollment and initial awards, this is completed before the aid is disbursed and refunds are issued. This process ensures that all federal guidelines related to disbursing federal, state and institutional aid are met.

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 the Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Master Promissory and Entrance Counseling by September 6, 2017 at
  • Parent who are receiving Parent PLUS loans are encouraged to complete the PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note and if applicable Entrance Counseling by September 6, 2017 at

Additional questions can be sent to or you may contact us at 301-860-3540

Bowie State University is dedicated to offering  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 as we are committed to providing you the most current information .

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