Financial Aid

Connect With the Office of Financial Aid

Get all the info you need to plan ahead for your college experience at Bowie State. Begin a conversation with your family around financial planning as soon as you can.

On this page, you will find important application dates, types of aid, and where to begin with your FAFSA application. Our team is here to guide you toward financial wellness and explore what options are suitable for your specific financial aid needs. Connect with us to get started.

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Important Financial Aid Deadlines

October 1: FAFSA — This typically opens in early fall. The FAFSA is the federal application U.S. students submit to receive financial aid. Visit the FAFSA page here.

December 1 - February 15: Private Scholarships and Grants. By completing one application, which is open from Dec 1 - Feb. 15, students have access to an array of scholarships – each with its own set of criteria for consideration. Explore Bowie State scholarships here.

March 1: Institutional Need-Based Funds — You may be eligible for additional aid if your application demonstrates financial need. Bowie State provides “in-house” (or “institutional”) need-based financial aid for eligible applicants, and this is the deadline to apply for it. 

June 1: Maryland State Programs — If you’re applying to colleges as a resident of the state of Maryland, your aid application is due by June 1. Find Maryland scholarships on their page here.

Types of Financial Aid

You may be eligible for many different types of aid. While grants are public-sponsored, some aid resources, such as loans and scholarships, are made available by private groups and involve some research. Read our aid guide below.

Explore scholarship resources at Bowie State here — Scholarships are usually rewarded based on your area of study, academic merit, or skill set. They typically don’t require repayment and are awarded as part of a university-sponsored program, though you can find scholarships from any number of organizations or websites. At Bowie State, your undergraduate application includes automatic scholarship consideration, which means one less application to fill out!

Grow Your Financial Literacy With Us

Financial literacy is knowing how different decisions will impact your budget. It helps you assess risk and plan for large upcoming expenses, like paying for college. 

We’re here to get you on the right track — and you’re already taking steps to improve your financial wellness by staying informed. Our assistance provides you with the tools to make sound investments. Contact our office to learn more.

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Receive more financial planning resources, whether you’re a current or prospective student.

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VA Yellow Ribbon

Take advantage of the Yellow Ribbon program, which provides aid for eligible admitted students through a section of the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Your application for the VA Yellow Ribbon starts to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Learn more about the process.

Student Freedom Initiative

The Student Freedom Initiative is a single-purpose nonprofit organization that empowers Bowie State students to achieve freedom by increasing their social and economic mobility.

Break Down Financial Aid 

Our library of videos feature up-to-date details on everything from how to get started on financial aid to how to manage your payments.

Tuition and Fees

Find the costs for in-state and out-of-state tuition from the previous year, including estimates for books, travel, housing, and more.

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