The Falcon Tuition Guarantee

No Tuition Increases!

With the Falcon Tuition Guarantee, you know from the start how much your education will cost. Your tuition rate will stay the same from your first year to graduation.*

We know paying for college can be a daunting task. That is why BGSU is offering tuition protection with the Falcon Tuition Guarantee. It’s just another way we’re keeping costs down and quality high so you’ll have access to a life-changing education.

*Maximum four-academic year period is guaranteed.

At public universities from 2010 to 2016 the average tuition increased 12%.

BGSU is the most affordable among top-quality colleges in Ohio according to Business Insider magazine.

The Falcon Tuition Guarantee provides all undergraduate, first time students and their families the certainty that tuition, room and board, out-of-state surcharge, special purpose fees, and course and class fees will not increase over the four academic years at BGSU. The Falcon Tuition Guarantee provides transparency and predictability about the cost of attending BGSU.

For undergraduate first time students, the four academic years of The Falcon Tuition Guarantee includes twelve consecutive semesters, four fall, four spring and four summer semesters. The four-academic year period is guaranteed regardless of enrollment status (full, part-time or not enrolled). 

Beginning with the 2018 – 2019 academic year, The Falcon Tuition Guarantee will apply to undergraduate first-time students—both Ohio and non-Ohio resident first-year, transfer (see Are Transfer Students Eligible), or international students who enroll in a degree seeking program at BGSU’s Main Campus.

The program covers Tuition (Instructional and General Fee), room and board, special purpose fees, and course and class fees.

All other fees, fines, and costs related to attending Bowling Green State University not specifically identified as part of The Falcon Tuition Guarantee are excluded from the guaranteed Cohort price and are subject to price change.  These exclusions include, but are not limited to, parking permits, workshops, student health insurance, international student service fee, Fly Program fee, Optional Fees (legal, green & media), and course and class fees for high cost programs (travel, aviation, program fees, study abroad).  While such costs are excluded, Bowling Green State University will seek to limit increases to the extent feasible.

Final Tuition and General Fees have not yet been determined by the Board of Trustees for Fall 2018. 

First-time students are assigned to a Cohort (group) based on the semester in which the student first enrolls as a degree seeking student.  Each academic year contains one fall semester Cohort and one spring semester Cohort.

Yes. Housing (Room) and Meal Plans (Board) are also fixed for each Cohort. Students pay a fee based on the housing and meal plan selected. If a student chooses a different residential or meal plan option after enrolling, the charge will be based on the Cohort rates set at the time of initial enrollment.

The tuition rate is guaranteed for four years.  However, full time students who enroll in more than 18 credit hours in a semester will pay additional tuition at the Cohort surcharge rate for every additional credit hour over 18 credit hours per semester.  Part-time students pay instructional fees on a pro-rated, per credit hour basis at their Cohort rate.

Yes. Summer semesters are included in the twelve consecutive semesters.  However, Winter session is charged separately based on the guaranteed Cohort per-credit hour rate.

Students who do not complete their undergraduate degree requirements within their Cohort period will automatically be placed into the Cohort that went into effect the year after their assigned Cohort (Cohort +1). The student will remain in that Cohort for up to one year and if still enrolled after that Cohort expires, will be placed into the next Cohort (Cohort +2) for the next year and so on until the student is no longer enrolled.

Students who for circumstances beyond their control cannot finish within their Cohort period may appeal to have their Falcon Tuition Guarantee Cohort period extended.  Circumstances include medical withdrawal and military service.  If a student is unable to graduate on time due solely to a documented lack of course availability, the University will provide the necessary course or courses to the student tuition-free.

Yes. Summer semesters are included in the twelve consecutive semesters.  However, Winter session is charged separately based on the guaranteed Cohort per-credit hour rate.

First-time students entering a degree program during a spring semester will pay the rate in effect for that academic year for twelve consecutive semesters.

First-time students who first enroll at BGSU in the summer semester or winter session will pay the newest Cohort rate for that semester, but will be assigned to the entering semester Cohort that immediately follows.

These rates will also be fixed for the Cohort period. Course and Class Fees for high cost programs such as travel, aviation, program fees, study abroad and other high cost, pass through program fees are not included in The Falcon Tuition Guarantee.

No, textbooks are not included in The Falcon Tuition Guarantee.

All other charges, including but not limited to, parking permits, service charges, fines, workshops, student health insurance, international student service fee, Fly Program fee, Optional Fees (legal, green & media), course and class fees for high cost programs (travel, aviation, program fees, study abroad) are excluded from The Falcon Tuition Guarantee Plan.  Fees associated with voluntary extracurricular activities similar to learning communities or student organizations and clubs are also excluded from The Falcon Tuition Guarantee Plan.

No.  Students enrolled prior to Summer 2018 are not included in the Falcon Tuition Guarantee Plan.

Students will continue to be permitted to enroll in courses on both the Main and Firelands campuses during the same academic term, and tuition for these courses will continue to be based on the student’s primary campus.  Students enrolled primarily on the Main Campus under The Falcon Tuition Guarantee will pay tuition based on The Falcon Guarantee rate for all courses no matter the campus up to the full-time rate (12 credit hours for any courses enrolled on either the Main or Firelands campuses.  Students whose campus of registration is Firelands will pay Firelands Campus tuition.

If four academic years have not elapsed since they first enrolled, students relocating from the Firelands Campus to the Main Campus will be assigned to a Cohort based on the date they first enrolled on the Firelands Campus.  If four or more academic years have elapsed, the relocating student is assigned to the oldest unexpired Cohort on the Main Campus.

Yes. All transfer students are eligible to participate in The Falcon Tuition Guarantee and will be assigned to the Cohort of the semester in which they enroll.

Students transferring from one of Ohio’s public community or technical colleges will be assigned to the lowest unexpired Cohort for the remainder of that Cohort.  The Cohort will be designated based on the earliest date of enrollment as a full-time undergraduate student at the qualifying institution.


Students who enroll as part-time, degree-seeking undergraduates will pay a pro-rated per-credit rate based on The Falcon Tuition Guarantee rate.  Students receive four academic years (twelve consecutive semesters) at The Falcon Tuition Guarantee rate whether they are enrolled part-time or full-time.

The Falcon Tuition Guarantee is not available to non-degree-seeking students.  This includes conditionally admitted students such as students enrolled in College Credit Plus, incoming exchange students and other students participating in other pre-enrollment or postsecondary option programs.  However, at the point in time you become a full time student, you will be assigned to the appropriate Cohort group.

Students who officially withdraw from all of their BGSU semester courses can retain their original Cohort rate if they re-enroll the next semester; however, the semester does count as one of the of the twelve consecutive semesters at The Falcon Tuition Guarantee rate.

When the student re‐enrolls, if the Cohort period has not lapsed since the student’s initial degree-seeking enrollment, then the student can retain her or his original Cohort rate for the balance of the Cohort period. If four or more academic years have passed, then the re‐enrolling student is assigned to the oldest unexpired Cohort.

Yes. First-time degree-seeking international students will benefit from The Falcon Tuition Guarantee.

The Falcon Tuition Guarantee is available only to undergraduate students.

No. The Falcon Tuition Guarantee is available only to degree-seeking, first-time students.  However, at the point in time you become admitted as a full time student, you will be assigned to the appropriate Cohort group.

Students studying abroad will retain their original Cohort tuition rate. However, the semesters in which you are enrolled in these programs count toward your twelve-semester total.

Yes, following the completion and graduation from a BGSU undergraduate program, students may enroll in graduate level coursework for designated programs offered at their guaranteed undergraduate tuition rate until their Cohort period expires.  Following the expiration of their original Cohort, tuition for graduate level coursework will be assessed at the current BGSU Main Campus Graduate rate applicable to the program of study.