Tuition, fees, charges, and deposits | Summer 2017

The following information is not intended to be comprehensive and is subject to change. Tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by administrative, legislative, or regental action, and changes become effective on the date enacted. The following information should be used only as a guideline for estimating costs. For clarification of any matter relating to payment or refund of tuition, fees, charges, and deposits, contact the office or administrative unit from which the charge or refund originated, or consult the General Information catalog online.

A student must complete their registration process by the tuition deadline by making a payment, paying with financial aid, or confirming attendance if the amount due is zero. Registrations that are not completed by the payment deadline will be canceled, and students will not have access to University services.

Flat rate tuition for undergraduate students

The flat rate tuition for each college covers the student’s academic program costs, including tuition, mandatory fees and charges, and college and course incidental fees. It does not include the general property deposit, the international student health insurance program fee, the international student orientation fee, the independent study and research fee, or fees for extended trips that require students to live off campus.

The flat rates are based on the average per-hour charges for tuition and fees previously paid by students in each college. Because fees previously varied, flat rate tuition varies by college. There is no restriction on the number of hours a full-time student may take when registered at the full-time rate, as long as the student complies with the quantity of work rule given in the General Information catalog.

Students who pursue simultaneous majors in more than one college are charged the higher of the two colleges’ rates.

Longhorn Fixed Tuition is an optional tuition program only available to undergraduate students enrolling at The University of Texas at Austin for the first time. For four consecutive academic years students will pay a fixed tuition rate each semester. Fixed tuition rates are based on the projected average of flat rate tuition over the next four years. For a comparison of Longhorn Fixed and Traditional tuition rates, go to the tuition calculator.  As with traditional flat rate tuition, the fixed tuition amount will vary depending on the school the student is enrolled in as well as the number of hours the student is enrolled. For more information and eligibility requirements, see the Longhorn Fixed Tuition website.

Flat rate tuition for each college is available in PDF format on Student Accounts Receivable's Tuition and Fee Rates page under the Undergraduate Flat-Rate Tuition link and the Undergraduate Longhorn Fixed Tuition link. After selecting classes, the student may view his or her tuition and fee bill at the Student Accounts Receivable site.

Flat rate tuition for graduate, law, and professional students

Graduate, law, and professional students have been charged flat rate tuition since fall 2008. The flat rate tuition for each college covers the student's academic program costs, including tuition, mandatory fees and charges, and college and course incidental fees, and is indexed to the number of credit hours taken. It does not include the general property deposit, the international student health insurance program fee, the international student orientation fee, the independent study and research fee, or fees for extended trips that require students to live off campus.

Students enrolled in joint degree programs are charged a flat rate tuition that is proportional to the number of hours taken in each program.

Flat rate tuition for each college is available in PDF format on the Tuition and Fee Rates page under the Graduate and Professional Tuition link. After selecting classes, the student may view his or her tuition and fee bill at the Student Accounts Receivable site.

Nonresident tuition for resident students

Because the University is a state-assisted institution, tuition rates are lower for Texas-resident students than for nonresidents, including both out-of-state and international students. (Rules affecting residency are given in "Residency Regulations" in the "Admissions" section of the General Information catalog.) In the following circumstances, a student who is classified as a Texas resident may be charged nonresident tuition.

Undergraduates. State law allows colleges and universities to charge a Texas-resident undergraduate the nonresident tuition rate if the student has attempted an excessive number of hours beyond the number required for his or her degree. In addition, a higher tuition rate may be charged if a student enrolls again in a course he or she has completed. 

As of the current academic year, the University does not charge undergraduates additional tuition for an excessive number of hours or for repeated courses.

Graduate students. A student who has earned more than ninety-nine semester hours of credit at the doctoral level is subject to the nonresident tuition rate, even if the student is a Texas resident or holds an appointment that would normally entitle the holder to pay resident tuition. This policy, sometimes called the Ninety-Nine Hour rule, is authorized by section 54.012 of the Texas Education Code. More information about charges for excessive graduate coursework is available online from the Office of Graduate Studies  or via phone at (512) 471-4511.

Tuition Exemptions

Tuition exemptions are issued only for the period in which a student is currently enrolled; therefore, unless otherwise stated, applications must be submitted no later than the date of Commencement at the end of the spring semester or the official graduation date at the end of the summer session or fall semester.

Senate Bill 1210 (83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) adds a Grade Point Average requirement for persons to receive continuation awards through the program. The Bill also establishes a Limit to the Total Number of Hours, cumulative, that a student may take and continue to receive awards through this program. These changes went into effect in Fall 2014.

»  Available exemptions

Tuition Waivers

A waiver allows for a portion of a student’s tuition not to be paid. The student is responsible for payment of the remaining tuition not covered by the waiver. Waivers are issued only for the period in which a student is currently enrolled; therefore, applications must be submitted no later than the date of Commencement at the end of the spring semester or the official graduation date at the end of the summer session or fall semester.

Senate Bill 1210 (83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) adds a Grade Point Average requirement for persons to receive continuation awards through the program. The Bill also establishes a Limit to the Total Number of Hours, cumulative, that a student may take and continue to receive awards through this program. These changes went into effect in Fall 2014.

»  Available waivers

Third-Party Billing

Agencies outside the University may set up third-party billing arrangements that pay all or part of a student’s tuition bill. The student is responsible for any amount not covered by the third party. Arrangements must be made in advance with the Special Billing Office, Main Building 4.

» Available third-party billing

Fee adjustments

Refunds are applied to any current and outstanding debts owed to the University. Section 54.006(d) of the Texas Education Code requires that the University refund tuition and fees paid by a sponsor, donor, or scholarship to the source, rather than directly to the student, if the funds were made available through the University.

Refunds for students withdrawing from the University

Students who withdraw from the University receive a refund of a percentage of their tuition. The percentage varies according to the student’s effective withdrawal date:

Long session and summer session: whole-session classes.

official withdrawal date

percentage refunded

prior to the first class day

100 percent less $15 matriculation fee

during the first five class days

80 percent

during the second five class days

70 percent

during the third five class days

50 percent

during the fourth five class days

25 percent

after the fourth five class days

none

Summer session: first-term, second-term, and nine-week classes.

official withdrawal date

percentage refunded

prior to the first class day

100 percent less $15 matriculation fee

during the first, second, or third class day

80 percent

during the fourth, fifth, or sixth class day

50 percent

after the sixth class day

none

Withdrawal refunds are based on the student’s schedule on the effective date of withdrawal; adds and drops are included in the calculation. In some cases, a student may receive two refund checks, one based on dropped courses and one based on withdrawal percentages for remaining courses.

Students withdrawn by the University because of a returned check are assessed a $25 service charge and a matriculation fee. A student withdrawn by the University for scholastic reasons, class cancelations, or other reasons receives a full refund of fees paid that semester; the matriculation fee is not charged.

A student who withdraws as a result of being called to active military service may choose to receive a refund of tuition and fees. For further information please check the General Information catalog.

A student who withdraws after receiving any cash payment from the Office of Financial Aid may be required to make full or partial repayment. Funds received through the Federal College Work-Study Program are not subject to repayment. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid for information regarding repayment obligations at http://finaid.utexas.edu/.

Student Accounts Receivable initiates refunds for all eligible students who submit approved withdrawal petitions to the Office of the Registrar. A refund is issued no earlier than thirty days after the date the student paid the initial tuition and fee bill. The refund is mailed to the student’s local address or deposited into the account the student has designated if an electronic funds transfer authorization is in effect. Additional information can be found in the General Information catalog.

Adjustments for added and dropped classes

Applicable charges for added classes must be paid by the end of the twelfth class day in the fall and spring semesters and by the end of the fourth class day in the summer. Nonpayment of tuition for added classes will result in the cancelation of the student's entire registration. Students can determine the amount owed by visiting the My Tuition Bill site.

A full refund of tuition overpayment will be issued if a class is dropped within the following time frames: (1) during the first twelve class days in a fall or spring semester; (2) during the first twelve class days of a whole-session class in the summer session; or (3) during the first four class days of a first-term, second-term, or nine-week class in the summer session. No refunds are made for classes dropped after these dates. Tuition bills are recalculated and refunds, if applicable, are issued the week after the drop period ends. Refunds are mailed to the student’s local address or deposited into the account the student has designated if an electronic funds transfer authorization is in effect. The student may contact Student Accounts Receivable at (512) 475-7777 to verify account information.

Tuition rebates for certain undergraduates

An undergraduate may be eligible for a tuition rebate of up to $1,000 if, at graduation, he or she has attempted no more than three semester hours beyond the minimum number of hours required for the degree. Eligibility requirements are given in the General Information catalog. Students apply for the tuition rebate at their dean’s office when they apply for graduation.