Tuition, fees, charges, and deposits | Spring 2020

The following information is not intended to be comprehensive and is subject to change based on 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 further clarification on any matter, contact the office or administrative unit from which the charge or refund originated, or consult the General Information Catalog online.

Securing Your Registration 

In order to secure your registration each semester by your deadline, please take one of the following actions on the My Tuition Bill site:

  • Make a payment
  • Click the "Pay with Financial Aid" button
  • Click the "Confirm Attendance" button

Once your registration is complete, you will see a sentence on the My Tuition Bill site in green which states "your registration is complete and your courses are secure”. If you do not see this, you still have action to take. If you do not complete your registration process by your deadline, your entire registration will be canceled and you may incur late registration fees when you re-register.

Any balance on the My Tuition Bill site must be paid in full. If a student opts for the installment plan, they must sign the installment note prior to taking any other action on their tuition bill. Payments must before each installment deadline.

If you have a zero amount due, you must either click the "Confirm Attendance" or "Pay with Financial Aid" button on the My Tuition Bill site by the payment deadline to complete your registration. Always remember, a zero bill does not mean zero responsibility. Failure to take action on your tuition bill by the deadline will result in canceled registration and denied University services.

Learn about our accepted methods of payment and our payment plans. If your registration is not complete by the steps described above by the payment due date, your registration will be canceled and you may incur a late registration fee to re-register.

Flat Rate Tuition for undergraduate students

The flat rate tuition for each college covers the tuition, mandatory fees and charges, and college and course incidental fees. It does not include the general property deposit, the international fees, 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. 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. Please note that this program is still flat rate tuition and is based on the number of hours a student enrolls in each semester. Initially, fixed tuition rates are 8% higher than traditional rates because they are based on the projected average of flat rate tuition over the next four years. The cost of tuition between the Traditional and Longhorn Fixed tuition rates is not the same. For a comparison of Longhorn Fixed and Traditional tuition rates, visit Student Accounts Receivable's Tuition and Fee Rates page. For more information and eligibility requirements, see the Longhorn Fixed Tuition website.  Students must enroll and/or un-enroll by the 12th class day (4th class day of a summer session) of their first semester in attendance to participate in Longhorn Fixed Tuition. Changes to a student’s tuition program cannot be changed after that date.

Students who do not enroll in the Longhorn Fixed Tuition program will default to Traditional flat rate tuition. After selecting classes, the student may view their tuition and fee bill at the My Tuition Bill site.

Flat Rate Tuition for graduate, law, and professional students

Graduate, law, and professional students are charged flat rate tuition for the college in which they are enrolled.  Each tuition rate covers the student's tuition, mandatory fees and charges, and college and course incidental fees. It does not include the general property deposit, the international fees, 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 on the Tuition and Fee Rates page. After selecting classes, the student may view their tuition and fee bill at the My Tuition Bill 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 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 their degree. In addition, universities are allowed to charge a higher tuition rate if a student enrolls again in a course they have completed. 

As of the current academic year, the University of Texas at Austin 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.

Tuition Exemptions

Tuition exemptions are issued only for the period in which a student is currently enrolled. Unless otherwise stated, applications must be submitted each semester no later than the date of Commencement at the end of the spring semester or the student’s official graduation date.

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, cumulatively, that a student may take and continue to receive awards through this program.

»  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. Tuition waivers are issued only for the period in which a student is currently enrolled. Unless otherwise stated, applications must be submitted each semester no later than the date of Commencement at the end of the spring semester or the student’s official graduation date.

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, cumulatively, that a student may take and continue to receive awards through this program.

»  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 Student Accounts Receivable Office.

» Available third-party billing

Fee Adjustments and Refunds

Refunds are applied to any current and outstanding debts owed to the University before becoming available to the student. 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.= (i.e. third-party billing)

Withdrawals

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, including adds and drops, as of the effective date of withdrawal and the amount of tuition that has been paid.

Students withdrawn by the University because of a returned check are assessed a $25 service charge and a $15 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 (i.e. no other fees are assessed).

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 Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) may be required to make full or partial repayment. Students should contact the OSFA for information regarding repayment obligations. Funds received through the Federal College Work-Study Program are not subject to repayment.

Student Accounts Receivable initiates refunds for all eligible students who submit approved withdrawal petitions to the Office of the Registrar (these refunds are issued no earlier than 30 days after the date the student paid the initial tuition 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.

Adding and Dropping Classes

Applicable charges for added classes must be paid by the end of the 12th class day in the fall and spring semesters and by the end of the 4th 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 12th class day. Refunds are mailed to the student’s local address or deposited into the account the student has designated if an electronic funds transfer authorization (EFT) is in effect. The student may contact Student Accounts Receivable to verify account information.

Tuition Rebates for certain undergraduates

Undergraduate students enrolled in the Traditional Tuition program may be eligible for a tuition rebate of up to $1,000, and students enrolled in the Longhorn Fixed Tuition program may be eligible for an additional $2,500 rebate.  Students are required to apply for a tuition rebate prior to graduation. For eligibility requirements, please see the tuition rebate web page.