Tuition and Financial Aid

As a state supported institution of higher education, The University of Texas at Dallas is required to comply with all state laws in the assessment and collection of tuition, fees, and deposits. The tuition, fees, and deposits listed herein are subject to change by state law. Pursuant to Chapter 54, Texas Education Code, each student who registers is required to pay tuition and fees appropriate to the student’s residence classification and according to the number of semester hours for which he or she has registered. It is the student’s responsibility to establish, prior to registration, the correct residence classification through the Office of the Registrar. Likewise, any student wishing to request a change of residence status for tuition purposes should do so through the Office of the Registrar. This will require completion of a residence questionnaire and the provision of documents to support the claim of Texas residency. Rules and regulations for determining residency, or for obtaining a waiver to pay resident tuition even if one is a non-resident, are found in Appendix III of this catalog. Final authority of appeal for review of residence decisions rests with the Office of the Registrar.

In accordance with state laws, students are not entitled to enter a class or laboratory until they have registered and all tuition, fees, and deposits have been paid. The University cannot accept personal checks for amounts in excess of the total registration cost.

The University of Texas at Dallas utilizes a consolidated tuition rate, which is capped at 15 semester credit hours for resident students. The consolidated tuition and fee rates cover all academic program costs; including tuition, mandatory fees, and most of the college and course incidental fees. Additional fees that will be charged separately are: field trip fees, supplemental designated tuition fees and distance education fees.

There are other fees, which may be required depending on classes taken and services used. (See “Other User Fees for Courses and Services” at

Beginning fall 2007, The University of Texas at Dallas introduced the Guaranteed Tuition Plan. The Guaranteed Tuition Plan is designed to help new students and their families better plan for the cost of a college education, while allowing the University to maintain the quality of its academic programs. Under the terms of the plan, undergraduate students enrolling at UT Dallas for the first time for the fall 2007, spring 2008 and summer 2008 semesters are charged for tuition and mandatory fees fixed at the fall 2007 rates for all succeeding semesters through the summer of 2011.

The cohort of new students who enrolled at UT Dallas in the 2008-09 academic year pay tuition and mandatory fees at a new rate which is also guaranteed for the following four years. The charges per semester credit hour for tuition and mandatory fees at UT Dallas depend on the number of hours for which a student enrolls. Other non-mandatory fees including, for example, parking, and housing fees, are subject to change. More information at

Students who enrolled at UT Dallas prior to fall 2007 are charged a different rate than the newly enrolled students. That rate remains subject to increase each year.

Those who begin their college careers at a community college will also be able to take advantage of UT Dallas’ Guaranteed Tuition Plan under a program called the Comet Connection. Students enrolling at participating two-year schools in the 2009-10 academic year can lock in the same fall 2009 rate for new students for the same four-year period as students who begin at UT Dallas. Students may contact UT Dallas’ Comet One-Stop office at (972) 883-2270 or go to for more information.

Students are not registered or eligible to attend classes until they have paid in full or signed payment arrangements with the Bursar for all tuition and fees. Students who do not pay a minimum of 35% of all tuition and fees by the payment deadline of the applicable semester’s class schedule may have their registration canceled. If a student’s registration has been canceled for nonpayment, and that student wishes to reinstate registration, a reinstatement fee in addition to any late fees and tuition and fees will be charged. See the online fee schedules at for fees associated with course reinstatement. No student will be reinstated in a closed course.

Students who have not completed the payment of all tuition and fees by the end of the semester will be subject to one or more of the following actions at the University’s option: bar against readmission at this institution; withholding of grades, degree, and official transcript; and all penalties and actions authorized by law.

Students may refer to the Academic Calendar at or the Tuition and Fees Schedule at for information regarding payment and refund deadlines.

Freshman Exemption

The highest-ranking graduate of any accredited high school in Texas is entitled to a tuition exemption. The exemption pays tuition for a period of two long semesters of academic work. Eligible students must present the Texas Education Agency eligibility certificate or a letter from the student’s high school principal or superintendent, to the Office of the Registrar in order to claim the exemption.

Installment Payments

Students may elect an installment plan to pay tuition and fees for the full term fall, spring, and eleven week summer semesters. The installment payment plan authorized under Section 54.007, Texas Education Code allows the student to pay their tuition and fee balance in three equal payments. A $25.00 fee per semester will be assessed each student who elects to pay by installments. Additionally, a late payment fee of $30.00 for delinquent payment will be assessed each time an installment is not paid by the date it is due.

Nonpayment of Debt

A student who fails to provide full payment of loans, tuition, and fees, including late fees assessed, to the University when the payments are due is subject to one or more of the following actions at the University’s option:

  • Classes may be cancelled;
  • Bar against registration and/or readmission to the institution;
  • Withholding of grades, diploma, and official transcript; and
  • All penalties and collection actions authorized by law.

Partial Tuition and Fee Exemptions

As a state sponsored institution of higher education in Texas, The University of Texas at Dallas is authorized to award partial tuition and/or fee exemptions to students who qualify. Exemptions are available to certain students who have been in foster or other residential care in the State of Texas or under the conservatorship of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, certain students who received Aid for Dependent Children benefits during their last year of public high school, certain students who are suffering economic hardship, Texas residents who graduated from a public high school within 36 months of original enrollment and completed all years of high school in Texas, certain residents of Texas who served in the armed forces of the United States, members of the state military forces; ROTC students; Texas residents classified by the U.S. Department of Defense as prisoners of war on or after January 1, 1999, children of POWs/MIAs, students from other nations of the western hemisphere, blind or deaf students, military personnel and dependents, children and spouses of disabled/deceased firefighters and peace officers, firefighters enrolled in Fire Science classes, children of Texas veterans, children of professional nursing faculty, preceptors for professional nursing education programs, surviving spouses and minor children of certain police, security or emergency personnel killed in the line of duty, and certified educational aides. Senior citizens who are age 65 or older as of Census Day may be exempted from tuition for up to six semester credit hours each semester or summer term if space is available. Texas has recently enacted a new law (Texas Education Code, Section 54.203 (b-2) by which dependent children (including stepchildren) of a member of the Armed Forces, who is a resident of Texas or is entitled to pay resident tuition, are exempt from paying, of resident tuition for any semester or other academic term during which the member of the Armed Forces is deployed on active duty for the purpose of engaging in a combative military operation outside the United States. Individuals who feel they may qualify under this section are requested to contact the Financial Aid Office at (972) 883-2941.

Rebate of Tuition for Timely Graduation

If you were a freshman who entered a Texas public college or university for the first time in the fall of 1997 or later, you may qualify for a $1,000 tuition rebate after you graduate. You must have been a resident of Texas, taken all your coursework at a Texas public institution of higher education, and been entitled to pay in-state tuition at all times while you were pursuing your degree. The law provides for the rebate if you graduate within three or fewer attempted hours of the number of hours required for your degree. For example, if your degree requires that you have 120 hours to graduate and you ultimately graduate with 123 attempted hours or fewer, you can qualify for the rebate. Attempted hours include every course for which you have registered, as of Census Day, for every semester, to include: developmental courses, courses you repeat, courses from which you withdraw, and credit you may receive by examination. Students must apply for the rebate in the Office of the Registrar at the beginning of the semester in which they apply for graduation. By law, refunds for students with outstanding student loans will be sent directly to the lender.

Tuition Tables

Tuition and fees are subject to change by legislative action. Changes in tuition or fees will be effective upon date of enactment and will be reflected in fees and tuition charged. Specific tuition and fees for each term can be found at Please note that the Texas Legislature does not set the specific amount for any particular student fee. The student fees assessed above are authorized by the state statute; however, the specific fee amounts and the determination to increase fees are made by the University administration and The University of Texas System Board of Regents. Students taking courses in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences may be required to purchase professional liability insurance if they are in certain clinical experiences. In accordance with Texas Education Code, Section 56.104, each student receives a separate statement explaining the amount of tuition that is required to be set aside to provide financial assistance for students enrolled at UT Dallas.