99 Hour Rule


The "99 hour rule" refers to the implementation of Senate Bill 961, passed by the Seventy-fifth Legislature.  It is the rule that students at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) with over 99 doctoral hours may be subject to the payment of nonresident tuition.

Effect on Graduate Students Enrolled Before August 1999

In their meeting on November 11-12, 1998, the regents approved UT Austin's request to apply the "99 hour rule" only to students entering graduate school in fall 1999 (when a new catalog came into effect) or later.  For that reason the rule will not affect students who enrolled before August 1999.  So if you enrolled before August 1999, then in future semester you will not be automatically subject to nonresident tuition as a result of earning more than 99 doctoral hours.

Effect on Graduate Students Entering in Fall 1999 or Later

Texas residents, and nonresidents who normally would be entitled to pay resident tuition by virtue of work appointments or fellowships, might wonder whether they will be affected by the 99 hour rule (i.e., whether they will reach the point at which the payment of nonresident tuition becomes mandatory).  For most students, the answer is "no."  A student will be able to study at UT Austin full-time for seven complete academic years, including summers, before being affected by the 99 hour rule.  For students staying beyond seven years, in a number of cases there is still the possibility of a programmatic or individual exemption from the rule.

Questions can be addressed to Associate Dean Dean Neikirk, The Graduate School, The University of Texas at Austin,110 Inner Campus Drive Stop G0400, Austin, TX 78712-1710.  (Phone:  512-232-3634 or email neikirk@mail.utexas.edu )


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