3. Registration, Fees, and Deposits
The tuition rates shown below are provisional. The Seventy-Eighth Legislature (2003) allowed the Board of Regents to set tuition rates; as a result, rates for spring and summer 2004 may be different from those described below. New information about tuition will be published by Student Accounts Receivable.
Texas residents: $92.00 per semester hour of credit
Nonresidents (out-of-state and international): $328.00 per semester hour of credit
Texas residents: $184.00 per semester hour of credit
Nonresidents (out-of-state and international): $656.00 per semester hour of credit
Texas residents: $138.00 per semester hour of credit
Nonresidents (out-of-state and international): $374.00 per semester hour of credit
Texas residents: $138.00 per semester hour of credit
Nonresidents (out-of-state and international): $610.00 per semester hour of credit
Texas residents: $286.00 per semester hour of credit
Nonresidents (out-of-state and international): $628.00 per semester hour of credit
Beginning in the fall 2002 semester, undergraduate students in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences will be charged a flat rate tuition. The flat rate tuition for each college will cover all of the student's academic program costs, including tuition, mandatory fees and charges, and all college and course incidental fees and charges for all courses taken. The flat rate tuition does not include any voluntary or optional fees that a student chooses. It also does not include the legislatively required, one-time, refundable new student general property deposit, the mandatory international student health insurance program fee, the international student services fee, the one-time international student orientation fee, or fees for extended field trips requiring students to live off campus.
The rates are different for the two colleges. The rates for 2003-2004, which reflect the different fee and charge structures in the two colleges, are shown in the tables below. The full-time student rate is based on a fourteen-hour per semester course load. There is no restriction on the number of hours a full-time student may take when registered at this rate, provided that registration beyond the maximum number of hours allowed under the quantity of work rule has been approved by the student's academic dean.
Flat rate tuition is being implemented as a pilot project authorized by the section 54.069 or the Texas Education Code and will continue for three years, through the 2004-2005 academic year. Each year, a new flat rate tuition will be determined for each college based on the level of tuition, mandatory fees and charges, and college and course incidental fees and charges in effect for that year.
Flat rate tuition schedule for 2003-2004
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 Appendix A. In the following circumstances, a student who is classified as a Texas resident may be charged nonresident tuition.
Undergraduates. Under section 61.0595 of the Texas Education Code, sometimes called the slacker law, students may be subject to the nonresident tuition rate if they enrolled in an institution of higher education for the first time in the fall semester 1999 or later and have attempted 45 or more semester hours beyond the minimum number of hours required for the proposed degree while classified for tuition purposes as Texas residents. Students who are not enrolled in a degree program are treated as if they were enrolled in a program that requires a minimum of 120 semester hours.
When this catalog was published, procedures to support implementation of the statute were under development.
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 54.066 of the Texas Education Code. More information about the ninety-nine-hour rule is published on-line and is available from the Office of Graduate Studies at (512) 471-4511.
Every student who registers, unless registered in absentia, pays the following fees:
The Barbara Jordan and Cesar Chavez statue fee of $2.00 a semester or summer session will fund the construction of statues of Barbara Jordan and Cesar Chavez. Any excess money will be used to establish student scholarships.
The Gregory Gymnasium renovation fee, not to exceed $1.90 per semester hour of credit ($.95 per semester credit hour for a six-week summer term), defrays the cost of financing, renovating, operating, maintaining, and improving Gregory Gymnasium.
The health services building fee of $8.00 a semester or summer session finances the replacement of the Student Health Center building. The fee for the nine-week summer term is $6.00; for a six-week term, $4.00.
The information technology fee of $12.00 a semester credit hour provides student access to systems of instructional computing and information technology services.
The international education fee of $3.00 a semester or summer session funds a financial assistance program for eligible students participating in international study programs or student exchanges. The fee for the nine-week summer term is $2.25; for a six-week term, $1.50.
The library fee of $12.00 a semester credit hour defrays the cost of purchasing library materials, expanding on-line information resources, and improving library hours and other services for students.
The medical services fee of $62.48 a semester or summer session covers part of the cost of providing medical services at University Health Services. The fee for the nine-week summer term is $46.86; for a six-week term, $31.24.
The recreational sports fee of $20.00 a semester or summer session defrays the cost of financing, constructing, operating, maintaining, and improving recreational sports facilities and programs. The fee for the nine-week summer term is $15.00; for a six-week term, $10.00.
The registration fee of $7.00 a semester or summer session defrays the cost of touch-tone technology and Web services.
The student services fee covers all or part of the cost of (a) the Counseling and Mental Health Center; and (b) the following services: the Cactus yearbook; Campus and Community Involvement; Counseling, Learning, and Career Services; the Daily Texan; the Designated Driver Program; the Division of Recreational Sports; the Forensics Program; the Graduate Students' Assembly; KVRX student radio; KVR student television; Legal Services for Students; the Marine Science Institute Graduate Students Association; the Multicultural Information Center; the ombudsman; Retention Services; the Senate of College Councils; Services for Students with Disabilities; shuttle bus service; the Student Child Care Center; Student Government; the Student Services Fee Committee; Texas Travesty humor magazine; and the Volunteer Center.
The following amounts are charged each semester or summer session; the Counseling and Mental Health Center fee is prorated for the six- and nine-week summer terms.
The student services building fee of $1.10 per semester credit hour finances the construction, repair, maintenance, renovation, improvement, or replacement of a student services building. The fee is $.83 per semester credit hour for the nine-week summer term and $.55 per semester credit hour for a six-week summer term.
The Texas Union fee of $42.72 a semester or summer session entitles the student to use Union facilities and supports debt retirement of bonds used for renovation of the Union Building. The fee for the nine-week summer term is $32.04; for a six-week term, $21.36.
A general property deposit of $10.00 is assessed every student in the first semester of enrollment to help offset the cost of property loss or damage and nonpayment of any University billing. The deposit, less outstanding charges, is returned on request when the student leaves the University with no intention to return. Applications for refund are available in Student Accounts Receivable, Main Building 4. A general property deposit that remains without request for refund for four years from the date of the student's last attendance at the University is forfeited to the Student Property Deposit Scholarships. A student who does not plan to reenroll at the University and wishes to assign his or her property deposit to a student organization or to the University for a specific purpose may request that the refund, issued payable to the student, be mailed to the assignee. Arrangements for the endorsement of the refund check must be made by the student and the assignee.
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