The tuition charged is in part dependent on the amount of state support received by the institution. In the early 1970s the state paid for nearly 85 percent of the cost of running the educational side of The University of Texas at Austin. Today, the state-appropriated fraction of the total budget for UT Austin is below 20 percent. The growing gap between what it costs to run the university and what the state is able to contribute has been covered in part by private donations, efficiency and other actions taken by the university. However, if the university is to maintain delivery of the quality of education for which it has become known, it determined it had to ask the students attending the university to pay for an increasing share of that gap. The University of Texas at Austin's tuition places it well below tuition at comparable universities, and the university continues to be a nationally recognized great value in higher education.
Undergraduate Student Costs
Traditional Flat Tuition Rate for Full-time Undergraduates
Note: For undergraduate pharmacy rates, consult the table for Graduate Tuition Rates 2015-16 [PDF].
Details about Undergraduate Tuition Costs
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Graduate Student Costs
Graduate, law and professional students will be charged flat rate tuition beginning fall 2008. As with undergraduates, 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.
The graduate flat rate tuition, however, will differ from the undergraduate flat rate tuition in that it is indexed to the number of semester credit hours taken. In other words, the rates do not have a cap.
The graduate flat rate tuition 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 will be charged a flat rate tuition that is proportional to the number of hours taken in each program. Rates for these dual-degree programs (PDF) are available online.
Details about Graduate Tuition Costs
During the summer session, coursework is less expensive than during the long sessions.
For all students, the rule is that coursework taken during the summer will cost 85 percent of what the same coursework would have cost during the long sessions. For example, for an undergraduate in Liberal Arts paying resident tuition, the following table compares the cost for three and six hours:
Historical Tuition Costs - Traditional Tuition
Average Total Academic Cost for Resident Undergraduates Enrolled
Tuition Charts Over the Years