Frequently Asked Questions
With the university’s transition to online learning, we want to provide as much information and support as possible to our Longhorn community.
As part of the Fall 2020 planning process, the UT course schedule will continue to change as we head into the fall. These changes may affect the instructional mode, instructor, time or location of some classes. We strongly encourage you to review your course schedule regularly throughout the rest of the summer for additional updates.
Please feel free to contact us by email if you have additional questions.
If I did not accept the loans that were offered to me as part of my initial financial aid package, can I still apply for assistance? (May 7)
Yes, students who have not borrowed their full loan eligibility can still apply for funding. We encourage students to be aware of all funding opportunities available to them, including loans.
Is there a tuition discount for fall or spring semesters? (April 30)
No changes have been made to the fall and spring semester tuition rates. Tuition rates for fall and spring semesters are posted on the Texas One Stop website.
What is the summer semester tuition discount for non-Texas resident undergraduate students? (April 29)
The university has reduced summer online tuition in order to support continued learning and to help students remain on track toward their degrees. The new rate for undergraduate non-residents reflects a 25% reduction off of the fall/spring semester rates from the 2019-2020 academic year. The university is limited in the reduction amount since tuition is set by Texas Legislature, and varies by resident and non-resident. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board under authority of the legislature sets the non-resident rate annually.
What is the summer semester tuition discount for graduate and professional students? (April 28)
Graduate and professional student summer online tuition will remain unchanged at 85% of fall and spring rates. For information about additional financial support at the graduate and professional level, students are encouraged to contact Texas One Stop (or their college or school directly).
What is the summer semester tuition discount for Texas resident undergraduate students? (April 28)
The university has reduced summer online tuition in order to support continued learning and to help students remain on track toward their degrees. The new rate for undergraduate Texas residents (and students with in-state tuition waivers) reflects a 50% reduction off of the fall/spring semester rates for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Do I need to have my test scores (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, etc.) with me at my academic advising appointment? (April 22)
You should have any test scores sent to Testing Services, but it’s also helpful to gather all test scores and have them with you for your virtual advising appointment at orientation. If you don’t have all your scores, it’s not a problem. Your advisor can still work with you to plan out your course selections even if some of your scores are still pending. For additional information about online orientation and advising, please visit the Online Orientation FAQ.
Can students submit petitions directly to the Graduate School for in absentia registration? (April 15)
No. Petitions to register in absentia for summer 2020 must be submitted by students’ graduate advisers and thesis/dissertation supervisors to GradStudentSvcs@austin.utexas.edu. If you were on track to graduate in May, please contact them to request that they submit a petition to the Graduate School on your behalf.
What restrictions come with in absentia registration? (April 14)
Please be aware of restrictions that come with in absentia registration. Students registered in absentia are not technically enrolled and thus don’t have all the benefits of an enrolled student. Here are some of the relevant restrictions for students registered in absentia:
1.Their student IDs will be inactive, which may impact building access should campus reopen.
2.They will not be eligible for AI, TA, GRA employment. (These positions require enrollment and most come with tuition.)
3.They will not have access to UT libraries facilities and resources that require a UT ID.
4.International students will have to apply for OPT in the last semester they are enrolled (i.e. spring 2020, not summer 2020).
However, students registered in absentia may enroll in the AcademicBlue health insurance plan during summer 2020.
How can I petition to register in absentia for summer 2020? (April 14)
If you would like to petition to register in absentia for the summer semester, please contact your graduate adviser and thesis/dissertation supervisors. They will need to submit by email a short petition form with basic information and a signed affirmation that you were on-track to graduate in May. Also, we ask that advisers include the chapters of the written thesis/dissertation that have been completed thus far. For student petitions in the fine arts disciplines that would complete a recital, advisers may attach a project completion summary in lieu of the chapter materials. The cost to register in absentia is usually $25, but this fee will be waived this semester.
Will the Graduate School hold Spring Convocation ceremonies? (April 14)
Although the Graduate School’s in-person commencement ceremony has been postponed, we would like to celebrate graduating students’ accomplishments online this spring. Please join us along with your family, friends and community for an online message from the Graduate School on May 23. Graduates will have the opportunity to be recognized individually by name and have a photo displayed. If you apply to graduate in spring 2020, you will receive an email in the coming weeks with instructions on how to register. Please contact Danielle Thoma with any questions on virtual commencement.
Is Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit awarded based on the course level or student level (undergraduate or graduate)? (April 14)
The decision of Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit designations is based on the level of the student. If an undergraduate student is enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate level course, their option will be letter grade or Pass/Fail. If a graduate student is enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate level course, their option will be either letter grade or Credit/No Credit.
Can I transfer a course that was P/F from Spring 2020 from another university? (April 13)
Students applying for transfer admission to UT Austin from another institution, who complete a course with the grade of P/F (CR/NC or S/N depending on the institutional policies) during spring 2020, will not be penalized for lack of letter grades for that semester in the admission review process. In addition, students transferring to UT who completed prerequisite coursework, degree coursework, or core coursework for a P (or equivalent) at another institution in spring 2020, can have those transfer credits and prerequisite requirements applied to their UT Austin degree, in the same manner as an acceptable letter grade, due to the UT Austin temporary changes to educational policies, even if a letter grade would normally be required.
I registered for summer classes online. How is Summer 2020 going to be graded? (April 9)
Regular university grading will apply for the summer 2020 term, as designated upon enrollment in the course. Please see the general information catalog to confirm your registration and grading scale. Note that the Pass/Fail exception applies only for Spring 2020.