Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I determine Texas residency? (January 14)
Texas law classifies each person who applies for admission to a Texas public college or university as:
- A resident of Texas;
- A nonresident; or
- A foreign (international) student.
How you’re classified is important because it determines whether you pay non-resident tuition rates or Texas resident rates, which are lower. Being a Texas resident also qualifies you to apply for financial aid awarded by the state. You can find detailed information about determining residency here.
What if I’m part of a Texas Pre-Paid Tuition Plan? (January 14)
- The plans pay for tuition only; the student is responsible for all other fees.
- Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan (TGTP) students must provide a copy of the membership ID card to Student Accounts Receivable the first semester they enroll at The University of Texas at Austin. Students in their senior year will need to provide proof of remaining hours in their plan.
- TGTP ID cards can be emailed to: email@example.com (please include your UT EID in the email)
- Texas Tuition Promise Fund (TTPF) plan purchasers must authorize use of the benefits at least three weeks prior to the payment due date each semester at https://www.texastuitionpromisefund.com/. Purchasers should enter the student’s EID as the “Student’s ID” and The University of Texas at Austin as the “Name of the University/College.”
- If the amount due is zero, the student must complete registration by clicking the “Confirm Attendance” button on the My Tuition Bill website no later than 5:00 p.m. on the due date or their registration will be canceled.
How do I pay tuition from my 529 college savings plan? (January 14)
- Account owners must submit a request for payment from the 529 Plan Administrator.
- Allow up to three weeks for the payment to be credited to the student’s account.
- The payment must be received and posted to the student’s account no later than 5:00 p.m. on the payment due date. Failure to meet this deadline will result in your student’s registration being canceled.
- All checks should be made payable to “The University of Texas at Austin” and must include the student’s name and EID.
- Mailing address, including overnight delivery instructions, is available at: https://financials.utexas.edu/sar/non-tuition-payments
Where can I mail a payment? (January 14)
- Make checks payable to: The University of Texas at Austin
- Include the student’s name and EID on the check
- All payments must be drawn on a bank within the United States of America
- It is critical that you do not mail a payment to the commercial courier address through the US Postal Service
Any payment using the US Postal Service (including express mail):
The University of Texas at Austin
Student Accounts Receivable
P.O. Box 7398
Austin, TX 78713-7398
Any payment sent through a commercial courier such as FedEX, UPS, and DHL:
The University of Texas at Austin
Student Accounts Receivable; K5308
110 Inner Campus Drive; MAI 4
Austin, TX 78712
Can I pay my tuition in installments? (January 14)
Yes, tuition can be paid in three installments during the fall and spring semesters.
- The student must electronically sign a promissory note by clicking on the “Installment Plan Note” link on the My Tuition Bill website in UT Direct before a partial payment will be accepted.
- The first payment is approximately half of the total tuition; it is the smaller of the two amounts showing on My Tuition Bill, and includes a non-refundable $15.00 installment fee.
Tuition installments are not available for summer semesters.
When is my tuition due? (January 14)
The payment deadline is shown on each student’s My Tuition Bill page. Once there, log into the system using your EID. Payment is due before 5:00 p.m. of the day of the listed deadline or your registration will be canceled.
What are the benefits of traditional flat rate tuition? (January 14)
Flat rate tuition allows a more transparent pricing structure. Students know in advance how much their cost of education will be for any number of semester credit hours taken because there is only one tuition bill line item—flat rate tuition.
Additionally, flat rate tuition instills public accountability as total academic costs are the flat rate tuition amounts. Increases in educational costs are seen in flat tuition rates only, and not in numerous college and course fees as was the case with the previous billing structure.
Flat rate tuition also allows full load undergraduate students to take more semester course hours and not be charged an additional amount. This can reduce time to graduation, which reduces the total education costs for students and their families. This program has increased the number of hours that students take and has helped increase graduation rates.
Why are the traditional flat rate tuition amounts different for each college? (January 14)
Specific college and course services are factored into the flat rate tuition amounts. The individual college flat rate tuition amounts vary based upon the costs associated with materials or services provided in each college. View charts of flat rate tuition amounts.
Does it cost undergraduates more to take more hours? (January 14)
The flat rate tuition amount for a full load undergraduate student is a fixed amount. The cost for any hours above 12 is the same for undergraduates. Therefore, it does not cost more to take more semester credit hours.
How does traditional undergraduate flat rate tuition work? (January 14)
Undergraduate flat rate is based on the student’s major, residency status and the first semester the student was enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin. Tuition for one to seven hours is indexed to the number of semester credit hours taken. There is one rate for eight to 11 credit hours and a fixed rate for 12 or more credit hours.
What does flat rate tuition cover? (January 14)
The flat rate tuition amount covers academic program costs, including tuition, mandatory fees and charges, and college and course incidental fees.
Will the tuition charged under the guaranteed rate plan be affected? (January 14)
Longhorn Fixed Tuition, which currently locks in tuition for participants at an average of $5,841 per semester, will increase by 7 percent. This change will affect only future students who opt in to Longhorn Fixed Tuition and does not affect current students.
How will the funds generated by these increases be used? (January 14)
Funds generated by this increase will be invested in student success, mental health, transportation, campus WI-FI infrastructure, and operational costs and other increases in the cost of delivering education.