Frequently Asked Questions
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What was the process for increasing tuition? (January 14)
The UT System Board of Regents instituted a new process this year to set tuition for all UT institutions. Institutions were asked by the UT System to provide information that was then used to determine a systemwide approach. The 2.6 percent increase reflects the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI), an inflation index designed specifically to track the main cost drivers in higher education.
You can read a statement on tuition from UT System here.
Will students who qualify for the Texas Advance Commitment be affected? (January 14)
For students who qualify for Texas Advance Commitment, the tuition increases will continue to be offset by guaranteed financial assistance.
The Texas Advance Commitment will continue to completely cover tuition and fees for students from families that have adjusted gross incomes up to $65,000 a year and who have financial need, and provide some assured tuition support to students from families with incomes of up to $125,000 who have financial need.
This commitment includes qualified students in the three colleges that will charge tuition differentials.
Will tuition rates increase for graduate students? (January 14)
Tuition for most master’s and doctoral programs will not be increased. The Graduate Education Task Force is continuing to work with the campus to address graduate student compensation and tuition reductions.
Programs that will see an increase in tuition include: Master’s in Professional Accounting (MPA), Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Executive and Evening MBA and International MBA. A limited number of graduate programs were already in the process of phasing in rolling tuition increases that were approved in the prior tuition setting process. Those will continue as planned.
How much will undergraduate tuition increase? (January 14)
Undergraduate tuition rates will increase by 2.6 percent per year for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years, as approved by the UT System Board of Regents. This increase will apply to both resident (in-state) and non-resident (out of state) undergraduate students.
Resident undergraduate tuition, which currently averages $5,440 per semester, will increase by an average of $143 per semester in 2020-21 and $146 per semester in 2021-22.
Can an undergraduate student enrolled in a graduate course use the undergraduate COVID-19 pass/fail exception on the graduate course? (January 11)
No. The COVID-19 pass/fail exception should not be used for graduate courses, including for undergraduate students enrolled in graduate-level courses or in an integrated program.
Why didn’t I receive a federal stimulus check from the IRS? I thought I qualified. (January 7)
Federal stimulus checks were sent to those who filed taxes and were not claimed as a dependent or were qualified to be claimed by a dependent by someone else. You are a dependent if you are financially supported by someone or if someone claimed you as a dependent on their most recent (2018/2019) tax return. You are eligible to be claimed as a dependent if you use the address of a parent or guardian that can claim you as a dependent on your tax return. Or, you are eligible to be claimed as a dependent if you are a student between the ages of 18-24. The IRS policy regarding federal stimulus checks states anyone eligible to be claimed as a dependent does not qualify for an economic impact payment – even if you filed taxes as independent.
Do the new policies apply to transfer coursework? Can I take a course at another institution, designate it as one of my COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions, and count it for my degree? (January 6)
No, COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions are not applicable to transfer coursework. If a student takes a class at another institution and transfers it in with a letter grade or with a “CR” or “Pass” grade, the student cannot choose to use one of their COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions to count the class for a degree requirement. (Note that a college or school can elect to allow a transfer class with a grade of “CR” or “Pass” to fulfill a degree requirement through petition.)
I am pursuing an integrated program for fall 2020 and/or spring 2021 and I am now classified as a graduate student, may I use the online system to submit COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions (CPFE’s)? (January 6)
No, you must submit a request for a CPFE by emailing the following address: registrarCPFE@austin.utexas.edu.
How do I request a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception? (January 6)
Instructions vary by college/school:
Communication, Engineering, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, Social Work: You may submit a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception online. Your request will be updated on your student record immediately.
Architecture, Business, Geosciences, Nursing: You may submit a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception online. Your request will then be routed to an advisor for review. Someone from your college or school may follow-up with you to discuss your COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception request and its impact on your degree progress. Once you submit your request you will receive a tracking number that allows you to track the status of your request.
Education, Undergraduate Studies: Your college/school requires you to contact your advisor who will discuss the COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception request with you, and if necessary, submit your request on your behalf. Please work with your advisor to track the status of your request.
I am an undergraduate student and have not yet paid my tuition bill for spring 2021. Can I still submit spring 2021 COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions via the online system? (January 6)
Students eligible to use the online system must have already paid their tuition bill for spring 2021 in order to submit COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception requests for that semester.
Could I use the COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception to change a class from a standard Pass/Fail (selected before the mid-semester deadline) back to a letter grade? Or to a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception? (December 21)
If the class is usually offered for a letter grade and the student has opted to change to a standard Pass/Fail (before the mid-semester deadline), they can only elect to change that class to a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception, allowing it to count for a degree requirement. They cannot use the COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception to revert the class to be graded for a letter grade.
Why was the date to select a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception changed from June 15, 2021 to May 28, 2021? (December 10)
This earlier date was adopted for a number of reasons including wanting to ensure we confer degrees as quickly as possible after the semester ends while also providing enough time to support the start of summer semester and summer orientation events.
What grades qualify for a “CR” or Pass? (December 10)
Generally, a Pass (noted on the transcript as a CR) is a D- or higher, but there are some exceptions. Please refer to the Course Catalog for detailed information.