Tuition Reductions

Tuition Exemptions

If you receive a tuition exemption, you do not have to pay tuition that semester. Tuition exemptions are issued only for the period in which a student is currently enrolled. Applications must be submitted no later than the date of commencement at the end of the spring semester or the official graduation date at the end of the summer session or fall semester. Satisfactory academic progress must be met in order to maintain eligibility for most exemptions.

Exemptions include:

  • Highest Ranking High School Graduate
  • Blind/Deaf Student Exemption
  • Exemption for Children of Disabled or Deceased Texas Firefighters and Peace Officers
  • Exemption for Children of Prisoners of War or Persons Missing in Action
  • Exemption for Children of Professional Nursing Faculty and Staff Members
  • Exemption for Clinical Nursing Preceptors and their Dependents
  • Exemption for Foster and Adopted Children
  • Hazlewood Act Exemption for Spouses/Children of Texas Ex-Servicemembers
  • Hazlewood Act Exemption for Texas Ex-Servicemembers
  • Legacy Act Exemption for Children of Texas Ex-Servicemembers
  • Peace Officers Disabled in the Line of Duty Exemption
  • Exemption for the Surviving Spouse and Dependent Children of Certain Deceased Public Servants (Employees)
  • Exemption for Participants in a Military Funeral
  • Exemption for Senior Citizens

For detailed information about who is eligible for each exemption, what is exempted and where to apply for an exemption, consult the General Information Catalog.

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Tuition Waivers

A tuition waiver allows for a portion of your tuition to not be paid. You are responsible for payment of the remaining tuition not covered by the waiver. Waivers are issued only for the period in which you are currently enrolled. Applications must be submitted no later than the date of commencement at the end of the spring semester or the official graduation date at the end of the summer session or fall semester. Satisfactory academic progress must be met in order to maintain eligibility for most waivers.

Waivers include:

  • Competitive Scholarship Waiver
  • Economic Development and Diversification Waiver
  • Waiver for Faculty Members, Teaching Assistants, and Research Assistants, and their Dependents
  • Good Neighbor Scholarship
  • Waiver for International Students Who Hold Visas Allowing for Domicile in the United States
  • Waiver for Mexican Citizens with Financial Need
  • Waiver for Military Personnel Stationed in Texas
  • Nonresidents Enrolled in the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan or Texas Tuition Promise Fund
  • Waiver for Military Veterans, Spouses and Children Moving to Texas

For detailed information about who is eligible for each waiver, what is waived and where to apply for a waiver, consult the General Information Catalog.

To submit a tuition waiver, please email directly to

Third-Party Billing

Agencies outside the university may set up a third-party billing arrangement that pays all or a part of your tuition bill. You are responsible for any amount not covered by the third party. Arrangements must be made in advance with the Special Billing Office, Main Building (MAI) Room 4. Find additional information on other types of third-party billing not listed below in the General Information Catalog.

529 Tuition Plans

To pay using a 529 college savings plan:

  • 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 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.
  • See instructions on mailing payments, included overnight delivery.

Texas Prepaid Tuition Plans

The Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan (TGTP), also known as the Texas Tomorrow Fund, was offered as the original Texas prepaid tuition plan. The plan was open from 1995 to 2003 and is currently closed to new enrollment. The New Plan opened in 2008 and is known as the Texas Tuition Promise Fund. The primary difference between the plans:

  • Texas Tomorrow Fund (old plan): The Texas Constitution guarantees payment of tuition and required fees for the plan’s beneficiaries who attend college when their purchaser redeems their contract for that purpose.
  • Texas Tuition Promise Fund (new plan): The plan is not constitutionally guaranteed. However, Texas law requires all Texas two-year and four-year public colleges and universities to accept tuition units as payment for the applicable portion of tuition and required fees. This law does not apply to private or out-of-state colleges and universities or career schools.

You may scan and email a copy of your student’s TGTP ID card to or submit the card in person in Main Building (MAI) Room 4. Be sure to include the student’s full name, UT EID, classification (incoming freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate) and the semester you want to begin using the student’s TGTP coverage.

The TGTP does not cover any fees that are not charged each semester to all students. Examples of these fees include the general property deposit, affiliated studies fee or international student fees. The TGTP appears as a credit to your tuition, listed by the line item “Less third party billing.” TGTP is applied directly to the tuition balance first. Scholarships are then applied to any remaining tuition or other university charges. Any remaining amount of scholarship funds are released to the student and can be used for other related expenses such as textbooks.

Your TGTP account is expended based upon the number of credit hours you take. The University of Texas at Austin bills TGTP for the actual number of semester credit hours for which you are enrolled even though the flat rate tuition charge is the same dollar amount for 12 or more credit hours.

  • 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 their membership ID card to Student Accounts Receivable the first semester they enroll at UT. Students in their senior year will need to provide proof of remaining hours in their plan.
  • 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. 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 p.m. on the due date, or their registration will be canceled.

Post 9/11 GI Bill®

The Post 9/11 GI Bill® education benefit is earned by members of Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard Armed Forces and their families. Eligibility is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This benefit can cover a percentage of tuition and mandatory fees based on the length of active duty service as determined by the VA.

Refer to the GI Bill® Benefits web page for detailed information on how to apply for this benefit.

You may also contact Veteran Certification:
Main Building (MAI) Room 16
Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Tuition Reduction Benefit

If you are employed as a teaching assistant (TA), assistant instructor (AI), or graduate research assistants (GRA), you are eligible for a tax-exempt Tuition Reduction Benefit related to your student academic employment. For more information, visit the Tuition Reduction Benefit website.

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