Tuition and Fees
In accordance with Chapter 54 of the Texas Educational Code, the University of Houston may collect from students attending the institution any tuition, fee, or charge of any kind as permitted by law.
To assist you in estimating the cost of your tuition and fees, current rates and a tuition and fee calculator can be located on the Student Business Services website at: http://www.uh.edu/financial/graduate/tuition-fees/. This information is to be used for estimation purposes only. Tuition and fee charges are based upon the student’s residency status, course of study, and number of hours taken. Students should be aware that other fees, such as laboratory fees, course fees, parking decals, etc., are not included in the tuition and fee calculator estimates. The university reserves the right to update rates for tuition, fees and other charges as approved by university board of regents or the Texas Legislature.
It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of all respective payment due dates. Payment due dates can be found on the Student Business Services website at: http://www.uh.edu/financial/payment/billing-due-dates/. Prior to enrollment each term all students will be required to acknowledge the payment terms agreement.
University Fees are listed for both undergraduate and graduate students on the Student Business Services website.
Depending upon your course of study, additional course/lab fees may be applicable. Please check with your advisor or the class listing to see if additional charges apply.
“Miscellaneous Fees” may be viewed by accessing the Student Financial Services Web site at http://www.uh.edu/financial/graduate/tuition-fees/required-fees.
Approval to audit must be approved by the dean of the college in which the course is offered. Students who choose to audit a class will pay the applicable rate for tuition and fees assessed to students enrolled in a for credit class.
Installment Payment Plans
The University of Houston offers payment plans which allows students to pay tuition and fees in four installments. Students accept the installment plan through student self-service. In order to enroll students must pay a $25.00 service fee and a minimum of 25% of current semester charges. Installment plan due dates are published at the following Web site: http://www.uh.edu/financial/payment/ under the Billing Due Dates section. All installments are due by the published due dates. Installments not paid by the due date will be assessed a $25.00 and late fee.
Deferred Payment Plan
The university offers two deferment plans to assist students in paying their tuition and fees. These plans are referred to as the Emergency Deferment Plan & Short Term Deferment Plan. The Emergency Deferment extends payment of the current semester’s tuition and mandatory fees. The emergency deferment is due no later than either the 90th calendar day of the semester or by the last class day, whichever comes first. This deferment does not cover room and board fees.
The Short Term Tuition Deferment covers 100% of all current semester tuition and fees, as well as room and board charges. This short term deferment is due by the 45th calendar day of the semester or by the last class day, whichever comes first. Book loans are available each term and through the 20th class day and must be used during the first 20 calendar days of the semester. The Book Loan is $400.00 during the fall or spring semester and $200.00 during the summer session.
University Payment Plans and Book Loan are only available online through student self-service. For more information please visit the following web site: www.uh.edu/sbs or speak to a Customer Service Representative at the Welcome Center.
Students with a prior term balance will not be eligible to enter a new payment plan or qualify for a book loan until all past due amounts are paid in full.
Tuition and Fees Exemptions and Residency Waivers
The University of Houston extends to students any waivers and exemptions for which they qualify. The university reserves the right to evaluate each individual waiver and exemption for compliance with existing regulations and will base any decision on the merit of such review.
Effective fall 2014, all Texas public institutions of higher education must comply with new legislation passed by the Texas Legislature that has been added to the Texas Education Code Section 54.2001 Continued Receipt of Exemptions or Waivers. In order to continue receiving certain waivers and exemptions, graduate and undergraduate students must now meet the University’s grade point average requirement for making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree or certificate, in accordance with the institution’s policy regarding eligibility for financial aid. In addition, hours considered excessive under Texas Education Code, Section 54.014 Tuition for Repeated or Excessive Hours, may not be eligible for exemption.
A listing of the most common statutory waivers can be located on the Student Business Services website at: http://www.uh.edu/financial/payment/Fee-Waivers/.
Tuition and Fees Refund Policy
Students who drop courses but maintain enrollment for that academic term (i.e., do not drop all their courses) may be eligible for a refund for the dropped courses(s) subject to refund guidelines established by the state legislature. Withdrawal after the first class day may result in the student owing money to the university. Students who have unpaid obligations under a payment plan may be liable for any unpaid obligations. Read Refunds Under Installment Payment Plans in this section for additional information.) Please visit: www.uh.edu/financial/payment/refunds/ for the University of Houston refund schedule.
Administrative offices are not open on weekends. If the percentage of refund due to a withdrawal changes over a weekend, the student must submit his withdrawal to the Office of the University Registrar by 5 p.m. the Friday before that weekend in order to obtain the higher percentage of refund.
Any refund of charges calculated on dropped (or withdrawn) courses is determined by the drop (or withdrawn) dates on record. Refund percentages are found at: www.uh.edu/financial/payment/refunds/. Payments applied to an account will be subtracted from the total “remaining charges.” When payments received exceed the “remaining charges,” the excess will be returned to the student.
If a credit balance is the result of dropped or withdrawn courses, or an overpayment, or credit(s) issued on an account, and no financial aid has been received, refunds must be requested online by the student through myUH. If a credit balance is the result of the application of excess financial aid to an account, and eligibility for financial aid is maintained with the existing course load, then a refund will automatically be generated to the student. It is not necessary to access myUH in this situation to request a refund.
Optional fee refunds for such items as parking, yearbooks, etc., are processed in the respective offices or departments.
Students must withdraw from school or drop classes at the Office of the University Registrar, 128 Welcome Center, for these transactions to be recognized as valid. Students who have received financial aid may also be required to repay to the university a portion of their aid upon withdrawal.
Refunds Under Installment Payment Plans
Dropping courses or withdrawing from the university does not relieve a student of the responsibility for unmet financial obligations to the university. Students enrolled in installment payment plans must continue making payments until the nonrefundable portions of their accounts are paid in full.
Contact the Bursar’s Office for more information.
99-Hour Doctoral Cap
The State of Texas subsidizes a large portion of the costs of doctoral education at its public universities, and the State Legislature has decided to limit the length of time the state will continue this subsidy for individual students. All doctoral students who accumulate more than ninety-nine doctoral semester credit hours at any Texas public institution of higher education will be charged the nonresident tuition rates irrespective of student residency status or any appointment, fellowship, or other circumstance that would normally entitle them to resident tuition rates.
See the catalog entry on the 99-Hour Doctoral Cap for full details.