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Guaranteed Tuition and Fees

UTRGV has established guaranteed tuition plans for all resident and non-resident students, except medical students.  The cost of tuition and mandatory fees at each credit hour load will not increase during the guarantee period.  Participation is mandatory, and there is no requirement to sign a contract or opt-in.

These plans, which provide a predictable cost and encourage timely graduation, also include a 12 hour cap on tuition and mandatory fees.

For undergraduate students initially enrolling at an institution of higher education in the Fall 2014 and subsequent semesters, tuition and mandatory fees will be guaranteed for four years.

Undergraduates initially enrolling in higher education prior to Fall 2014 will be provided transitional rates and guarantee periods according to the number of college hours previously earned.

For graduate students, tuition and mandatory fees are guaranteed for four years for traditional programs and two years for accelerated online programs.

Medical school tuition and fee rates will vary by program year.

Click here for tuition and mandatory fee rate tables.

Q&A

Which charges are covered by the guarantee?
The guarantee covers the tuition and mandatory fees required for general enrollment.  These fees cover university services, medical services, recreation, student services, and the student union.

Which charges are not covered by the guarantee?
The guarantee does not cover fees not required of all students for general enrollment. Examples include charges for housing, meal plans, parking, traffic citations, labs, continuing education, special programs, supplemental instruction, testing, and various incidental fees.

Importantly, the tuition surcharges applicable to resident undergraduates for repeated and excessive credit hours are not covered by the fixed-price tuition guarantee.

When does the “clock” on the guarantee start? 
The guarantee period begins with the first semester in which a student is enrolled at an institution of higher education.  This includes enrollment at other institutions, including community colleges.

Earning college credits prior to high school graduation or its equivalent does not constitute initial enrollment in college for purposes of the guarantee period. This includes credits earned through participation in dual credit enrollment, early college high school, and Math & Science Academy programs.

Does the “clock” stop if I do not attend continuously?
No, the guarantee period is not extended when a student does not enroll for one or more semesters.  The “clock” starts with the initial college semester and, in the case of a four-year guarantee, will expire after 12 consecutive semesters (counting the summer period as one semester).

What happens to the rates if I don’t graduate within the guarantee period?
Students not graduating within the guarantee period will shift to the lowest rates available among all open (non-expired) plans.  The new rates may be lower (but never higher) than the rates applicable to entering students.

The 12-Hour Cap

Tuition and mandatory fee charges at UTRGV are capped for resident students at 12 credit hours each semester.  In other words, taking 15 or 18 hours a semester (or more) will cost the same as taking 12 hours.

Charges for non-resident students are also capped at 12 credit hours except for non-resident statutory tuition rates which are required to be charged, by state statute, for each hour enrolled.

The 12-hour cap does not apply to lab and supplemental instruction fees. In addition, the cap does not apply to tuition surcharges for repeated and excessive credit hours and to accelerated online programs.

Transition to Graduate School

Students who earn an undergraduate degree may use unexpired time in their guarantee periods to continue into graduate programs at the graduate rates in effect when they initially enrolled in college.

Getting a Head Start: Earning College Credits while in High School

The Dual Credit Program provides opportunities for students to earn up to 42 core college credit hours while enrolled in high school. UTRGV will provide this instruction at no cost, resulting in significant savings in the cost to earn a degree. Click here for more information.