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Tuition and Fees

How are tuition charges determined?

Tuition and fees are assessed based upon the student's level (graduate or undergraduate), residency status, number of credit hours enrolled, degree, cohort and which courses. Some courses have course specific fees attached to them (Lab, materials, field trip or insurance).

How much is Tuition?

The Tuition costs vary depending on the semester, residency status and level (undergraduate or graduate). Please refer to Tuition and Fees, select the semester, level and residency to see the tables.

When is Tuition and Fees due?

Tuition and fees are due prior to the beginning of each term. Please see Important Dates - Tuition & Fees for each semester’s due dates. When a student registers on or after the due date the payment is due by the end of the business day. Payments not received by the due date will be assessed a $50 late payment fee and may be subject to cancellation of classes for non-payment. When a student is dropped for non-payment and wants to be re-enrolled, an appeal must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. If the appeal is granted the student’s account will be assessed a $100 reinstatement fee. A student who is reinstated is not guaranteed that the previous classes will still be available

I did not receive a bill for my Tuition?

The Business Office does not mail bills. A student may access their balance and electronic bills through the Bill/Payment Suite by logging into SAIL. Tuition and Fee due dates can be found under Important Date - Tuition & Fees on the Business Office website.

I added a class, when will I get a bill?

The Business Office does not mail bills. If a student adds a class on or after the payment due date for tuition and fees the payment is due at the time of registration. Failure to pay may result in cancelation of classes and/or penalty fees. The amount due for the additional classes can be viewed on the Bill/Payment Suite by logging into SAIL.

I am registering during the late registration period, is there a penalty fee?

A student who registers during the late registration period will be assessed a late registration fee of $25. Payment is due at the time of registration, if the payment is not received by the end of the business day a $50 late payment fee will be assessed. If a student has pending financial aid where all documentation is complete and the Business Office is waiting for the Office of Financial Assistance to disburse then no late payment fee will be assessed.

What if my Tuition and Fees are paid by a Third Party Sponsor?

If a student's tuition and fees are to paid by an employer, government agency, etc…, the student will need to bring the necessary paperwork to the Accounts Receivable Office located in the Student Services Center before the payment due date for each semester so that the student's account can be credited and the sponsor billed. The student is responsible for any amount not collected from the sponsor. A Third Party Sponsor must be pre-approved, if the Sponsor is new they must contact the Accounts Receivable Office at 361-825-5889. For more information see the section on Third Party Billings.

If I do not pay for my Tuition by the due date is there a penalty fee?

Payments not received by the due date for registration will be assessed a $50 late payment fee. If registering on or after the payment due date for the term, payment is due by the end of the business day on the day of registration. If payment is not received by the end of the business day then the late payment fee will be assessed. If a student has pending financial aid where all documentation is complete and the Business Office is waiting for the Office of Financial Assistance to disburse then no late fee will be assessed.

What is a 3-Peat Fee?

The State of Texas will not provide funds to state institutions of higher education for semester credit hours related to a course in which a student is enrolled for the third or more time. Therefore, as permitted by state law, the University will charge additional fees to a student who registers for a course for the third time or more. The fee will be $100 per semester credit hour for such courses. The courses counted toward the limitation include all hours attempted by the student except: Thesis, Dissertation, Individual Music Lessons, Theater Practicum, Music Performance, Ensembles, Studio Art, certain P.E. and Kinesiology courses, Independent Study (topic changes), Special Topics (topic changes), and Developmental Education (not to exceed 18 semester credit hours). An attempted course is any time that a student registers for the course and receives a grade or W on their transcript.

What is Excessive Hours Tuition?

The State of Texas will not provide funds to state institutions of higher education for excess semester credit hours earned by a resident undergraduate student. Therefore, as permitted by state law, the University will charge additional tuition to students who exceed the semester credit hour limit for their programs. The tuition rate will not exceed the rate charged to nonresident undergraduate students. Excess semester credit hours are those which accrue after the student exceeds by 30 hours the number of semester credit hours required for the completion of the degree program in which the student is enrolled. Thus, the student may accumulate up to 30 hours beyond those required for the chosen degree program and not exceed the limitation. The limitation on excess credit hours applies only to those undergraduate students who first enter higher education in Fall 1999 or later.

Are there any hours that are not counted toward the limitation of hours for Excessive Hours Tuition?

The semester credit hours counted toward the limitation includes all hours attempted by the student except:

    • Semester credit hours earned by the student before receiving a baccalaureate degree that previously has been awarded to the student
    • Semester credit hours earned by the student by examination or under any other procedure by which credit is earned without registering for the course for which tuition is charged
    • Credit for a remedial education course, a technical course, a workforce education course funded according to contact hours, or another course that does not count toward a degree program at the institution, and
    • Semester credit hours earned by the student at a private institution or an out-of-state institution.

How much is the Excessive Hour Tuition?

The excessive hour tuition rate is based on the difference between non-resident and resident undergraduate tuition. Each year the hourly rate may change. Please go to the Business Office website for the current rate.