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Costs

Understanding the costs associated with your student attending college can be overwhelming. These resources will help you get a handle on what to expect.


The university maintains yearly cost estimates for undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students, along with providing information about how students qualify as in state or out of state.

How Much Does It Cost to Attend UT?

This is one of the most asked questions for parents and students.

The One Stop website has breakdowns of direct (billable) costs and indirect (non-billable) costs for a year’s worth of attendance at UT, including everything from tuition to personal expenses for undergraduates, graduate students, and students studying law or veterinary medicine.

In State or Out of State?

A key factor in UT’s attendance cost is whether your student qualifies as in state or out of state. The Registrar’s Office handles residency classification and maintains information on its website about how determinations are made.

Calculator for Freshmen

Entering freshmen can put information into the Net Price Calculator about their background, plans, and finances to determine likely out-of-pocket expenses.

Attend UT for a Lower Cost

Your student may qualify for discounts or waivers to attend UT due to your employment or theirs, a relationship to a member of the military, or pursuit of a degree through the university’s membership in the Academic Common Market.

If you’d like to take courses at UT, you may also qualify for a discount or waiver. The One Stop website has the details you need to know and the forms to submit.

How to Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

Does your student need financial aid to help pay for school? If you’re trying to figure out how the process works and where to start, don’t worry.

One Stop Express Student Services guides you and your student through financial aid. Counselors will explain how to estimate the costs, what’s available, how your student applies and finds out what he’ll receive, and how to meet the requirements to keep financial aid.

Your student may be able to pursue merit-based scholarships to help offset the costs of attending UT, or even earn a full ride. The university awards millions of dollars in annual scholarships, including summer term and study abroad programs. The first step to be considered is to apply for financial aid.

Enrollment Deposits

If your undergraduate student has been accepted and wants to enroll at UT, an enrollment deposit may be necessary.

University Housing

Students who have confirmed their enrollment can reserve housing on campus. University Housing has information posted on the rates.

Meal Plans

Enrolled students can sign up for a meal plan. Volunteer Dining has information about the costs.

Orientation Fees

Our New Vols site has the costs for attending orientation at UT. Select “First-Year Student,” “Transfer Student,” etc. to see the details.

Ignite Program Fees

The Ignite Program, a unique opportunity for freshmen to learn about opportunities for involvement and life outside the classroom, has information on registration and fees.

Student Parking Permits

Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parents Association Fees

Joining the Parents Association is a great way for you to stay connected and help support your student from orientation to graduation.


Do you make payments for your student’s tuition and fees or deposit money into a VolCard account for campus services? We make it easy for you. PAYMENTS TO STUDENT ACCOUNTS


Information from the IRS

Parents, as well as UT students, may be eligible for education related tax benefits. The American Opportunity (Hope Credit extended) and the Lifetime Learning Credit are education credits you can subtract in full from federal income tax, not just deduct from taxable income.

View Tuition and Fees

UT’s current tuition amounts and fees are posted on the One Stop website. The university is using the 15-4 Tuition Model for students who enroll as full-time undergraduates between fall 2013 and summer 2014. These students pay for 15 credit hours, regardless of how many they take per semester.

The fees are listed in two categories, mandatory fees due for all students, and other fees, which may be due depending on your student’s course of study, graduation plan, or other factors.

How to Pay Tuition and Fees

Find out how your student gives you authorization to pay tuition and fees directly to the university.

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