Locked & Variable Rate Plans

Tuition Rate Opt-in Choices

Incoming Freshman

 

All incoming freshmen will have a choice of opting for one of the following two tuition rate codes:

  • The Four-Year Locked Rate* which is a compounded four-year average, allowing for a per semester fixed rate of required tuition and fees for twelve consecutive full semesters, or four consecutive years, from the time of first enrollment in an institution of higher education after high school.
  • The Variable Rate, which is set annually using factors such as inflationary cost increases, new strategic initiatives, and the overall needs of the university.

Transfers & Re-Admit Students

All transfers and re-admit students will have a choice of opting into:

  • The Current Academic Year's Locked Rate* which much like the locked rate plan offered to incoming freshman, is a compounded four-year average allowing for a per semester fixed rate of required tuition and fees for twelve consecutive full semesters or four consecutive years, from the time of first enrollment in an institution of higher education after high school.
  • The First Term of Enrollment Locked Rate which corresponds with the calculated remaining years since their first enrolled term after high school (possibly less per hour, but shorter duration before expiration). The students, in this case, would have to make sure that the year they are expected to graduate doesn't go past the fourth and final year this locked rate is scheduled to expire.
  • The Variable Rate which is set annually using factors such as inflationary cost increases, new strategic initiatives, and the overall needs of the university.

*Locked rates are guaranteed for a period of time-based on college and/or major:

  • All majors in the College of Engineering: 4.5 years from the time freshmen first enter college after high school; Landscape Architecture: 5 years from the time freshmen first enter college after high school; All Other Majors: 4 years from the time freshmen first enter college after high school
  • Once you have completed the length of time in your locked rate cohort you will automatically be moved to the current year Variable Rate Cohort
  • Non-Resident Students: Because the State of Texas does not fund "non-resident" tuition, mandates issued by the state for the fixed-rate tuition plan do not apply to non-resident students. Therefore, non-resident students will default to the variable-rate plan.

Locked Rate and Variable Rate FAQs

Rate Code Info

Example Cost by Rate Code  

Example costs per semester of 2018-2019 tuition and fees for a student in the College of Liberal Arts paying in-state tuition and registered for 12 or more hours:

First Entered College Locked or Variable Tuition Rate Code In Howdy Tuition Calculator >Rate Selection Potentially Expires Liberal Arts In-state Tuition 12 or more hours
2014-2015 Locked TLR_1415 Locked 2014-2015 Summer 2018 $4,677.66
2015-2016 Locked TLR_1516 Locked 2015-2016 Summer 2019 $4,803.40
2016-2017 Locked TLR_1617 Locked 2016-2017 Summer 2020 $5,109.75
2017-2018 Locked TLR_1718 Locked 2017-2018 Summer 2021 $5,201.70
2018-2019 Locked TLR_1819 Locked 2018-2019 Summer 2022 $5,484.20
2018-2019 Variable TLR_VARI Variable 2018-2019 only $5,223.20
Example Tuition Rate Codes  
Tuition Rate Code Explanations
  • The first three characters indicate whether the tuition rate code is locked or variable.
  • TLR stands for Tuition Locked Rate.
  • TVR stands for Tuition Variable Rate.
  • The last four characters of the Locked Rate tuition codes indicate the year the student first entered an institution of higher education after high school.

Example Tuition Rate Codes

First Entered College Tuition Rate Code Locked or Variable Potentially Expires
2014-2015 TLR_1415 Tuition Locked Rate Summer 2018
2015-2016 TLR_1516 Tuition Locked Rate Summer 2019
2016-2017 TLR_1617 Tuition Locked Rate Summer 2020
2017-2018 TLR_1718 Tuition Locked Rate Summer 2021
2018-2019 TLR_1819 Tuition Locked Rate Summer 2022
2018-2019 TVR_VARI Tuition Variable Rate Rate is for the 2018-2019 academic year only
Changes to Your Rate Code  
Incoming Undergraduate Students
  • Incoming freshmen and transfer/re-admit students may request a one-time reset to make a different tuition rate code selection prior to the 12th class day of their first term of enrollment. Requests to change tuition rate codes should be made via the Applicant Information System 'Contact Us' feature.
Continuing Undergraduate Students
  • Changes to tuition rate codes cannot be made after the 12th class day of a student's first term of enrollment.

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